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Getting Your Car Jump-Started

Your car needs a battery in order to properly operate. If your battery dies, you can find another vehicle to jump yours off so that you can get back on the road in Dallas. Make sure you attach each cable to the correct post on the battery. The red cable usually goes to the positive post while the black cable is for the negative side.

Keep both of the cars turned off until you get the cables connected to both batteries. When they are connected, start the car that doesn't have a dead battery. It takes about five minutes…

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How Do Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work?

Bright lights at night, even when they are coming from behind, make concentrating on the road ahead more difficult. New technologies such as auto-dimming rearview mirrors seek to make nighttime driving safer and more enjoyable.

Your rearview mirror works by utilizing a photosensitive sensor integrated directly into its housing. When it senses a light above a certain brightness, it automatically fires a charge into a layer of gel directly behind the reflective glass. This gel absorbs the oncoming light, in essence causing a dimming effect in the glass itself by darkening its surface...
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Understanding Roof Racks and How They Can Work for You

There are times when you have big items that you want to take with you on the road and you do not think that they will fit inside your vehicle. A roof rack can come in handy in those times and it can provide you with a little extra space. Know how to make the most of a roof rack.

When you are using a roof rack, make sure that you know how much weight your vehicle can hold. You might be tempted to load all kinds of things onto the vehicle, but you must not go over the recommended…
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How do blind-spot monitors work?

With the many safety features available on your car, our team here at Goodson Acura of Dallas understands the importance of being an informed car owner so that you can make the most of your new car.

Rearview and side mirrors help you stay aware of your surroundings. But what happens when another vehicle gets into your blind spots? Some vehicles have sensors and/or cameras installed throughout the car. These sensors make use of radar or sonar to warn you when vehicles enter one of your blind spots.

Some of these blind-spot monitor systems will give you audio and…
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Knowing How Mechanics Charge Money

Going to a mechanic to get your vehicle fixed can be a potentially expensive thing. If you are wondering what goes into the expenses of vehicle service, then you must consider the factors. There are two factors to the vehicle's service. These factors are the parts and the labor. This is how the final price is determine.

One thing that you may notice is that you are paying more for the parts and the service than usual. This is normal for mechanics to charge more for the parts. However, the shady ones are going to charge tons of money…

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How to Haggle the Best Deal

Investing in a new vehicle can be a very big deal. Most people don't have the money laying around to buy whatever vehicle that they want and not worry about the final price. If you are on a budget, we here at Goodson Acura of Dallas want to make sure that you get a new vehicle that will be affordable for you. We still want you to get the type of vehicle that you want. Let's look at some ways that you can haggle the best deal on a new vehicle.

Most people trade in an old vehicle…
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Testing Your Car Battery

It is important to regularly check your car battery. To check your battery safely and efficiently, it is important to wear safety glasses and protective gloves.

Follow these basic rules to test your battery:

  • It is important to make sure your ignition key and car lights are off before you begin testing.
  • Touch the red voltmeter test lead to the positive battery terminal and the black voltmeter test lead to the negative battery terminal.
  • Check the voltage reading on the voltmeter. If your battery has above 12.4 volts reading, then it’s sufficiently charged.
  • It is important to remove…
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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

Have you noticed that when you are driving, your vehicle doesn't seem to be gripping the road as well as it normally does? If you are sliding and slipping around corners when there is rain or snow on the ground, then it might be time to invest in a new set of tires. There are some common signs that a new set of tires is in your future. Let's take a closer look:

A penny test is a very simple way to check the tread wear on your tires. You simply insert a penny upside-down into the tread…
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How to Handle a Car Accident

The moment you get into a car accident in Dallas, you need to work quickly to ensure that everything is handled properly. Whether you were the victim or the one to blame for what happened, there are still steps that need to be taken.

You or the other party needs to call the police. 

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How to Make Your Pet Comfortable with Car Rides

If you need to take your pet in the car with you, there are a number of steps you need to take. Animals aren't used to the sensation of riding in a vehicle and may exhibit scared behavior. To ensure that you and your pets stay safe, here are some ways to get your pet comfortable.

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