Tips for Getting Better Fuel Economy

One thing most drivers in Dallas can agree on is that they would like to get better fuel economy out of their vehicle. At Goodson Acura of Dallas, we want to help. Keep in mind the following tips and you might find yourself stopping at the gas station less frequently.

The first thing you can do is go easy on your car. Hitting the gas to try to make that yellow light is burning more fuel than you may think. The same can be said of waiting too long to hit the brakes. Letting your foot off the gas and…

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Roadside Emergency Kits

A car jack and spare tire are two of the things that you should have in your roadside emergency kit. You will likely have a flat tire at some point. You can also put some tire sealant and tire inflator inside of your kit. Jumper cables are something else that you will need to have in your kit.

You may accidentally leave your lights on at night, come outside and realize that your battery has been drained. You can use jumper cables to get your car started again. The jumper cables will need to be at least 20 feet long…

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Exhaust Systems And A Decrease In Motor Function

If there are any issues that arise with your muffler or exhaust system, then it could result in a decrease in fuel efficiency as well as a decrease in overall motor performance. A common sign that your muffler might need to be replaced is a loud noise from underneath your car while you're driving in Dallas. You could also notice a vibration from under your car.

Your exhaust system could exude odors that aren't pleasant. As soon as you notice these odors, you should contact Goodson Acura of Dallas as the fumes could enter the inside of your…

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Charging a Car Battery in Dallas

Your vehicle has two separate ways that it can charge its battery. The alternator is capable of charging it, and you can purchase an external battery charger from Goodson Acura of Dallas. The alternator kicks in anytime that your engine is running. The battery dying completely will require an external charger. Your alternator simply can't charge your battery from that low of a level.

Normal battery use occurs when you are running your radio, air conditioning or dome lights with the engine off. If you're placing too much draw on a battery when the engine is

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These Differences in Spare Tires Are Important to Know

Goodson Acura of Dallas wants to help you understand the difference between a full-size spare tire and a compact temporary spare tire. Sometimes called a donut, temporary spares are only meant for limited use. Here's a closer look at the limitations of a compact spare.

Donut spare tires are not meant to cover long distances. In the best situations they can be counted on to get you to a service center where a new tire can be obtained. You should not drive on compact spare tires for long periods, and you cannot drive at a high rate of speed…

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When You Might Need Fuel Pump Service

You’re driving along and suddenly the engine starts sputtering. Perhaps the fuel gauge doesn’t read what you think it should. Do you know what to do or what the problem may be? Our service technicians at Goodson Acura of Dallas have dealt with this kind of problem and want you to be knowledgeable of when your fuel pump needs service or your entire vehicle needs some work.

Here are some signs that might indicate your fuel pump is in need of repair or replacement.

• The vehicle begins to surge or speed down the road.
• The vehicle sputtering at…

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Protecting Your Vehicle's Interior: All-Weather Floor Mats vs. Carpet

Using an extra layer of protective floor mats will help save you time and effort in cleaning out your car. The type of car mats that you choose depends on how much exposure your vehicle has to dirt and yucky weather and the type of look that you want for the interior of your vehicle.

All-weather mats are the best option for vehicles that are regularly in the path of harsh weather, muddy areas or generally used in dirty conditions. They do a fantastic job of collecting any liquid and dirt but may not look as refined as carpet mats…

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How Do Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Function?

Rearview mirrors are a lot more beneficial and functional than they were years ago. The latest versions have an automatic dimming feature that can help prevent glare from any vehicles that are driving behind you. Ever wonder how they work? Goodson Acura of Dallas wants to share some information with you.

A sensor that is on the back of your rearview mirror will monitor any headlights that are behind your car while you're driving. The mirror inside of your vehicle will dim according to the level of light. This will help increase your visibility.

 

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What About Replacing the Car's Tires?

If a tire blows out, the result could be a major accident. After all, a driver could lose control of the vehicle without a tire. Blowouts aren’t always unexpected, either. Often, the condition of the tires loudly proclaims the tires are long overdue for replacing.

Cracked side walls and dry rot indicate a tire is at high risk for a blow out soon. The web-like cracks indicate the rubber is ready to tear apart. As the tire expands while the vehicle drives, the cracks could lead to the tire exploding.

Yes, it is very important for Dallas drivers to…

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The Importance of Your Vehicle's Alternator

The alternator under the hood of your car, truck, or SUV is one of the most important elements of your vehicle's mechanics. The alternator is the component that provides power to the electrical elements of your vehicle when it is in operation. The alternator also charges the battery.

Due to the important nature of the alternator, you need to be certain that it is in tip-top condition. You can tell that your alternator may be in need of replacement if the GEN or ALT warning light illuminates. Dim lights are also a potential indicator that something is awry with…

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