The new 2013 Acura RDX has been almost totally rebuilt from the ground up. New engine, more space, navigation system. This new model is significantly different than the outgoing model: the Turbo 4 has been changed out with a V6, ground clearance has been increased and the ride has been improved significantly. As equipped, the RDX that was tested in the video blow was tested with the Tech Package and AWD here at Superior Acura, such a package will cost you around $40,000.
Take a look at the new RDX in the video below, and see all of the really great changes that were made to the 2013 Acura RDX.
This crossover, for all intents and purposes, is a significant improvement from the prior models, even with it’s slightly less aggressive suspension system. If you wanted to take a looks at the new 2013 Acura RDX, well you are going to have to wait just a bit, but let me assure you. Superior Acura knows that this wait is going to be worth it.
I know, “It’s a new car, how can it have electrical problems?” Well, either that new car probably really isn’t as new as you think, or you have a valid issue. So, how can you tell the difference and what do you do about it? Ask Superior!
The electrical systems in new cars have definitely made driving a lot easier over the decades. The seemingly endless innovations in electrical systems have helped us enjoy a more comfortable and easier drive. However, for every Yin, there’s a Yang.
Let’s say, you have problems starting your car and notice other problems with the electrical system. Let’s cover some of the issues that you could face with your new vehicle’s electrical system:
Common Automobile Electrical System Problems Are :Car’s Battery Is Dead – This is the most common problem…and most obvious. Check your battery by engaging your headlights and judge by the illumination.
No Power Stored in the Battery – When you turn the key, what do you hear? A little click? Does it sound like it want’s to turn over? It is possible that your car’s battery does not have ample power to crank the starter. You need a new battery.
Alternator is Not Working – A damaged or broken alternator could be the culprit. No alternator? No battery recharge. If your car suddenly start to lose “juice” while drive, you’ll know it could be your new car’s alternator.
Problem with Starter or Solenoid – Good parts gone bad parts. If it’s the starter, it won’t turn over. If you have Solenoid issues, you might find it harder to brake.
Battery Cables Might Be The Problem – A loose cable might be the root of the problem…give them a wiggle before you run out and buy a replacement.
Electrical Fuses – Check for any blown fuses in your fuse box. Also, feel around for any loose wires.
Cracks In Alternator Belt – Too much or too little tension, as well as cracks in the alternator belt cause trouble.
Ignition System Has Problems – You have a busted ignition switch. Give your mechanic a call.
Loose Spark Plugs – Loose or old plugs will certainly affect the operation of your vehicle. Are you loosing power as gears change? Does it lurch as if the gears aren’t engaging? It might be the internal combustion and the culprit is usually the plugs and cables.
Now these are just guidelines you can crosscheck any issue you might have experienced. I you can talk with your mechanic about your new car logically by doing a little research, you help him help you even faster. If you have any questions, or you might think that you might need a great mechanic, feel free to visit any Superior Automotive Location.
First, let Mike Albert Direct congratulate you on your new family member. Are you ready to install that infant baby seat, or are you going to wait until you are rushing your poor wife to the hospital for delivery? Don’t worry, we’ll is going to show you how to install an infant car seat. It’s easier than you think, but you must install it the right way.
The easiest way to show you the proper way to install an infant seat is by example. Since you aren’t here, this video does a great job explaining the “Do’s and Dont’s” of installing an infant seat.
Don’t wait until you are rushing to the hospital before you attempt to put in your infant seat to bring that bundle of joy back home. Go out to your car and practice. If you are having a problem achieving a proper installation, see any Mike Albert Direct or Superior Auto Group location and we’ll show you the proper way to install an infant car seat. You can also go to your local fire department, as they will also be more than happy to give you a brief demonstration,
Remember, if your infant isn’t secured in his or her seat properly, you can cause sever injury to your child. Be safe. Double and triple check your latches…Oh and…Congratulations.
At Superior, we often get the question, “I know the size of my rims, but what are all the other numbers on my tire”? Well, one of the numbers you already figured out, and that was your rim size. On your tire it is designated with an “R” then a number which is your rim size. The “R” indicates a radial tire, which is the most common tire you’ll see on passenger vehicles, vans and most trucks.
Here’s a quick video that explains your tire’s coding system accurately and simply:
The first character(s) in a tire size designate the tire’s class. In this example, “P” indicates that the tire is a passenger car tire. An “LT” before the tire size designates a light truck tire, and no letter before the size indicates that it is a European metric tire.
Section Width – “205″
A metric tire’s section width is measured in millimeters. This measurement is taken from sidewall to sidewall. In this example, the section width of the tire is 205mm.
Aspect Ratio – “65″
This number refers to the height of the sidewall. It is a percentage of the section width. In this example, 65 percent of the section width of 205mm equals 133.25.
Tire Construction – “R”
The “R” in this example indicates radial tire construction.
Wheel Diameter – “16″
This indicates the wheel diameter in inches.
All tire brands are designed differently and rated for different terms of mileage. If you are unsure of your tire options for your Cincinnati, Honda, Hyundai, Acura, or Kia and want to ensure that you put the proper tires on your vehicle, just see any Superior location and we’ll make sure you get the tires that will give you the most wear and save you the most at the pump. That’s right folks, buying and installing the right tire can help add a few miles to your tank, and we all need to get as many miles out of our tanks as possible.
What is your CV axle? Where is it located? What does it stand for? CV stands for “constant velocity” and the video below is absolutely one of the best informational videos that Superior has come across. Not only does the mechanic take the the time to explain what the CV Axle is, the components of the CV axle and what a bad one sounds like.
The CV axle in the video is a great example of the failure you can experience in your Cincinnati Honda, Hyundai, Kia or Acura. Take a look for yourself, the mechanic goes into extensive detail about the issues the CV axle was experiencing and how it can be fixed.
According to 2carpros.com
A CV joint or constant velocity joint is a type of mechanism that connects two fixed rotating shafts. This joint allows the shafts to be connected while axis pivots change, for example when suspension or steering operation occurs. CV joints are widely used in front-wheel and rear wheel drive cars. CV joints can deliver torque more evenly then conventional “U” joints. The CV joint is used because of its ability to transmit more even torque throughout a particular flex range. A CV joint can also deliver power on a wider range of angles then “U” joints, which makes them more desirable than its older counterpart. One difference between the two joints is the way they are serviced. A CV joint is constructed with a rubber boot that is meant to contain the lubricating grease. A typical “U” joint has grease seals on each bearing cap so a boot is not needed. The CV joint is virtually non-serviceable unless the boot ruptures or extreme conditions exist, like high mileage or abuse. When the CV joint fails simply replace it with a new unit. A “U” joint is much like the CV joint in that it too doesn’t require service unless fitted with a zirk fitting meant to allow grease to be inserted.
If you have any questions, or think that you may be experiencing a CV axle issue (knocking or clicking while turning or accelerating), don’t hesitate to bring it in to any Superior Automotive location. As the video above states, this is a repair you can do, but we don’t necessarily recommend it. Each manufacturer has their own installation process and to avoid causing any more damage to your vehicle, it’s probably a good idea to bring it it for service.
You have no problem jumping in your car, turning on the ignition and going about your daily business. It’s almost like magic, Until, of course, that magic engine has an issue and you don’t have any clue what it might be. One thing you can do to help our your Superior Automotive Service department, is to do a little research. Learn a little about your engine. The basic parts, the general mechanical working of it and any other main motor functions. The more you are able to tell us about your issue, the easier it will be for us to diagnose and fix what might be causing your car to not perform at it’s peak
Eric the Car Guy did a fantastic video that explains the absolute basics of the inner working of you propulsion system…your motor. The motor in your Honda, Acura, Hyundai or Kia, isn’t a very complicated machine. All engines are governed by the same basic principles of engineering an internal combustion engine. Eric, explains this very well in the video below. Take a look and educate yourself on the vehicle that you rely so much on. It really isn’t magic.
The bottom line is that the more you know about how your motor works the easier it will be for the Superior Auto Group to diagnose and fix your problem. Without your insight, the process of getting you back out on the road might take a little longer than we’d both like. Besides, it certainly can’t hurt to learn something new, can it?
Let me put it this way. We rely so much on our vehicles, when something goes wrong, we tend to panic and spend excessive money trying to explain what is happening and having your service experts run multiple diagnostics, many of which can be avoided if you just know a little about the mechanics of your motor. Watch the video again if you have to. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Superior, we know that not every driver can be a mechanical expert, but you can certainly help in diagnosing any issues you may be having.
No doubt you’ve seen the multiple brands of fuel additives that you can buy at your local automotive shop. They come with the promise of more power, better acceleration, and better gas mileage, but is it a significant amount and does it warrant the extra cost? It is no secret, that in the past, some companies that produce these products have been in and out of the courts over law suits filed claiming that it is false advertising, however, those same companies point to their data saying that they work. So, who do you believe? Do you trust that it will be money well spent? The Superior Automotive Group has the same question, and while we already know the answer, I still wanted to try to find some additional proof as to the validity of loading your fuel tank with an additive that claims to boost your efficiency.
The video below was produced in England and put the claims about power boosting additives to the test, and the results are rather surprising.
As we suspected, you just can’t buy more horsepower out of a few ounces of liquid. Now keep in mind that while these tests point to a net loss in power, they actually didn’t test any of the gas saving additives that are on the market. So, I guess we are back where we started, still a little in the dark. If you feel that you are getting the added horsepower or fuel efficiency that you expect, then more power (pun intended) to you. However, Superior STRONGLY advises that you do your research before you put additives in your vehicle. The best way to get better mileage and more power would be to buy a higher grade of gasoline. Of course you can always “buy” more horsepower by purchasing a new vehicle. Swing by Superior Cars and give some of our vehicles a test drive and really increase your power..
If you are driving an older car, than you may start to notice that it isn’t as easy as it used to be to make turns as it used to be. Is it your tires? Nope. Superior Says, if you notice that you are having to use more force to turn the wheel, or that it starts to stick, then that means that you may need to add or flush your power steering fluid. Like many other parts of your car, your power steering works in tandem with a fluid that assists your power steering mechanism. Over time, the steering fluid may get low, or become dirty and contaminated, which means you have to get rid of the old, and add in the new.
This can be easily done at home, but there is more to it than taking off a cap and adding more fluid. The video below is a great walk through on how to flush your car’s power steering fluid.
If you are noticing that you are still having problems turning your steering wheel, then you may want to take your car to a mechanic to make sure there aren’t any bigger problems. Or better yet, why not just hop into a new car. If you are looking for a new car that you can control with ease, then come into Superior Cars.
You’ve heard everyone talk about them at one time or another. We’ve even see a few come into our Superior Automotive service departments and we hope you never have the misfortune of owing one. The Lemon. They are rare, but they do exist. A lemon is that car, truck or SUV that you just can’t get running right. When you fix one problem, another rears its ugly head. The sad part is that it may look gorgeous on the outside, but it’s what’s under the hood that determines whether, or not the car will be a money pit. Here are a few tips that I look for when taking that potential used car for a test drive:
1) Pull out the oil dipstick while the engine is running – DO NOT rev the engine! Watch the dipstick’s hole as the engine idles; if you hear or see any air, gas or oil escaping the dipstick holder it means the rings are worn. A slight escape of air from the dipstick is the first stage of ring failure which is not a serious problem but will get worse until gas and oil start escaping the dipstick holder. The result is less power and leaking oil in the pump.
2) Look at the exhaust pipe while the car is running. White smoke from the exhaust indicates there’s engine oil remaining on the bore that the rings haven’t scraped off, which means oil could be leaking. Black smoke means the fuel injectors are dirty on a diesel engine.
3) Remove the radiator cap and check for oil. Oil in the water also means a cracked cylinder head.
4) Have a pre-purchase inspection performed! A compression test should also be done for failing rings on any used vehicle. This test requires a trained mechanic because of the equipment used and the test is complicated. The readings must be done ‘dry’ and ‘wet’, and it even depends on if you are above or below sea level.
The bottom line is, “Do your Homework!”
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to see and Superior Automotive Group location and take a look at our great selection of pre-owned.
The Acura NSX could be one of the most, publicly available, yet coveted sports cars in the world. How many times have you been out with friends and when (if) you see a NSX the immediate response is, “Ooooo, and Acura NSX, I really want one of those”? Every time I see one I catch myself seeing the same thing and I WORK for an Acura dealer.
So when are we going to get to see the new Acura NSX on the showroom floor? That depends. The NSX as been reintroduced as a concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show, based on the efficiency of hybrid power and all-wheel drive. I hesitate to call it a work in progress because we are nearing the finish line for it’s re-introduction within the next three years.
The new 2012 Acura NSX is rumored to pump out almost 600 horsepower from a V6 electric/hybrid engine. For more information specs of the 2012 Acura NSX check out Acura.com
So you can see, after seeing the 2012 Acura NSX for the first time, I know why Jerry Seinfeld wants one so badly, so will you.
Originally launched in 1990, the Acura NSX has taken the two-seater market by storm, with enthusiasts continually waiting on word or the release of the next, updated, version. That new version isn’t too far away. In fact, it’s right around the corner. So expect to see the new 2012 NSX cruising the streets of Cincinnati soon, this time with a barely street legal, electric/hybrid engine. I can say one thing, all of us at Superior Acura are almost as impatient about getting one as Jerry Seinfeld is.