Yearly Archives: 2015

8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

Think you know everything there is to know about Acura cars? We put together some fun and interesting facts about the Acura brand. Check it out below! 8 Interesting Facts About Acura Cars #1 – Acura as an ‘Everyday Supercar’ The Acura NSX or the ‘New Sports eXperimental’ was the world’s first car that was produced completely with aluminum and was billed as the ‘Everyday Supercar’. #2 – First Japanese Luxury Car Created in 1986, Acura was the first Japanese luxury car brand to hit the market. #3 – Latin Origins The origin of the Acura name is derived from Latin — acu — defined as “done with precision” or “mechanically precise.” Originally, Honda pronounced the marque as “a-coor-uh,” but customers preferred “Ah-cure-uh” so the new name stuck. #4 – Honda Taps Into Foreign Luxury Market With the Acura brand, Honda is credited with being the f ... read more

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15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

Since it was founded in 1909, Audi has become a household name, representing luxury vehicles throughout the world. But just how much do you really know about the Audi brand? We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you some interesting facts about Audi. Take a look! About Audi: A Brief History The history of the Audi brand dates back to 1899 when German engineer, August Horch, founded Horch & Cie. in Cologne, Germany. The first Horch automobile was built in 1901. After a dispute, Horch left the company in 1909 and set up a separate automobile company. However, because the name “Horch” was a registered trademark, Horch was not entitled to use it anymore and in 1910, he subsequently came up with a new company name, Audi Automobilwerke GmbH. [source] 15 Interesting Facts About Audi The name, Audi, is actually a Latin translation of the name, “Horch”. Horch made the change after he was told he couldn’t use his name (due to a trademark dispute) ... read more

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The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

History of Windshields & Windshield Wipers In the early days of transportation, when horse-drawn carriages were used, windshields were not necessary. However, as technology evolved and roadways became increasingly crowded, horseless carriages began to use glass to protect drivers from environmental factors, such as wind, rain, and road debris. Mary Anderson, Inventor of the Windshield Wiper Windshields first came about alongside the invention of the first automobiles, sometime around the early 1900s. Back then, drivers had the option of removing the glass pane or propping the glass panes open if they needed better vision. Around the same time, in the winter of 1902, a woman named Mary Anderson was visiting New York city when she observed that motorists were driving with both panes of their double front windows open due to difficulty keeping the windshield clear of falling sleet. The following year, Anderson applied for (and was granted) ... read more

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5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

There is no doubt that BMW is one of the most popular luxury vechicle brands produced today. Over the years, BMW has become a household name in the automotive industry. However, BMW wasn’t always know for automobiles. Take a look at some of the fun facts we’ve gathered about the BMW brand. How much do you really know about BMW? Fun Fact About the BMW Brand #1 – BMW wasn’t always known as “BMW”. Founded in 1916, Munich, Germany as the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW) #2 – BMW was originally founded as an airplane engine manufacturer. During WWI, there was a massive shortage of cutting edge airplane engines. So a little company called Rapp Motor merged with Otto Werke, an airplane maker just up the street in Munich, combining forces to satisfy the war effort’s needs. Otto Werke was run by the son of the guy who invented four cycle engines, which made just about every fuel-efficient car in ... read more

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Vehicle Wheel Alignment

Vehicle Wheel Alignment

Having your vehicle’s wheels aligned is important as it can help improve the safety and performance of your vehicle. When performing a vehicle wheel alignment, your auto repair technician uses specialized computer equipment to adjust the angles of your vehicle’s wheels so that the wheels are perfectly parallel to each other in proportion with the ground. Take a look at some answers to common questions related to vehicle wheel alignment. Frequently Asked Questions About Wheel Alignment What is my auto mechanic looking for/at when they do a wheel alignment? When performing a vehicle wheel alignment, there are typically three different types of angles that your auto mechanic is examining: Camber – The angle of your vehicle when viewed from the front Caster – The angle of the steering pivot when viewed from the side of your vehicle Toe – The direction that your vehicle’s tires point as they relate to each other H ... read more

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The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

Purchasing a car is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make. Therefore, it only makes sense that you should want to do everything that you can to take excellent care of your vehicle, and part of that includes following a regimen of regular vehicle maintenance. Why is Car Maintenance So Important? Each vehicle manufacturer designs their vehicles to operate under a certain set of conditions. In order to ensure that your vehicle continues to perform its best, it is important to follow the set of guidelines originally laid out by your vehicle’s manufacturer. You can often find out what sort of vehicle maintenance will be required by referring to the owner’s manual/handbook that came with your car. You can also speak to a reputable auto mechanic or auto repair shop that specializes in maintenance of vehicles just like yours. Potential Consequences of Skipping Vehicle Maintenance If you fail to maintain your vehicle, it can (a ... read more

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How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

Your brake rotors play a key role in helping you make sure that your vehicle stays in top condition – something that is important to most vehicle owners, since purchasing a vehicle is a major investment! Everyday use of your vehicle eventually causes your braking system to wear down over time. Perhaps ironically, your vehicle’s brake system is the most important system in your car, and it is also one of the most overlooked! Many vehicle owners are reactive and only spot issues when it is too late. Fortunately, there are ways to tell if your rotors are bad so that you can seek professional help before putting yourself and others in danger. Below we outline some common ways to spot problems with your brake rotors. What You See Look at your brake pads. With your vehicle parked, turn your wheels all the way to the left or right. This will allow you a clearer view into the wheel well. From there, you can usually see your brake pads. If your br ... read more

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8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper is a popular, small-sized vehicle, produced by the British Motor Corporation. Below, we’ve listed some fun and interesting facts about the MINI. 8 Fun & Interesting Facts About the MINI Cooper In 1999, the MINI was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. All 4 members of The Beatles owned Mini Cooper vehicles. The Mini dates back to 1957 and was named for one of the top names in rally racing, John Cooper. The Mini was the first car maker to turn the engine sideways in order to create more room inside of the vehicle. The BMW-owned MINI is a successor to the hugely popular Mini Cooper produced between 1959 and 2000, but is technically unrelated to the original model. The original Mini Cooper was a distinctive 2-door car, designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. Issigonis’ first design sketch for the Mini was drawn on a napk ... read more

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Reasons for Car A/C Failure

Reasons for Car A/C Failure

As we approach the summer, your vehicle’s air conditioning (A/C) system becomes that much more important. Not only does your car a/c work to keep the interior of your vehicle cool; it can be a contributing factor to vehicle failure if all of the working components aren’t maintained. At Reliable Import Service, our auto mechanics are experts in A/C repair and service in Raleigh, NC. If your car is experiencing A/C troubles, contact us today to schedule an appointment! In the meantime, check out some of the common signs and symptoms of car a/c failure. Common Problems Associated with Car A/C Failure #1 – Overheating According to the Chicago Tribune, overheating is one of the most common reasons for vehicle failure. Most common during the warmer months, overheating may be due to a faulty cooling system or low levels of fluids. Consider the fact that your car has to work that much harder during the summer months, for example ... read more

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5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

Summer is one of the busiest times for drivers. Between road trips, vacations, and running the kids to and from summer activities, you can really burn up a lot of gasoline in your vehicle. So, what lessons have we learned from our driving experiences this past summer? We break down some of the ways you could’ve saved on gasoline. 5 Ways You Could’ve Been Saving Gas Last Summer #1 – Drive Less Aggressively. We all have those few times where we’re in a rush to get somewhere or are just having a bad day. However, it’s no reason to take it out on your car (or the people around you). In fact, did you know that poor driving habits (i.e. road rage, or rapid accelerating) can cost you a small bundle? According to Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and slowing down gradually for a red light cut fuel consumption for someone driving a Land Rover by more than 35%! #2 – Use Cruise Control. ... read more

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