Airbags are vitally important safety features found in automobiles that are designed to quickly inflate and deflate during a collision. An airbag creates a surface that absorbs energy between the occupants in the vehicle and the windshield, dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard surfaces that can cause severe injury when impacted. Modern vehicles have various configurations of airbags that include seat mounted, side-curtain, passenger and driver side among others.
The Acura line of vehicles are built with precise attention to detail, unsurpassed comfort, and outstanding performance. While these automobiles set the standard incredibly high for innovation and engineering, they can suffer from airbag malfunction. This failure can have devastating consequences for the individuals inside the cabin. It is important to have any potential issues addressed with an ASE-certified mechanic if you have suspicions concerning the operation of your airbags.
The sensors that are responsible for deploying the airbags can sometimes be faulty or defective. If this is the case, the airbags may not have been triggered during an accident. Faulty sensors can be the result of failures in software, improper design, incorrect installation or mistakes in the calibration of the firing threshold.
At times, some manufacturers may route the wiring system through an area that can be easily severed or cut during a crash. When this occurs, the proper signals are not delivered to the airbags in time.
There are various electrical components and wires that work together to create the airbag deployment system. Anytime one or more of the pieces become defective, impact signals may not initiate. One or more of the airbags may fail to operate properly.
The airbag module itself may have defects that prevent firing during a collision. This is usually the result of a manufacturing error or improper quality control and inspection. Even though the sensors work correctly, the module misses its deployment.
The specific type of crash is the overall determining factor in the exact deployment of the airbags. The location of the collision will only trigger certain sensors. Speed, location, and impact will decide which of the safety components will activate.
If an airbag fails to deploy during an accident, it can be extremely dangerous. Occupants can be severely injured or even lose their life due to an extremely forceful impact inside the vehicle. It is crucial for you to be aware of any potential signs of airbag malfunction as well as consulting a trusted auto service shop to address any issues with this potentially life saving system.
Euro Plus Automotive has been servicing the residents of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA for over three decades. We have the knowledge, expertise, and training to work on German and Japanese vehicles, including your Acura. At Euro Plus, we are more than your average auto repair shop. We are one of the very few in the area that has a staff of ASE-certified technicians as well as an ASE-certified service writer. Our dedication to your satisfaction includes a 2 year/24,000 mile service warranty.
Your Japanese import has a very intricate, specific operating system and must be serviced with the most attention to detail. Euro Plus Automotive has been doing just that for years and we will communicate with you in an easy to understand manner every step of the way. Our team always provides you with an accurate, affordable quote on parts, labor, and repair time.
Safety should be your number one priority when operating your vehicle, and we are committed to maintaining that safety by providing quality inspections, maintenance, service, and repair of your airbag deployment system. Our relationship with you is important and we work to develop a personal, trusted partnership with our clients. Confidence is key when choosing an auto repair shop, and you won’t find anyone else who can offer the same level of knowledge and customer service. Please call us today and trust your Acura to the valley’s best import specialists.
The transmission is one of the most important aspects to any vehicle since it’s responsible for ensuring that the correct amount of power is transferred from the engine to the wheels. If the transmission fails, shifting gears will become impossible, no matter whether your vehicle has a manual or an automatic transmission.
Certain Acura models, such as the MDX, have been known in the past to have transmission issues. Although the Acura brand prides itself on manufacturing trustworthy vehicles that are known for high-performance and durability, even their prestigious line of cars can experience problems from time to time.
In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of transmission failure and the preventative measures that you can take against these symptoms.
As with most other vehicle problems, you will notice that something is wrong with your transmission if you keep a lookout for these five signs of transmission failure:
Check engine light is on
When the check engine light turns on, it’s something that’s easy to ignore but really shouldn’t be. The check engine light serves as a warning that something is going on with your Acura and that it should be taken to a specialist as soon as possible.
It can be pretty scary when you’re driving and, all of a sudden, you feel like your vehicle is slipping or sliding. This might be a sign that your transmission is starting to fail. In addition, if your car appears to be shifting all on its own, then your transmission itself might be slipping.
In contrast to your Acura shifting too easily, a difficulty in shifting is also a sign of a faulty transmission. If you notice that it’s starting to feel quite rough whenever you’re trying to shift gears or that your car simply won’t shift gears at all, then it’s time to get your transmission looked at.
Transmission fluid leakage/color
On a dry day, puddles underneath your car are never a good sign. Once you’ve traced the source of the leaking fluid back to its source, it’s important to stop the leak to prevent any further damage to your vehicle. Furthermore, you should always pay attention to the different colors of your vehicle’s fluids. Transmission fluid should never be dark; if it is, then it’s indicative that your transmission is malfunctioning, becoming too hot, and burning the transmission fluid in the process.
Whenever you’re driving your Acura, you should be keeping an ear out for any sounds that aren’t normal. When failing, transmissions can be very noisy. If you hear a whining or clunking sound, especially when shifting gears, you should suspect that something is wrong with your transmission.
Proper maintenance is essential to the optimal performance of your Acura. Your transmission, like every other part of your vehicle, needs care and attention in order to help prevent it from failing. Here are just a couple preventative measures that you can take to help keep your Acura in good running condition:
Pay close attention to the transmission fluid
Remember how we mentioned that one of the signs of a failing transmission is dark transmission fluid? Well, checking your transmission fluid every few months will help you to stay on top of what your fluid is looking like and whether there are any issues worth worrying about. It’s also important to change your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles for optimal performance.
Exercise proper driving habits
Take good care of your Acura, and it will take good care of you. Make sure to avoid accelerating roughly or jerkingly, as this doesn’t allow time for your gears to shift properly. Also, avoid shifting gears from ‘drive’ to ‘reverse’ before your car is properly stopped.
At Euro Plus Automotive, we understand that maintaining such a vital part of your Acura can be a daunting task. Whether you need your transmission fluid inspected and changed or your transmission has failed all together, our specialists are trained and equipped to treat your Acura with the care that it requires.
Serving drivers in and around Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA. Euro Plus Automotives is dedicated to diagnosing and repairing all of your vehicle’s needs so that you don’t have to worry. If you’re experiencing trouble with your Acura, whether it’s the transmission or anything else, contact us and set up an appointment today.
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