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Video guide of how to use the Adaptive Front Lighting System in your Mazda vehicle
The Adaptive Front Lighting System in your Mazda vehicle will perform its best to help you see the road in front of your vehicle. It is important to have an understanding of this system in your vehicle before driving at night or in bad weather conditions. Watch this Mazda Adaptive Front Lighting System how-to video to learn how to use your vehicle’s lighting system.
After owning a car for a few years or maybe even over a decade it can be hard to say goodbye. With so many memories had in the car parting from it is difficult, but it eventually comes time to get a new one.
There’s just something about hitting those long stretches of road where you can roll the windows down and get the air moving in your car. If you have a convertible life is even better when you can drop that top down and get the wind in your hair. It’s an exciting and free feeling, isn’t it?
8 DIY Car Repairs You Can Do For Your Used Mazda Vehicle
Regular maintenance is required to keep your used Mazda car, truck, or SUV performing at its best. It also prolongs the life of the vehicle. Caring for your vehicle is necessary whether or not your car is still under the manufacturer’s warranty or an extended warranty.
The cost of maintenance and repairs are not typically covered by these so-called “bumper-to-bumper” warranties. This means you will be coming out of pocket to pay for work related to normal wear and tear. Imagine the big dent in your pocket if you have to take your vehicle to the mechanic shop for every little thing that needs fixing.
Many times, car owners forget to factor in these costs in their monthly budget which already includes car loan payments, gas, and insurance premiums. But this doesn’t have to happen to you. With these 8 do-it-yourself maintenance and repair projects even a simpleton can handle, you won’t have to break the bank to keep your car.
1. Brake Pads
You rely on your brakes to slow or stop the car. Good brake pads are essential for performing these actions and preventing a collision or a fatal accident. Pads don’t last forever and need to be replaced once they are worn to about 2mm-3mm in thickness. Things you will need are a jack and jack stand, c-clamp, lug wrench, hammer, wrench, a piece of string, and a turkey baster to remove brake fluid. You just saved at least $150-$250 on parts and labor to replace either the front or back brakes.
2. Oil Change
Doing an oil change on your used vehicle doesn’t call for mechanical skills. This job can easily cost from $15-$100. First, you’re not only saving money, but you’re also guaranteed the correct and quality oil is used as specified in the vehicle’s manual. There are too many complaints of mechanics using low grade, synthetic oil or synthetic blends. This can shorten the life of your engine and reduce fuel efficiency.
3. Air filter
Another simple fix is the air filter. Air filters prevent dirt, debris, and harmful contaminants from entering your engine. Over time, the filter’s ability to clean the air entering the engine reduces. Replacing the filter after every 20, 000 to 40,000 miles help keep the engine running smoothly and maintain fuel efficiency. It also prolongs the life of the engine. All you have to do is pop the hood of the car, remove a few screws, open the air filter housing, remove the old filters, fit the new ones, then replace the screws. In 10 minutes, you’re done!
4. Fuel filters
The fuel filter cleans the fuel before it reaches the pump to ensure clean gasoline get to the engine. This helps preserve the life of this expensive car part—the engine. Unclean fuel can damage the fuel injector and cause fuel to drip. The average fuel filter change costs about $100-$150 for parts and labor. Replace the filter by removing a few parts and swapping out the old with the new.
5. Windshield wipers
Don’t throw away about $100-$150 to replace windshield wipers. Replacing or fixing chipped windshield wipers is quite simple. First get the right size and fit for your vehicle. Follow the instructions that come with the wipers to slide out the old wipers and fit the new ones. Who needs a pro when it literally takes about 2-5 minutes to complete this DIY job!
6. Install new battery
This is by far one of the easiest DIY projects. First, ensure you have the right battery designed for your model of used Mazda. Battery changes are typically done every 4 to 6 years. Use a wrench to the detach cables securing the battery. To avoid a short circuit, remove the negative (black) cable first and replace it last. Take the old battery out and fix the new one in place before reattaching the cables. You saved about 200 bucks by not having a mechanic replace it.
7. Change spark plugs
Check your spark plugs about every 30,000 to 40, 000 miles and replace if necessary to maintain good fuel consumption. A set of plugs cost about $30. Armed with a wrench and the usual car tools, replace the plugs and save big! Like, $200-300 type of big!
8. Replace headlights or taillights
Headlights and taillights help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers. They also indicate turns, lane changes, and braking. You can purchase aftermarket bulbs compatible with your used Mazda and state laws. You will need to remove the car battery, nuts, bolts, and screws before placing the new lights. Wear gloves to avoid transferring grease unto the bulb. Otherwise, it can shorten the bulb’s life or cause it to explode.
So you see, you don’t exactly need to be car savvy to perform these quick fixes on your car. There are many videos on YouTube that offer step-by-step details for these DIY car maintenance and repairs. All you need is basic knowledge and some simple tools. You will save thousands of dollars in the long run.
If you’d rather have a certified Mazda mechanic work on the vehicle for you, then you can schedule your service today!
These months are always the hottest ones of the year. We all rely on air conditioning to get us through these excruciatingly hot days. Without A/C, we might all melt. Freon gas is largely what’s responsible for our A/C blowing out cool air. If you are low on Freon, you have probably felt warm air coming from your vents. Let us look at it and get it fixed for you. In the meantime, educate yourself by reading about how Freon keeps us cool. (more…)
Car sickness is a major burden for some people. While children are most susceptible, anyone can suffer from the effects of car sickness. If you have spent an extended amount of time in a car and get knots in your stomach or even a bad headache, that is car sickness. This kind of motion sickness occurs when your brain gets conflicting information from the inner ears, eyes, and nerves. The result is a strange feeling that can even include vomiting. Check out some easy things you can do to prevent or manage car sickness. (more…)
One of the modern perks of cars is something called infotainment. Infotainment is exactly what it sounds like. It combines practical information with entertainment to give your driving experience a completely new feel. MAZDA CONNECT™ is Mazda’s innovative and unique infotainment system that is leading the industry. If you’re still new to infotainment systems, they can be a bit confusing to operate. Keep reading to learn more about MAZDA CONNECT™ and how you can navigate through it. (more…)
If you have a furry friend who enjoys car rides, and we don’t mean your hairy uncle Al, you are probably familiar with pet hair getting all over the inside of your vehicle. While we love our dogs and cats, it sure is frustrating to have to clean up their hair, especially when it seems to cling to everything. Continue reading to get a few simple tricks on how to clean up pet hair in your car. (more…)
Changing a tire is a necessary and inevitable part of maintaining a vehicle (yes, even for reliable Mazda models). No matter how dependable the car is, every vehicle is susceptible to popped tires, therefore every car owner should know how to put a spare tire on. Keep reading to see ten easy steps to changing a tire. (more…)