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What does the interior of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF look like?
Have you been dying to get inside the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, but haven’t found the time to come into Puente Hills Mazda for a test drive? Not to worry, you can view a 360-degree video of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF interior below. Use your cursor to click and drag yourself around the video and don’t forget to schedule that test drive.
You are driving that beloved Mazda Miata and all of a sudden you notice the check engine light is on. Your heart starts beating fast, and panic hits. You ask yourself why you haven’t noticed it before? Then run scenarios of all the possible things that can go wrong with your car. So, maybe you’re not as dramatic as I am but nothing brings down a car owner’s day like the appearance of the check engine light. Like car insurance and payments, the check engine light is not something you should stall on. Most people will immediately and make an appointment with an auto shop to avoid further damage. However, before you make that appointment, here are some stuff you can check, and possibly fix yourself.
1. Check The Gas Cap
It’s hard to believe that a gas cap can trigger a check engine light since it is far from – and doesn’t touch- the engine. However, driving around with a faulty gas cap can cause fuel vapor to leak and throw off the whole system. If you notice the check engine light appearing near the time of fueling, then you want to check your gas cap. Pull over in a safe place to see if there are any cracks in it. If there aren’t any cracks, try tightening the cap. You’ll be required to drive about twenty to fifty miles or so before the light turns off if this is, in fact, the cause.
2. Replace Spark Plugs and Wire
The spark plug is the electrical gadget that generates a high voltage needed to spark the fuel and creates combustion within your engine so your car can start running. The plug “sparks,” ignites and a small explosion takes place within the spark channel. The process happens thousands of times per minute. The process is; fuel and air mix in the throttle body, then the mixture is injected into the cylinder, the spark plug receives charge from the coil, the spark plug ignites air-fuel mixture, and then the process starts again.
Fortunately, replacing spark plugs is one of the easiest and cheapest auto repairs. Spark plugs replacement is listed to be one of the easiest DIY car projects. Purchasing all four spark plugs can be as cheap as $30 and will take less than a few hours. Go on YouTube and find tutorials that are specific to your vehicle. If you opt out of doing it yourself, it can cost you anywhere from $200 and higher.
3. Replace Oxygen Sensor
Replacing the oxygen sensor monitors the unburn oxygen from the exhaust. It helps monitor how much fuel is burning. Over time, the sensor can get covered with oil ash and reduces the ability to monitor correctly. A broken or faulty sensor provides incorrect data to the computer and significantly decrease gas mileage.
An oxygen sensor is easy to change on most cars. It usually involves unplugging the old one and plugging in the new one. Be sure to read the instruction manual on your vehicle. Alternatively, if you learn better with instructional videos, then again, go to YouTube. You can find plenty of tutorials specific to your car.
4. Replace the Mass Airflow Sensor
The mass airflow sensor tells the car’s computer to add the proper amount of fuel based on the air coming through to the engine. A faulty one can increase emissions, cause the car to stall, and decrease gas mileage. A malfunctioning mass airflow sensor is a consequence of not changing your air filter. So be sure to check and replace your air filter as needed.
5. Replace Catalytic Converter
A catalytic converter device is in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle. It contains a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. A faulty catalytic converter is the third most common triggers of a check engine light. Unfortunately, it is not easy to replace yourself, unless you are familiar with fixing cars. The cost of parts and labor can be between $300-$3000. Most catalytic converter problems do not prevent your car from functioning, but if a catalytic converter is completely plugged in, you should not drive your car at all. A car with a damaged converter won’t pass a smog check. If you live in an area that requires a smog check, you can’t legally drive the car.
Many auto parts store can assist with diagnosing the trigger. They can tell you what error is causing the check engine light to appear. A computer system, plugged into your car, produces a code indicating what caused the trigger. Then you can determine how you want to move forward. I strongly encourage all car owners to fix any car issues ASAP. You can avoid further, and more expensive, damage. Driving with car issue, especially unknown car issues, can be dangerous for you and other people on the road.
The anticipation always builds as it gets closer and closer to the release date for a new vehicle. That anticipation is doubled when it comes to luxury cars like Mazda. What’s new? What’s changed? Those questions and so many others surround the release of any new car.