Take care of your car, and your car will take care of you. Modern cars don’t require a ton of work from owners to keep them in good shape, but they do need some maintenance every once in a while.
Why is Car Maintenance Essential?
If you want your vehicle to have a long lifespan – and maintain its premium performance the whole time – it needs to be cared for. Different parts and components in your new Mazda wear out over time. With preventative maintenance, you can spot issues and address them before you need to make an expensive repair or replacement. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of work to keep your car in great condition; you just need to pay attention to these key areas:
Oil – Let’s start with the big one. There’s a reason why oil is considered the lifeblood of a vehicle, as it has to be clean to keep things running. Oil lubricates the moving parts in the engine, and when it gets old and dirty, it can’t do its job properly. Contaminants also build up in oil, so changing it regularly is important.
Other fluids – While oil is the most important, you also don’t want to forget about the other fluids in your vehicle, including brake, transmission, and power steering fluid. Antifreeze is also vital, especially during the colder months in North Adams.
Battery – Another key element of your car is your battery. Mazda cars won’t run at all if the battery can’t provide the right charge. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your battery tested periodically. If your battery is five years old or older, it may be on its last legs.
Brakes – Your brakes should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you do a lot of driving, things like brake shoes and pads can get worn out. It’s best to replace them before they wear out completely.
Tires – How old are your tires? Or, more importantly, how many miles have you driven on them? Tires are usually good for about 20,000 miles. Rotating them regularly – like every time you get your oil changed – is a great way to make them last longer.