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Always Check On Your Vehicle's Suspension

One thing you should always be aware of is the shape your vehicle is in. Your vehicle is an important machine, and maintaining it is an important way to stay in control of your financial security. One important part of vehicle maintenance is your vehicle's suspension.

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Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Spring and warmer weather are just around the corner, and your tires play a massive role in the driving experience. Those of us at Santa Maria Mazda want you to be informed on the differences between all-season and summer tires.

Summer tires are engineered to give your vehicle excellent traction on wet and dry surfaces. 

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Replacing A Flat Tire

It's very important that you have a spare tire in your vehicle so that if you encounter a flat tire, you can change it out. You need to be sure to keep a jack and a tool to take off the bolts that hold the tire on. When the flat tire happens, you need a safe place to pull over. Then, take out the jack, bolt remover, and spare. Make sure to put your flashers on.

You need to jack the car up high enough to take the flat tire off and put the spare on. Then get the…
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Could Your Vehicle's Gaskets Be Leaking?

Vehicle maintenance is a part of ownership. If you want your car to be powerful and efficient, you need to make sure everything is working correctly. That means checking your vehicle regularly for signs of leaks. Vehicles can leak for a lot of different reasons, but one of the main causes is a gasket problem. Gaskets are pieces of metal or rubber that seal the area between different sections or parts of the car and keep the liquids where they belong.

If your gaskets are old, damaged, or simply worn down, they can allow fluids and gases to leak through…
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Alternator Awareness

The alternator is one of the most important parts under the hood of your car. It’s responsible for keeping the battery charged. It also provides power to all the systems on the car that run on electricity. With all the technology that’s standard on most new cars, that’s a huge job.

We can check your alternator whenever you come by Santa Maria Mazda for a tune-up, but the good news is that there isn’t much maintenance to be done on an alternator. If you hear a loud screeching sound coming from under the hood, the belt…
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A Few Things You Need to Know About Battery Replacement


Your battery is the ready source of electricity that your car uses for various operations. Routine battery service can prolong its life, but at some point, you will need to replace it. Here are a few things to know about battery replacement.

Before you decide to replace the battery, check its voltage. You may find that a simple recharge will get it up and running again. Also, check the water level in the cells. If it's low, top off with distilled water. It may give you more life out of your old battery.

If you do need to replace…
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Know What to Do When Your Tire Goes Flat

A flat tire can happen at any time, so it's important to know when to do when it happens to you. Follow these basic tips below and you'll be back on the road in no time.

Firstly, be sure to have the basic necessities for changing a tire in your vehicle at all times. This would include a car jack, warning devices (like flares and cones), a lug wrench, flashlight, tire tools, and a spare tire. Secondly, always try to stop or park in a safe location, turn your car completely off, and engage the parking brake. Thirdly…

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How to Test Your Vehicle Battery

While the vehicle battery is not the most expensive component of your car, it is one of the most important. The battery not only starts up the engine, but it also powers all the electronics in the vehicle. If the battery is not fully charged, then the vehicle may not start or may stop running.

In order to test the battery, you will need a voltmeter that is either analog or digital. Be sure to turn off the ignition and the lights. Connect the red test end to the positive terminal on the battery and then attach the black lead…

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Tire Maintenance to Prevent Hydroplaning

Most drivers will agree that no one wants to be caught driving in a rainstorm and lose control of their vehicle. It can be unnerving because there is little you can do once too much water piles up between your tires and the asphalt. This is why proper tire maintenance is so important for staying safe in adverse weather conditions.

While you can easily check your tires' pressure and tread levels yourself, having your tires rotated is something that you should leave to the professionals. If you do not have your tires rotated regularly, you risk having tread that wears…

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