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NY Car Maintenance Tips | New York Mazda Dealer

Performing simple maintenance on your new car from our Koeppel dealerships is the best way to keep it in great shape. We have compiled a short list of tips to help you easily care for your car.

You're tires carry you across hard concrete and tough pavement. To keep them functioning their best, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or so. Regularly cleaning the dust off of your tires can also lengthen their life as the combination of grime, moisture, and heat can become baked on and cause them to become hazardous. Also, checking your tire pressure should be done regularly as low pressure can decrease your car's fuel economy and effect its handling. Regularly check your tires for tread depth as these create the traction necessary for you to stay safely on the road.

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Your engine is one of the most important components of your car and can also be the most expensive to have repaired. To help avoid costly repairs, you'll want to check your belts every 25,000 miles for wear. You also want to periodically check your oil and coolant levels. To check the oil level, simply pull out your car's dip stick, wipe it clean, replace it, and remove it once more to examine how far up the stick the oil clings. As for the coolant, check the coolant reservoir and observe where the liquid lies between the high and low markings. Checking your fluid levels are important because low oil can break your engine and low coolant can cause it to overheat. You should also get your oil and filter changed every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

Your vehicle contains a number of dash and instrument warning lights and each of them should be heeded. When the check engine light comes on, you may need to tighten your gas cap. If this doesn't work, find a mechanic or auto parts store with an OBD2 reader to read the code and diagnose the issue. When the service engine/maintenance required light turns on, it usually indicates that you are in need of or coming close to a scheduled maintenance interval. This warning light can also indicate your map engine, oil, and air temperatures. If your electrical fault light comes on and stays on, it may indicate your electrical charging system is no longer working properly. You need a professional to check this system.

When your first brake warning light comes on, it indicates that there is an issue with your braking system. Either your hand brake is on or your master cylinder fluid is low. If the issue isn't the hand brakes, you'll want to see a mechanic to have the cylinder inspected. If your second brake light comes on, it indicates that there is an issue with your ABS. You'll want to get this seen by a professional as soon as possible as well. When your coolant warning light comes on, you need to top-off the coolant in your radiator. You can purchase pre-mixed coolant in many large stores and refill the compartment yourself.

Lastly, if your oil warning light comes on, it indicates that your oil pressure is low and you need to consult a mechanic as any issues with the oil can kill your engine. For more tips, feel free to contact our NY Mazda dealership.

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