How Do You Know You Need Service

How do you know when you need new tires or an oil change? Here are some helpful tips from Ramsey Mazda.

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By frequently servicing your vehicle, you ensure that all your is in top condition. At Ramsey Mazda near Spring Valley, NY, our technicians can detect small problems before they become large issues and lead to a breakdown or major repair.

Tire Services and Ideal PSI

Mazda care includes all parts of your vehicle, especially the tires. The typical tire requires between 32 to 35 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Large truck tires should have a PSI between 50 to 60. Tires can experience wear from use. As tires age, they suffer from cracks and rot, which makes them dangerous to drive. Standard care involves rotating your tires every six months to help even out the wear. If something is wrong with one or more tires, such as a slow leak, our technicians let you know. Impacts and other issues can alter the alignment, which can lead to tire wear and other problems. Our team in Ramsey, NJ will mount, align, and balance the tires and can set you up with a new set when it comes time for a replacement.

The Basic Steps for an Oil Change

We recommend our customers change your oil between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. During the spring and the winter months, you should have your fluids check once a month. During the summer and the fall, you should have your fluids checked every two months. The oil change process allows our technicians to check the underside of the vehicle for any obvious issues. Changing engine oil as on schedule is critical as oil loses its viscosity when used for too many miles or when it becomes too old. Reduced viscosity creates problems for an engine and can eventually cause wear. Dirty, old oil can create performance problems, which aren't helpful either. You'll know when the oil is dirty. Age or excess use turns oil's color from light green to dark black. 

You don't want sludge building up. How often you drive, the mileage on your vehicle and other factors contribute to choosing the right motor oil. Our technicians can help you select from conventional, synthetic, high-mileage, or hybrid. With the right oil, your engine gets some performance help when driving in Ridgewood, NJ

Time for a Change

There are plenty of other services that Ramsey Mazda is happy to provide the Chestnut Ridge, NY community, including:

  • Changing your vehicle's air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles
  • Have your brakes checked every 10,000 miles or every time you have your oil changes.
  • Have your brake pads replaced when you begin to hear a squeaking or squealing sound each time you apply the brakes. You should also replace your brakes when you see the brake indicator light turned on.
  • Replace your car's battery every three to four years.
  • Rotate your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
  • Replace your tires about every six years.

Do You Need a New Battery?

If you've been having issues starting your car in the morning before your commute to Ramsey, you may have an issue with your car's battery. Let's take a look at some ways you can tell if your battery needs to be replaced.

Cranking Engine Won't Turn Over

If your engine sounds like it's about to start, but it never turns over, then you're probably looking at a dead battery. This problem can be caused by the battery being old or accessories, such as the headlights, being left on without the car running. However, this issue could also mean that you're having issues with the engine ignition or the fuel system.

The Engine Won't Crank At All

If your engine won't crank at all and none of your lights or other accessories are turning on, then your battery is most likely totally dead and needs to be replaced immediately.

You've Been Jumping Your Car a Bunch

Jumpstarting your car now and then when you leave the lights on as you're shopping in Chestnut Ridge is normal, but not if you have to do it all the time. If nothing is left on in your car while it was off, then that's your definite indication that you have a battery problem. If this is the case, it's an indication that your battery is old and needs to be changed out for a new one.

The Battery is Cracked or Leaking

If you pop the hood on the side of the road in Spring Valley and notice that the battery casing is cracked or there's a bunch of battery acid leaking from it, then it's definitely time to pick up a new battery. Battery acid will have a bluish-green color and a somewhat fuzzy texture. The battery may be leaking if it's been overcharged, if the body has sustained damage, or if the weather is frigid during those Ridgewood winters.

Don't Wait

Don't put off getting your battery replaced. If you wait, then you may find yourself stranded in a parking lot in Airmont and having to take on the cost of a tow truck.

Schedule a Service Appointment at Ramsey Mazda

Contact our service department at Ramsey Mazda near Airmont, NY to set up a service appointment and to ask about specials. The team awaits your call. You should have your vehicle services every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. An appointment is not required. However, it is recommended that you make an appointment to get the fastest service. Schedule your next service appointment at Ramsey Mazda.

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