Summer's Here in Jacksonville, FL, and It's Time for a Mazda Service Visit -- What's Recommended?

You might have taken care of any post-winter auto service blues once spring sprang here in northeast Florida, but in case you haven't yet, there's still time. Let our expert car repair technicians here at Mazda City of Orange Park give you a few ideas on where to start.

Oil and engine filter changes

One of the most important things you can do, especially if your factory maintenance schedule suggests it, it flush and replenish your motor oil and replace the oil filter in your engine. As ways to keep your engine operating properly and efficiently go, it's also one of the simplest. However, if you've taken care of both, yet you're still leaving behind oil spots or a slick after pulling out of driveways or parking lots in Orange Park, your line may have a crack or leak. You'll need to get it patched up post haste.

Fluid checks

There are plenty of fluid systems throughout your vehicle. Take a look at the fill level of each, including those of your power steering, brake, and transmission systems, your windshield washer fluid tank, and your coolant. Do any seem low? Flush them, if your owner's manual encourages it, then give them a god top-off. Be aware: some systems are closed. That means that, if they're low on fluids, there could be a leak somewhere. We'd suggest finding and repairing it on the double. We can think of few things worse than sitting in a Saint Augustine parking lot in a lake of unknown fluid!

Windshield and wiper fixes

Even a small chip or crack in your glass can have wide-ranging consequences. It can affect, for instance, how well your airbag network and seatbelts work, not to mention the stability of your roof during a crash. If your wiper blades, on the other hand, show cracks or streak during use, they're probably worn and breaking down. Fix or replace either or both as soon as possible. It'll mean not only better safety on the roads around Middleburg but also better visibility in bad coastal Florida weather.

Battery and electrical systems checks

Most batteries can last anywhere from four to as many as six years, but they can run down or quit after a chilly winter and wet spring, sometimes without warning. For starters, test your battery voltage. Is it low, or just plain dead? Out with the old and in with the new. Meanwhile, check your cabin's lights as well as your head, tail, brake, and daytime running lights. If you have other electrical issues, they might just be blown fuses or dead bulbs. However, other problems can arise where they're not as easy to find, and at the least convenient time for a Gainesville road trip. That's a job, though, for a professional Mazda service center like ours here in Jacksonville.

You can do a lot more, too, if you prefer, from checking out your belts and hoses and doing inventory on your emergency kit to getting your HVAC system checked and doing the tire "penny test" for wear. Whatever your needs, you won't have to go it alone. Give our service department a call or visit us here at 6916 Blanding Boulevard to talk shop, and we'll help you get your vehicle back up, running, and ready for the road in no time!

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