MAZDA VEHICLE MAINTENANCE TIPS
15TH APRIL 2020
With current government restrictions on our servicing operations we have put together some helpful tips on how to keep your Mazda maintained. Please always refer to your owner's manual for more details.
Checking your vehicle's oil levels is an important part of general maintenance of your vehicle. Here is a step by step process on how to correctly check your oil levels. Please always refer to your owner's manual for more information specifically related to your vehicle.
Park on a level and safe ground with the handbrake applied Switch on vehicle until at standard operating temperature (60 degrees) or when blue temperature indication light switches off. Turn off engine and wait 5 minutes.
Open the bonnet securely and remove yellow dipstick Wipe off any oil residue on dipstick. Reinsert the clean dipstick. Wait a few seconds and remove it again to take the reading. If the oil level is between the two markers your oil level is OK. If oil level is below the marker top up as per your owner's manual.
Your tyres are arguably the most important part of your vehicle. Tyres are the only part that has contact with the road. Regular maintenance and checking of tyres including pressures and tread depths is very important for your safety. Please always refer to your owner's manual for more information specifically related to your vehicle.
TYRE VISUAL CHECK
Completing a visual check of your tyres is the first thing that you should carry out. Look for damaged sidewalls or splits or any bulges that may be visible. If you see any significant damage to any of your tyres you should look to have these inspected as soon as possible.
TYRE TREAD DEPTH
The NCT requires a minimum 1.6mmm tyre tread depth. This can be easily measured by using a depth gauge, a ruler or a coin by placing it within the tread. The outer edge of a €1 coin is approximately 3mm. We would further recommend to take 3 readings on each tyre including the outer edge, middle and inner edge.
CHECKING TYRE PRESSURES
Checking tyre pressures is important to maintain the safety of your vehicle. Recommended tyre pressures can be found on the interior of your driver side door or in your owner's manual. Most petrol stations will have compressors to help you inflate your tyres to the correct pressures. Alternatively your vehicle may include a 12v inflation kit. Reset the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System once tyres have been set.
Being seen on the road is vital to your safety. You can easily check the operation of your lights at home. Please always refer to your owner's manual for more information specifically related to your vehicle.
CHECKING YOUR LIGHTS
Visually make sure that all your lights are operating both on the front and rear of your vehicle and left and right.
- Lights off
- Day time running lights (if fitted)
- Side lights
- Dipped beam
- Main beam
- Indicators (left and right, front and back)