2020 MAZDA3 Sedan

If you have set aside your regular Mazda auto maintenance steps because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are in good company. Many people are justifiably avoiding auto service centers as part of their social distancing efforts or because of shelter-in-place orders. Others may believe that auto maintenance is not a priority if their Mazda is not being driven frequently. The reality is that regular maintenance efforts are still essential for the longevity and ongoing care of your vehicle. You can stay safer and give your Mazda the attention that it needs by following these tips.

DRIVE YOUR MAZDA REGULARLY

Many of the components in your Mazda can become damaged in various ways if your car or SUV is not driven regularly. This includes damage to the hoses, battery, belts, brakes, tires, and other parts. You can extend the life of these and other components and keep yourself out of the auto service shop unnecessarily by taking your Mazda out for a 20-minute drive at least once per week.

CHANGE YOUR MAZDA VEHICLE'S OIL

You do not need to expose yourself to health risks unnecessarily to change your Mazda's oil. The engine must have clean oil to avoid overheating and excess wear, and there are a few options that you can consider if you want to stay out of a lube shop's lobby. For example, change your car's oil at home. If you are not familiar with the process, refer to tutorials online. Some auto service centers are allowing customers to remain in their vehicles while the techs change the oil. Because this is not available at all service centers, call ahead.

COMPLETE A VISUAL INSPECTION

You do not need to be an automotive expert to spot some signs of developing damage under your Mazda's hood. With a quick visual inspection, you may discover that some of the hoses and belts are cracking, that a component is leaking, or even that the battery's terminals have developed a layer of corrosion. You may address some of these issues at home. Tackling them now before they expand into serious matters can keep you and your Mazda out of the shop.

Our Mazda associates continue to support our valued customers throughout the pandemic and beyond. For personalized assistance with your vehicle's auto care needs, contact our team today.