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How to Get Your Mazda Vehicle Ready for a Long Road Trip

Now that it’s June, the kids are done with school and vacations are being planned. Some families like to take several small trips by going to the beach or visiting family in nearby cities. However, other families like to have one big vacation. One example of a big vacation is taking a long road trip. Before you go on a road trip, you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared. In this post, we are going to teach you how to get your Mazda vehicle ready for a long road trip.

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How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Mazda?

Our vehicles come with many running parts and fluids that help keep it performing at top levels. To ensure that your vehicle keeps performing well, you need to get regular service appointments. One of these services includes oil changes. Today, we will be discussing how often you should be getting the oil changed in your Mazda vehicle. Read on to learn more.

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How to Safely Clean and Disinfect the Interior of Your Mazda

As the virus continues to affect the world, we continue to practice CDC recommended actions. When we go out to work or shop for essential items, we avoid touching our face, cough into our sleeve and stay six feet away from other people. Between every store, and when we get home, we make sure to wash our hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Although we protect our hands and faces, there’s another area we might be forgetting. The interior of your vehicle can become a hotspot for the virus. Today, we are going to teach you how to safely clean and disinfect the interior of your Mazda.

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How to Use Android Auto in the 2019 Mazda CX-5

As smartphones are now the preferred mobile phone, more car manufacturers are starting to integrate smartphone compatibility in their newer models. One of those models with smartphone integration is the 2019 Mazda CX-5. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. Since we previously covered Apple CarPlay, we will be teaching you how to use Android Auto™ today. Keep reading for the steps for set up and use, and the requirements of being able to use Android Auto™. Read the rest of this entry >>

A gravestone reads, "RIP Key Fob." Two purple skulls hover on either side. On the far left, a man holds a presumably dead key fob in disgust, while on the far right a man grieves in sorrow for his lost fob.

How do I start my Mazda if my key fob dies?

Though we love the new conveniences brought along by key fob technology, we’ve got to admit: it can be a real bummer when the battery dies. At times like that, we often find ourselves yearning for the good old days, when keys didn’t need batteries; you just put them in a hole and turned.

Luckily, you’re not entirely out of luck if your Mazda key fob dies. True to form, the automaker has thought ahead and included a solution to this issue. So, what does one do if their Mazda key battery dies? Read the rest of this entry >>

A woman surrounded by flying dashboard warning lights with exclamation points plugs her ears and tries to hold in her scream. A giant red exclamation light illuminates to her left.

What does the Mazda exclamation light mean?

It’s clear that warning lights are important. When there’s a flashing red indicator on your dash, it can be hard (albeit tempting) to ignore that your Mazda is trying to tell you something. The challenging part, however, is determining exactly what it’s attempting to communicate.

One type of warning light that seem to be sending particularly pertinent messages are any that include an exclamation point.  There are several exclamation point warning lights on Mazda vehicles. What do they mean? Read the rest of this entry >>

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2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Honda and Mazda are both major players in the automaker industry.

These two Japanese multi-national automaker corporations both produce reliable, affordable, and diverse lines of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Both automakers are renowned for their common ability to develop vehicles that are simultaneously practical and fun to drive. Read the rest of this entry >>

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How to Use Apple CarPlay in 2020 Mazda3

After looking at what’s new on the 2020 Mazda3, we discovered that Apple CarPlay is standard on the hatchback model and available on the sedan, which is very exciting news! It’s wonderful to be able to integrate your smartphone with your car, which allows you to conveniently access apps like Maps, Calendars, Apple Music, Contacts and additional compatible apps like Podcasts, Audiobooks and so many more. Since this technology is available on the Mazda3 through MAZDA CONNECT®, let’s figure out how to use it! Read the rest of this entry >>