Blog

You are viewing all posts for categories: service

Should I Use All-Season Tires In The Winter?

Most of the new cars sold come with all-season tires already on them. These tires provide good traction in the normal driving conditions experienced throughout the year. Some people wonder if they should switch over to winter tires when that season rolls around. Budd Baer Mazda would like to provide you with some tire guidance.

All-season tires are made to perform well in summer and winter. However, they are not made to handle the extremes of either season. Winter tires have a deeper tread than all-season tires....

 

Read More
Categories:

Extreme Temperatures and Car Batteries - What You Need to Know

The time of the year is upon us when extreme temperatures are a concern for vehicle owners. At Budd Baer Mazda we want to make sure you have the information you need to understand how extreme temperatures affect your car's battery. This will help you select the proper battery for your vehicle.

The most important thing to understand is that both cold and hot temperatures can affect a car battery. In fact, hot temperatures often cause more damage to batteries. It is extremes in temperature that cause a problem, not the temperature itself.
 

 

Read More
Categories:

Check Your Spare Tire Before This Driving Season

If you've ever had a flat tire, you're probably experienced with a compact spare, also known as, a "donut." They can be pesky to change, but they'll get the job done until you're able to get into the dealership. Budd Baer Mazda also wants to make you aware of a great alternative.

A full-sized spare offers you a little more flexibility when it comes to timing. You'll be able to drive at normal speeds, and you won't have to get to the dealership as quickly for a replacement or repair. However, you'll need…
Read More
Categories:

The Bumper to Bumper Advantage

The Bumper to Bumper Warranty is one of the warranties you are going to hear a lot about when looking for a vehicle. This is one warranty that often talked about along with the Powertrain warranty. However, you might want to consider the Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty because of the advantages you can get.

The Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty covers everything from the front bumper to the rear bumper including the powertrain. The other vehicle systems are also covered. Therefore, any system that fails but is not essential to the running of the vehicle is going to be covered when it comes to expenses…

Read More
Categories:

Stay Safe in the Rain With These Two Tips

 

No one likes peering through a windshield full of water or hydroplaning on a puddle when it's raining. It can be downright dangerous, especially if you're not prepared. But there are some preventative measures that you can take to ensure that your drive is safe, and at Budd Baer Mazda, we want you to have the best techniques at hand, so here are a few tips.

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you're doing well is slow down when it's raining. Make sure that there's plenty of distance between you and the other…
Read More
Categories:

How to Budget for a Road Trip

There are many ways that you can enjoy a trip without having to spend too much money. For instance, you can pack your own food or entertainment instead of buying fast food or spending money on a concert. In some cases, towns and cities will host free concerts or other events that you can enjoy with your friends.

It is always a good idea to plan out your route ahead of time. This can help you calculate how much money to bring for gas, lodging and other trip expenses. In some cases, it may be necessary to prioritize spending on…

Read More
Categories:

Proper Alignment is Essential to a Great Drive

If your vehicle pulls to one side when you're driving in Washington, PA, that's a sign that it's time for a wheel alignment. A number of situations can cause your vehicle to go out of alignment, including large potholes, rough road and occasionally hitting curbs and medians.

Lack of proper alignment can cause uneven tire wear and shorten the life of your tires. It can also cause you to constantly correct your steering, causing you added stress when driving. Other signs of misalignment include vibration in the steering wheel.

Read More
Categories: ,

Avoiding Engine Coolant System Problems

Your car has an extensive part system that helps to keep it cool and running properly. This cooling system consists of the radiator, fan, hoses and the water pump. If part of this system malfunctions, your car may overheat and be damaged.

In order to prevent your engine getting too hot, you need to maintain your vehicle's cooling system properly. Whenever you are in for regularly scheduled maintenance, make sure that the mechanics check the belts and hoses for wear and damage. You should also have your cooling system flushed according to your car manufacturer's guidelines.

Read More
Categories: ,

Don't Tread Lightly: Learn How to Read Tire Sizes

At some point you have probably noticed the number markings on the sidewall of your car's tires. You are correct in assuming that these numbers represent the size and type of tire. They also indicate how a tire might perform of how much weight it can carry.

Every car owner should learn how to read these markings. The first character is usually a " P" which tells you it is a P-metric sized tire. This is the typical measurement in the U.S. However; if you are dealing with a tire for a light truck, there will be an " LT…

Read More
Categories: , ,

Why Your Vehicle's Differential Is Important

Many people don't know what your vehicle's differential does, and that is okay. Luckily, we here at Budd Baer Mazda are here to give you the basics so you can become a more informed car owner.

Your car's differential is basically a gearbox that works with the engine and the transmission to take power generated in the engine, and then transmitted by the transmission to the wheel axles and makes the car move forward or backward. While a differential may last much longer, it is recommended to replace your differential fluid roughly every 40,000 miles.

Read More
Categories: , ,