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Expressive details and design in the 2018 MX-5 Miata

Each Mazda Miata MX-5 is not complete until it has you sitting in the driver’s seat. Re-engineered for the new generation, this popular convertible roadster is ready for you to take it on the road in [CITY].

Having an extra set of eyes can be helpful when there are hazards on the road and cars in your blind spots. By adding technology like radar and cameras to your MX-5 Miata, you can be alerted to issues before they occur.

What’s waiting for you around the next corner? With adaptive lighting, this system syncs the headlights with the front…

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Common Engine Oil Myths Debunked

Most car owners know that an engine cannot run properly without motor oil. However, some of the most common things people believe about engine oil are not true. For example, the myth you should change your oil every 3,000 miles is not necessarily true.

You might believe that when your engine oil turns dark, it is dirty and you need to change it right away. The truth is that detergent based engine oils actually turn darker and does not impede your car engine's ability to run properly. Additionally, most engine oils today are manufactured to last well beyond…

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Signs Your Car's Ignition Needs Service

There exist some sure signs that your car's ignition is in need of service. One of the most common signs that your ignition requires service is when it fails to start the car on the first try. If you routinely must turn the ignition more than one time for the car to start, you likely need service.

Another sign that your ignition is in need of service is the ignition itself being unusually hot to touch. Odds are this represents an issue with the system and the electrical system.

If your car stalls when idling, this can be a…

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Temperature Extremes and Car Batteries

There is no denying a car battery gives a vehicle life. Without that surge of electricity, the car doesn't move, which leaves the driver stranded and wondering what went wrong. One big reason is temperature extremes. It's good to know how and why this happens so you can make an informed decision on your next purchase.

Car batteries work in a wide range of temperatures, but extreme cold and heat interfere. Winter culprits have reduced battery capacity and increases in the draw from both starter motors and vehicle accessories. Battery capacity drops 20 percent when the weather is…

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Have You Noticed That Your Alignment is Off?

If you’ve noticed that you’re overcompensating at the steering wheel to keep your vehicle in a straight line, that’s an indication that it needs realignment. Roads are loaded with imperfections, such as potholes, and too many can knock your car out of alignment. It’s recommended to include an alignment check with the routine annual maintenance unless it appears to need service sooner.

There are a number of ways that proper wheel alignment affects your car. One of them is gas mileage. When your car is properly aligned, it doesn’t need to work so hard to…

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Understanding the Purpose of Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is as important to your vehicle’s brake system as the brakes are important to the vehicle. It’s an issue of maintenance, but more importantly a safety issue. In order for your brakes to work as efficiently as possible, your brakes require regular maintenance, which requires draining or flushing out the old and adding new brake fluid. At Oak Lawn Mazda, we’ll take the guesswork out of it for you.

As a general rule, auto manufacturers recommend replacing brake fluid anywhere from every one to two years. However, every vehicle is different, and every vehicle has…

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Some Facts About Synthetic Oil

You've spent a lot of money on your vehicle, and you want to maintain it in the best way possible. Part of that maintenance requires the use of a good quality motor oil. Synthetic motor oils are becoming more and more popular in Oak Lawn, IL and across the nation. Synthetic oil is made from chemical compounds that provide great benefits for your vehicle.

Synthetic oil provides excellent protection at both ends of the temperature spectrum. It won't get thick in the cold weather nor will it thin way down in the very high heat. This means that…

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Get Some Traction With Sand


If you are going to be traveling in the snow or in the slush, you will want to have a bag of sand, salt, or litter in your car. If you do happen to get stuck, you will be able to give yourself some traction to get out of a slippery situation. Come see us at Oak Lawn Mazda for a tune-up as well.

Sand is a great choice as it will give you the traction you need and it will not get messy like litter can tend to get when it gets wet. Litter will work too just don…
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