Blog

Heat Weakens the Battery


Many drivers experience cold weather battery failure. They try to start their vehicles on a frigid day and get clicking sounds or cranks that won't kick over the engine. Typically, someone offers a replacement that will work in cold weather. This is a logical scene but perhaps the wrong conclusion; hot weather weakens batteries.

Urbandale drivers use their vehicles in all seasons, and the hot weather has the more severe effects. In hot weather, the chemical reactions inside the battery speed up, and the battery fluid evaporates. The battery does...
read more
Categories:

Powertrain warranty vs. bumper-to-bumper warranty – knowing the difference

Vehicle warranties often play a big part in helping consumers choose what vehicle to buy. We at Ramsey Mazda want you to knowledgeable on what each warranty offers so you can make an informed decision when you make your next purchase. Stop and see us today.

Although powertrain warranties generally cover only the vehicle’s powertrain, these are the biggest and most costly parts (engine, transmission, drive shaft, differential, etc.). They cover most things that control sending power to the wheels other than things that just wear out like the batteries...

read more
Categories:

Are There Different Types of Spare Tires?

Before you find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, check your car’s trunk to see what kind of a spare you have. A compact, or donut, spare tire is a smaller version of your vehicle’s regular tires. If you have a full-size spare, that is essentially a regular tire like the others.

A compact tire is only intended for use in emergency situations. Since it is much smaller than a regular tire, it has limitations. The tread is not of the same depth as a regular vehicle, and maneuverability is not as…

read more
Categories:

Healthy Alternators Complete Two Important Tasks

Your vehicle's alternator serves two important services, keeping your car performing well. The alternator is responsible for recharging the battery while your vehicle is running so it can continue to start up trouble-free. It is also responsible for working in concert with your battery in keeping all the electrical components of the car operating problem-free. These include windshield wipers, CD/radio player and headlights.

Your vehicle is equipped with warning lights on your instrument panel, marked "ALT" or "GEN"...

read more
Categories:

Buying Used at Ramsey Mazda


If you're in the market for a new car, it's always important to do your research before you make it to the dealership. Sometimes it's easy to get swept up in the moment and make rash decisions, especially when it comes to a nice car.

Always consider buying a pre-owned vehicle. The rebates on used cars are much more budget friendly than rebates on new cars. Also, keep in mind that with used cars the original owner took the loss of the depreciation. Which means more savings for you! There are thousands of websites that search dealerships…
read more
Categories:

Activate Your Road Trip Checklist


You need to activate your road trip checklist before you leave for the holidays. That means you need to get a few things done before you ever hop into the car. Many of us just consider packing clothes. Taking a safe road trip includes much more preparation than that.

There's a whole lot to do. So it's a good idea to always have a consistent checklist. There are things you'll always need…
read more
Categories:

Don't Ignore the Lights on Your Dash

There are many different messages that you can get on your dashboard. Most of them do not mean that you have a major repair on your hands. In fact, it is quite the opposite. When you get an indicator light up on your dash it may mean that your door is ajar, you are due for an oil change, or that you just need to replace your gas cap.

 

read more
Categories:

Why You Need to Get Parts From Dealerships

As an Mazda car owner, you probably want to be able to get parts of the vehicle with much ease and affordability. Involve our team when choosing your parts. It could save you a lot of time and money. You can do thorough research on the parts that you want to purchase then call our team and verify if the parts are available at the dealership.

 

read more
Categories: , , , ,

How to Transport Food Safely on Roads

Do you wish to drive with food for the holiday? How will you ensure that your food is fresh? You put more consideration in the aspect of food safety when traveling, to ensure the safety of the food. Here are some of the tips from Ramsey Mazda that you may find helpful if you want to transport food.

read more
Categories: , , ,