Vehicle Care at Townsville Mazda

Looking after your Mazda

These useful tips will help you get the most out of motoring, and your Mazda. It's worth remembering these tips every time you get behind the wheel. They'll help keep your Mazda in top condition, make it more enjoyable to drive and can save you money.

Avoid hard revving when cold

Starting up from cold is when most engine wear occurs. So give your Mazda a few minutes to warm up by using low engine revs as you drive. This allows the lubrication system to move oil right through the engine. When the temperature gauge is in the normal operating zone, your Mazda is ready for what it does best. Zoom-Zoom.

Try to drive smoothly without rapidly stopping and starting

The stop-start nature of city driving is hard on cars. By adopting a smooth, steady driving style you'll dramatically reduce wear on your engine, clutch, transmission, brakes and tyres. You'll also use less fuel, which saves money and helps the environment.

Whenever you park, ensure the handbrake is fully engaged and the car is left in gear

Select ‘P’ with an automatic transmission, or first or reverse gear with a manual transmission. When parking downhill, point your wheels towards the kerb for extra safety.

Avoid gutters, kerbs and bumps

Try to avoid hitting kerbs when parking and potholes at speed. The impact can put the front wheels out of alignment, causing uneven and premature tyre wear. It can also cause damage to wheel rims and tyres.

Check your gauges regularly when driving

Water temperature and oil pressure are most important as they monitor your engine's vital cooling and lubrication systems. If these gauges move into the critical zone, stop the car as soon as practical and get help by calling your nearest Mazda Service Centre or Roadside Assistance. Similarly, if a warning light comes on, stop and get help. For more information, please refer to your Owner's Manual. 

Drive for a cleaner environment

Air pollution affects everyone, particularly children and the elderly. The combined effect of all our vehicles reduces air quality, but we can help reduce this environmental impact.

  • Have your Mazda serviced regularly to help save fuel and reduce running costs
  • Avoid hard acceleration and braking to reduce fuel consumption and brake and tyre wear
  • Keep tyres correctly inflated for optimum fuel economy
  • Don't carry heavy loads, like golf clubs, when you don’t need to - a lighter vehicle uses less fuel
  • Plan your trip to combine several small trips - your Mazda will run more efficiently on longer journeys 

When driving at dusk, make sure to use your headlights rather than parking lights

They offer better visibility to other road users, particularly at times when outside lighting is reduced. 

Take extra special care of your Mazda during the first month

No special running in is necessary, but a few precautions in the first month can optimise the long-term performance, economy and durability of your Mazda. 

  • Don't race the engine
  • Don't sit on one speed for long periods
  • Don't drive at full throttle or high engine revs for extended periods
  • Avoid unnecessary hard stops
  • Don't tow a heavy trailer

Don’t forget your complimentary post-delivery inspection! Your Mazda Service Centre will complete the first inspection and conduct a series of checks and tests.