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How do Your Car's Brake Pads Work?

When people press their brake pedal, they don't put much thought into the mechanisms that actually bring their car to a stop. Understanding this process is extremely important for car owners. Here is how car brakes actually work.

The braking system of a car is more complex than just pushing on a pedal and the car stopping. The braking system consists of a lot of components that trigger the car to stop, and one of those components are the brake pads.  

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Suspension System

Tim Short Mazda has been in the auto industry for some time. In that time, we have earned the community's trust, which we did by making sure our customers knew everything about their vehicles, such as the suspension system.

Your car's suspension system is made up of a number of components, such as shocks, springs, and tires, just to name a few. Your vehicle uses these parts to absorb the shocks as you drive around town. The system is in the vehicle to give you control and help reduce the rumble you would feel if this system was…

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Don't Let Extreme Temperatures Drain Your Battery

Tim Short Mazda answers a lot of questions about batteries. We don't mind. We want drivers to make informed decisions regarding their vehicles. One of the biggest concerns drivers have is the effectiveness of their battery in extreme temperatures.

It's no secret that batteries are forced to work overtime in the winter. Motor oil thickens in cold temperatures making the motor work harder to turn over. An overworked motor draws more amperage from the battery. A relatively new battery can handle the extra demand, but an older battery is more likely to fail. 

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Expert Care Of Your Headlights


The headlights of your vehicle are definitely one of those things that you don’t notice until something goes wrong with them. While it may be tempting to just let it go, driving your car with less-than-functional headlights can cause you to get a ticket or worse, get into an accident. This is why you need expert care of your headlights, and here are some of the things an automotive technician will look for regarding your vehicle lights:

Changing Your Bulbs

A good automotive technician will be able to tell the difference between whether your vehicle can undergo a simple…
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Exhaust Leak Warning Signs

Your car's exhaust system plays a critical function. This system channels the harmful exhaust fumes away from the cab and out into the air. At times, the exhaust system can leak, and this can lead to an unhealthy situation.

There are certain warning signs that you will want to look for that indicate that the exhaust system might be leaking. If you hear hissing and popping noises from the exhaust, that is a sign of an exhaust leak. 

 

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Should You Choose Summer or All-Season Tires This Season?

When purchasing tires for a vehicle, a big concern of drivers is if they should get summer tires or all-season tires. While both tires will offer good performance, summer tires may be a better choice under certain conditions, while all-season tires also have their benefits. Come to Tim Short Mazda and speak to our automotive specialists if you have any tire-related questions or just to see what we have in our shop.

Summer tires are often referred to as performance tires because of how well they perform. Summer tires offer great traction on dry or wet roads as well as…

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How to Change a Flat Tire When You Absolutely Have To


Even though no one ever plans to get a flat tire, everyone should be prepared to change one if the situation requires it.

The process is very simple, but special care must be paid to the safety steps in the process in order to remain safe and protect your vehicle from further damage.
  • Start by securing the vehicle. Be sure to apply parking brake.
  • Locate and remove the spare tire, jack, and lug wrench.
  • While the vehicle is still on the ground, loosen the lugs.
  • Place the jack and slowly raise the vehicle. Be sure to stay clear of the…
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DIY Headlight Restoration Sometimes Works


Nighttime driving can be fun, but not when the headlights are so cloudy that visibility is diminished. You could be putting your family in danger with dim headlights, so why not restore them to a brighter state. Here are a few things you can do.

Some people use toothpaste to scrub the cloud away from headlight lenses. The trick to doing this is to apply some toothpaste to a moist cloth and scrubbing for a few minutes. Wipe this off and you should see the brightness return.

 
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Be Aware of These Roadside Emergency Preparation Tips

Being able to safely get through any roadside emergency all comes down to preparation. Prepare for the worst and expect the best, and you'll be in a better position to get home safe.

The mechanics in our service center at Tim Short Mazda wanted to pass on these roadside safety tips to make certain you and your family stay safe on the highway. Plan your appointment with us at 6015 International Drive today!

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Avoid the Risks of Hydroplaning with These Simple Tips

Heavy rainstorms can greatly increase your risks of an accident. Should your vehicle start to hydroplane and your tires lose contact with the road, you’ll suddenly find yourself unable to steer or brake. Far too many accidents are caused by this easily avoidable situation, so read on to learn how to keep yourself safe when driving in heavy rains.

Driving too fast or accelerating too rapidly are both common causes of hydroplaning, which is why you need to slow down and never attempt to speed up too quickly in heavy rains. As well, you also need to make sure…

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