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Test Your Vehicle's Battery Yourself

Knowing the basic functions of your vehicle is important. Do you have a dead car battery? Here is a simple way to test the voltage to help you find out if you need a replacement or not:

Battery Voltage Test

A voltmeter is a simple tool that can be acquired at any home improvement or auto parts store. You can test the voltage of your car battery by setting your voltmeter to measure volts and touching the positive and negative test leads to the terminals on the battery when the car is off. If you get a measurement of 12…

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The Importance of Scheduling Routine Tire Rotations

Along with routine oil changes, tire rotations are just another item of business that your vehicle needs in order to function efficiently and safely. Not to mention, a tire rotation can help prolong the life of your tires as you cruise through Delray Beach, FL. Since replacing your tires is a big expense, you'll want to keep them going for as long as you can.

The tire experts here at Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach can help. Tire rotations promote even wear on your tires. If you're running your tires in the same spots all the time, then…

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Odd Noises May Predict Starter Issues in Your Vehicle

As the winter season consolidates itself, we are committed to helping drivers get their cars ready to stand up to the elements. When it comes to winter driving, it is crucial that cars perform as consistently as possible, whether you travel in Delray Beach or elsewhere. This consistent performance extends to the starting system, as there is no doubt that winter drivers expect and need their engines to engage every time they turn their keys.

To make sure that this happens, drivers need to make sure that all of the components of their starter systems are in good shape.  

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How To Change A Flat Tire

Suppose you are driving around in the suburbs of Delray Beach and hear a loud noise coming from one of your tires and then your vehicle starts to handle weird. You have most likely just blown a tire. Here are the quick steps to changing a flat tire.

Every vehicle comes from the factory with a tool kit to handle this situation. Each manufacturer has created its own way of fixing a flat, but the most common method is with a spare tire. Your spare is most likely located in the rear of the...
 

 

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How to Know if Your Exhaust is Leaking

We all know what the exhaust pipe looks like but some don't know what exactly it does. Simply put, the exhaust pipe's main job is to remove toxic gasses and vapors that the engine creates from the car and expel them to the surrounding area where it can be severely diluted by surrounding air.

How do you know if your exhaust system has a leak in it? That's why our team of maintenance experts at Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach are excited to give you some insider knowledge about ways to spot potential leaks. 

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Watch for Water on the Road

After rain begins falling while you're driving, try to drive in the tracks that are left by other vehicles. This can sometimes help to keep water from ponding on the road, which can then decrease your risk of hydroplaning. You also want to avoid driving on the sides of the road, as this is where most of the water tends to run off.

Check your windshield wipers occasionally to ensure that they work as they should. Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach can install new wipers if you see that they aren't keeping water off of your windshield or…

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Simple and Safe Way to Change the Flat Tire on Your Car

The most important thing to remember when you get a flat is to move the car on the rim to a safe spot off the roadway. The vehicle should be in park and emergency brake engaged before working on the car.

Loosen the lugs slightly on the flat tire, then it is safe to jack the car high enough to loosen them the rest of the way. Remove the flat tire, and place the spare tire in its place. Tighten the lugs only enough to secure the tire to the brake rotor. Lower the jack slowly, then tighten the lugs…

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

Everyone knows that you should have tires that are the correct size and have the correct ratings for your specific vehicle. However, you may not know that there are specific tires that are designed to be used in certain weather and road conditions, depending on the climate where you live.

Summer tires are meant to perform best in hot and rainy conditions. These tires are made of compounds that will retain their shape in the heat. They also have a shallower tread with solid ribs that are continuous, for a better grip on the road. All-season tires are meant to…

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Poor Gas Mileage may Predict Exhaust Leaks

If you’ve noticed a drop in your gas mileage lately, gas leaks or old spark plugs may not be the problem. Rather, your leaky exhaust system may be causing your mileage woes, and in that case, you'll need to schedule a visit to our auto repair shop soon.

Exhaust systems that develop leaks can make it harder for engines to aspirate. The extra energy that such motors must expend can produce a precipitous drop in gas mileage. In addition to poor gas mileage, overworked motors can age quickly and develop a raft of related problems. 

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Reasons Why Your Tire Pressure Light Illuminates

If you are driving through Delray Beach, FL and you think your tire pressure light has come on by accident, there are a couple of different reasons it might have happened. Almost all of them are going to have you want to go to a trusted auto service shop, like the one here at Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach, to have it looked at.

The first reason is a relatively simple one. The problem might have to do with a sudden shift in the temperature where you are. If the temp goes from hot to cold quickly, it can make…

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