Windsor Mazda - Maintenance/Fluid Services

Air Induction Service
Our trained technicians start by disassembling the air intake system. They then clean the throttle body housing, intake and plate, plenum and air-intake, and intake valves and ports. Finally, they remove any combustion chamber deposits. This ensures a correct balance of fuel and air in the system.

This air system is critical to many of the normal operating functions of your vehicle. When your vehicle is "breathing" right your vehicle runs better. When air can't circulate effectively because of build up and deposits, vehicle performance suffers and your fuel economy is reduced.

This service benefits you and your vehicle by reducing emissions, restoring horse power, and increasing fuel economy. It also allows your vehicle to start and idle more smoothly and run more quietly.

 Dirty Clean
 


 
Air Filter Replacement
Remove the air filter element from the air filter housing. Clean the air filter housing and inspect the fresh air duct hose for damage, dirt, or obstructions. Inspect the warm air intake hose for signs of deterioration. Install a new filter element, and then reinstall the air filter housing access panel.

A dirty or clogged air filter can affect the fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. Both diesel and gasoline powered engines are designed to maintain a specific air-fuel ratio. A restricted air filter can affect the way the engine maintains the correct air-fuel mixture. If the air filter is restricted, the fuel mileage and overall vehicle drivability can deteriorate rapidly.

Replacing your air filter element is a quick and effective way to keep your engine running at its peak performance. A clean air filter helps your engine work more efficiently by letting the airflow get to the engine with no restrictions. A clean air filter can also prolong the life of your engine. 

Dirty Clean 
   



Transmission Flush
There are many important reasons to service your transmission according to a regular maintenance schedule (i.e., deterioration of transmission fluid, fluid oxidation, and worn material restricting the transmission fluid filter). Not servicing the automatic transmission is one of the leading causes of transmission failure. Having an automatic transmission replaced or rebuilt can be very expensive - not to mention that the failure of the automatic transmission will usually leave you stranded.

You can ensure that your automatic transmission will operate normally and shift smoothly by having it serviced according to the vehicle manufacturer's preventative maintenance schedule. Avoid the costly repairs and vehicle down-time that are associated with an expensive transmission failure. By performing a flush, we are replacing all of the fluids. This restores transmission fluid circulation, helps prevents overheating, smooths shifting and transmission operation, and reduces transmission wear. 

 


Alignment
Inspect the front and rear suspension components for any signs of wear or damage. Using specialized wheel alignment equipment, adjust the suspension and wheels to the vehicle manufacture's specifications.

Vehicle suspensions can wear with age and repeated heavy use. Rough road surfaces and an occasional pothole can change the vehicle's wheel alignment. A wheel alignment can improve your steering control and overall vehicle handling. It can also help prevent abnormal tire wear by bringing the vehicle suspension components back to the vehicle manufacturer's specifications. This important step will keep your vehicle driving the way it was designed to. An alignment is necessary any time a worn suspension part is replaced.

Even slightly worn suspension components can affect the vehicle's wheel alignment. This can lead to premature wear of tires and reduce overall vehicle comfort and safety. A vehicle with worn-out suspension parts can be unsafe to drive. Maintaining your vehicle suspension and performing regular wheel alignments and tire rotations can keep your vehicle safe and reliable.

  


 
Brake Service
One of our skilled technicians will check the condition of your vehicle's brake fluid and, if necessary, remove contaminated fluid from the brake lines and master cylinder, replace the old fluid with appropriate brake fluid. The entire brake system will be inspected for leaks, master cylinder corrosion, worn pneumatic parts, harmful varnish build-up, broken or rusted bleeder valves, worn rotors and drums, and air in the brake lines.

Does your vehicle's brake pedal feel "spongy"? Brake fluid becomes contaminated over time and use. Heat and moisture can cause brake failure. Contaminated fluid leads to expensive repairs.

Worn-out, oxidized brake fluid causes corrosion and harmful deposits and varnish build up. A brake flush service should be performed when your brake fluid shows contamination or every 30,000 to 40,000 miles. 

    


 
Cabin Filter Replacement
Access the cabin or pollen filter according to the vehicle manufacturer's service information. This usually involves opening the glove box and removing the bolt to lower the door. Remove the old cabin air filter from its housing. Replace with new cabin air filter. Replace the bolt to attach the glove box door. Close the glove box door. Clean the housing of all dust and debris. Install the new pollen filter into its housing.

The cabin or pollen filter is designed to filter out dust, pollen and other particles that would normally make their way into your vehicle through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Pollen filters work very well, but need to be replaced as part of a scheduled maintenance program. Restricted and dirty pollen filters put a strain on the blower motor, which can cause it to be excessively noisy and even fail prematurely. This kind of strain on a blower motor can also cause problems with the vehicle wiring and electrical system, due to the excessive amperage required for the blower motor to function. Replacing the blower motor can be very expensive on some vehicles.

A clean cabin or pollen filter can be very effective at keeping dust, pollen, and other unwanted particles from entering the interior of your car. Also, your blower motor will generate a higher volume of airflow, boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC systems. 

Dirty Clean 
    



Power Steering Service
Drain all contaminated power steering fluid from the power steering system. Replace with new manufacturer-recommended power steering fluid. Test drive vehicle and bleed air from the power steering system. Check fluid level after test drive and top off if necessary.

Power steering fluid can become dirty and contaminated under normal driving conditions, and should be replaced with new fluid as part of a preventive maintenance program. Contaminated or dirty power steering fluid can cause power steering system components to fail or wear prematurely. It can also cause the check valve to stick, resulting in irritating noise and poor performance. Power steering system components can be very expensive to replace.

Replacing contaminated or dirty power steering fluid will keep you from having to replace expensive power steering components prematurely. Replacing your vehicle's power steering fluid is an easy and effective way of making sure that your power steering system functions like new for many years to come.

 



Wiper Blade Replacement
Remove the wiper blade inserts from the wiper arms following the vehicle manufacturer's instructions (found in the owner's guide). Install new wiper blade inserts onto the wiper arms. Thoroughly clean the windshield.

The ability to drive safely interests all of us. Having a clean windshield is a necessity for safe driving. Most driving decisions are dependent on the driver having a clear view of the road ahead. Worn or torn wiper blades do not effectively clean the windshield, and a dirty windshield can obstruct the drivers view, possibly resulting in an accident.

Most wiper blade manufacturers recommend replacing your wiper blades or wiper blade inserts every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Something as simple and as inexpensive as replacing your windshield wiper blades will make your driving experience for you and your family a safer one. 

    


 
Coolant Service
Some coolant may be in such poor condition that a coolant flush is necessary to remove the corrosion and deposits that were created in the engine and the radiator. If so, an approved coolant removal and cycling machine is required for this procedure. Our trained technician will connect the vehicle to a state-of-the-art machine and add a cleaner to safely remove rust, sludge and scale deposits. Once the system has been cleaned, the technician will install a new coolant-and-water mix, along with a conditioner to protect the cooling system. Once this is finished, the engine will be allowed to run until it reaches normal operating temperature and then the fluid will be checked and adjusted if necessary.

The engine's coolant pulls the heat from the engine and then dissipates the heat when it enters the radiator. The engine's cooling system is a complex system comprised of many components and materials. The most common materials used are aluminum, plastic, copper, brass, rubber, and steel. The engine coolant must be compatible with all of them. The engine coolant is designed to transfer heat, stop corrosion, and provide a lubricant for the water pump seal. Old antifreeze can become acidic. The combination of acidic fluid and the dissimilar alloys in the cooling system actually creates a crude battery. This condition can cause accelerated corrosion of these materials. Changing the coolant according to a preventative maintenance schedule will prevent this acidic condition, and help prevent corrosion, and expensive future repairs. 

    



Battery Service
One of our skilled technicians will apply battery cleaner and leak detector, inspect battery, terminals and cables, clean battery posts and terminals, install anti-corrosion battery terminal protectors, and then seal battery posts, terminals and case.

One of the primary calls for roadside assistance is due to battery failure. Because of the high demand for electrical power in today's car, it has become important that the battery be properly maintained.

Having your battery serviced every year will ensure longer battery life.

    



Fuel Filter Replacement
Depressurize the fuel system. Remove the fuel filter retaining straps and disconnect the fuel feed and supply lines. Install a factory-approved replacement filter, and then reinstall the retaining components. Check for signs of damage to the fuel lines or connections.

Fuel filters play a crucial role in your engine's performance. If the filter becomes restricted, the engine will starve for fuel and not perform properly. Damaged fuel filters can allow debris to flow through the lines and clog the pressure regulator and fuel injectors. Fuel filters have a life expectancy of about five years. It is important to replace it at the recommended service interval.

Factory replacement parts are designed to work in a specific system by the vehicle manufacturer. Proper filtration of fuel that enters the carburetor or fuel injection system is mandatory to keep your engine performing like new.  

    



Tire Rotation
Carefully lift the vehicle on an approved automotive vehicle lift. Adjust the air pressure in all of the tires. Visually inspect the general condition of the tires. Remove all of the wheels. Reinstall the wheels on the vehicle in accordance with manufacture's rotation pattern, and then torque the wheel lugs to secure wheels to vehicle following the recommended torque procedures.

Weight, power, and steering all effect how your tires wear. Regular tire rotation helps eliminate irregular tire tread wear. When tires aren't rotated on a regular maintenance schedule, the tire wear will be uneven and you will have to replace the tires far more frequently. Additionally, uneven tire wear can rob your vehicle of its fuel economy and performance. Tires take a lot of punishment and require very little servicing in return. Regular tire rotation and balancing is a very cost effective preventative maintenance procedure.

The tires on your vehicle are the only thing between you and the road surface. You have a lot "riding" on your tires in terms of safety and performance. Make tire rotations a regular part of your vehicle's scheduled maintenance program. Enjoy the benefits of a smooth ride, better handling, and improved fuel economy.  

    



Front Differential Fluid Change
Drain the differential fluid according to the vehicle manufacturer's service procedure. Refill the differential housing using the type and amount of differential fluid or gear oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

The differential contains gears referred to as spider gears that allow the wheels to rotate at different speeds whenever the vehicle turns. It also has a ring gear and pinion gear which convert the torque from the engine through the transmission, transfer case and driveline into a right angle torque. This function enables the wheels to be driven by the engine. All of the gears and bearings in the differential are submersed in differential oil for lubrication and protection purposes. Differentials create heat under normal driving conditions, which can eventually break down the fluid, causing its lubrication properties to deteriorate. This condition can lead to total failure of the differential and an expensive repair bill.

Proper service of the front differential fluid will ensure that the gears and bearings inside receive the lubrication they require. With regular service, your differential can last the life of your vehicle. Changing the differential fluid as part of a scheduled maintenance program enhances the reliability of your vehicle, and will save you money over the life of the vehicle.

   



Rear Differential Fluid Change
Drain the rear differential fluid according to the vehicle manufacturer's service procedure. Refill the differential housing using the correct type and amount of differential fluid or gear oil.

The rear differential contains components known as spider gears that allow the wheels to rotate at different speeds when turning. It also has a ring and pinion gear, which convert torque from the engine through the transmission and driveline into right angle torque. This is what enables the wheels to be driven by the engine. All of the gears and bearings in the differential are submersed in differential oil to protect and lubricate them. Differentials create heat under normal driving conditions, which can eventually break down the fluid, causing its lubrication properties to deteriorate. This condition can lead to total differential failure and an expensive repair bill.

Proper service of your rear differential fluid will make sure that the gears and bearings inside have the lubrication they require. With regular service, your differential can last the life of your vehicle. Changing the differential fluid as part of a scheduled maintenance program, will enhance the reliability of your vehicle, and save you money during the life of your vehicle. 

    
 
  

Service
Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed