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Understanding the Mazda Oil Life Monitor and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Mazda Oil Life Monitor system indicates when and what service your car needs.
Ten Sports Cars That Double as Good Daily Drivers
The best daily driver is a car that's reliable, usable, and still fun to drive. Popular daily sports cars include the BMW M3, Subaru WRX, and VW GTI.
Mazda Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car Program
If If you have been shopping for a used Mazda vehicle, you may want to check out cars under their certified pre-owned program. Many manufacturers have a certified pre-owned (CPO) program, and each one is set up differently. Read on...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're On a Budget
If If you’re on a budget and need to purchase a car it can feel as though it’s slim pickings. Thankfully, there are plenty of great options available even to those on a tight budget. Let’s take a look. The...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Retired
Here’s Here’s a cruel, hard fact – car manufacturers no longer target seniors. Instead, they devote their time and energy to appealing to the 18-45 demographic. Still, some features make certain cars more suitable for older drivers. We have...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Wedding Planner
As As a wedding planner, the demands placed on your time are going to be significant, even if you’re only dealing with one or two couples. You need to be a master juggler when it comes to your time and...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Got Your License
If If you are a new driver, congratulations on getting your license. Now, you need to think about what type of vehicle to buy. Ideally, you’ll choose a used car that isn’t overly expensive, and is reliable and safe while...
The Top 5 Selling Cars in Arkansas in 2012
Arkansas, Arkansas, like many other states, has to deal with a wide range of weather, from the stifling to the icy. This means drivers need vehicles that can handle the heat while also helping them get through slippery conditions. In...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Personal Assistant
As As a personal assistant, you have a lot of demands placed on your time. Often it’s important that you be able to get around town quickly, running a ton of errands, picking things up here, dropping them off there,...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2013 Mazda CX-5
Key Key Features The Mazda CX-5 has a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that offers 155 hp at 6,000 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel...
2012 Mazda 3 vs. 2012 Honda Civic: Which One Should I Buy?
Compact cars are well-known for their cost-effectiveness, value and affordability as well as their small stature. In general, they make great commuter cars and are especially good for first-time cars for kids or college students heading out for the first...
2012 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4: Which One Should I Buy?
Mid-size crossover SUVs are an excellent option when you need to take several friends along with you, or bring your kids along and yet still need to keep a tight leash on your purchase cost as well as your ongoing...
2012 Honda Odyssey vs. 2012 Mazda 5: Which One Should I Buy?
Passenger vans may be one of the most maligned classes of vehicles. From being called "Mom-mobiles" to being mocked extensively by those who have not experienced the comfort and ease of getting into and out of a van, vans just...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mazda 5
If If you’re looking for a vehicle that isn’t quite a minivan yet is bigger than a wagon, you’ll love the 2012 Mazda 5. With enough room for six adults, sliding rear doors that make it easy to get to...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mazda 3
The The compact car class is definitely a competitive one, with established models like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic taking up a lot of the market every year. However, if you’re looking for a really attractive compact sedan or...
A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mazda 2
For For those of you who really just want a car for the sake of transportation—and not towing or for a job where you need to transport tools—you might want to consider the 2012 Mazda 2. This car may not...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Mazda RX-8
The The 2011 Mazda RX-8 is a sporty, two-door coupe that is able to seat four people (two in the front and two in the rear). While this was the final year of production for the RX-8, it definitely made...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re an Architect
Obviously, Obviously, architects appreciate beauty and symmetry. This is not just the case when it comes to their building projects, but also in terms of the vehicles they choose. We have evaluated several used cars, and identified the Mercedes...
The Best Used Cars to Buy for Long Commutes
Most Most of us are faced with the prospect of commuting back and forth to work on a daily basis, but some have a much longer drive than others. When it comes time to buy a car, you need to...

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Went too long without oil change and started hearing metal clanking noises. What should I do?
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Heater fan comes on when engine is shut off. 2009 Mazda CX 9 AWD
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98 mazda b2500 steering wheel was locked. I turned key and wheel and it came loose. now truck don't do anything. battery is fine.
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Car won’t start, battery is good. Head lights in dash won’t come on. Radio comes on. Can’t lock doors.
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will a water pump fail without the temperature light showing?
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Why does my car vibrate when idle?
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve causing your engine idle to fluctuate and eventually stall. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that...
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What other cars could fit my engine?
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Valve cover leaking on to exhaust manifold gasket can that make it blow white smoke and make CEL flash
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Valve cover leaking on to exhaust manifold gasket can that make it blow white smoke and make CEL flash
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Transmission slipping
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Transmission is slipping
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Traction Control System
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The transmission is slipping.
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The cigarette lighter is not working. What should I do?
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Steering wheel shaking
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Should I change my transmission fluid.
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Should I change my transmission fluid?
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PCV Valve
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Noise when turning
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