Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

How to get car ready for fall and winter?

Monday, September 28th, 2020
car driving down autumn road

Autumn Auto Service Checklist: Get Your Car Ready for Fall and Winter

Fall started last week. Crazy how quickly time goes. And with fall comes all sorts of things to do. Rake up leaves, clean the gutters and downspouts, pressure wash the siding, check the windows and doors, and…make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold weather.

Here’s a checklist to get your car ready for fall and winter.


How to Open the Gas Cap in a Mazda?

Friday, November 15th, 2019
Pumping gas into a car

Opening the Gas Cap in your New Mazda

There’s a lot to learn when you buy a new vehicle. You’ve gotta know where the parking brake is, where the wiper controls are, how to navigate your navigation system. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the many buttons and levers packed into new cars. And if you’re used to manually opening your gas cap, the fact that some vehicles lock their gas caps with a mechanism can catch you completely off-guard. Which usually happens some time between figuring out which side of the vehicle the gas cap is on and which type of fuel to put in.

Worry not! Here at Hall Mazda near Milwaukee, we’re Mazda experts. We’ll show you how to open the gas cap in a Mazda. (more…)

How often should I get a new car?

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Man in suit holding a floating dollar symbol

How to Decide if you Need a New Car

Some people say you need to trade up every two years to minimize your car’s value depreciation. Others refuse to own vehicles under 20 years old. Chances are that everyone you know has a different bit of advice that they swear by when it comes to getting new vehicles.

We here at Hall Mazda did some research and have come up with a few questions to consider in order to help you decide if you should stick with your old ride or upgrade to a new one. (more…)

Is recommended car maintenance a scam?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Mechanic carrying a tire over his shoulder

Recommended Car Maintenance and Why You Need It

For those of us without mechanical know-how or aptitude, car problems are scary and tend to sneak up on us. Maybe you’re driving to work and your engine starts making clunking noises or your brakes have been squealing for awhile and now you can feel one of your wheels wobbling like crazy through the steering wheel. Here at Hall Mazda in Brookfield, WI, we want to make sure that your ride stays in the best condition possible, so we’re here to answer…

Is recommended car maintenance a scam? (more…)

How Do I Prevent my 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata from Rusting during Winter?

Monday, September 30th, 2019
Red 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Parked

Winter Care Tips for your Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a beautiful car. It looks just as sharp lounging in a driveway as it does dominating the road. It begs to be looked at and admired. If you’re not careful, however, those sleek lines can be marred by rust, especially if the Milwaukee winter is unkind. With heavy snow comes roads covered salt, sand, and moisture, a troublesome trifecta for your pristine Miata. With winter right around the corner, let’s talk about how to prevent the worst from happening so your Miata doesn’t have to stay parked in the garage all winter. (more…)

What size tire does my car need?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
A row of tires lined up on a white background. We can see through the hole of several of them, making it feel as by looking at this we're on the verge of dropping through the "portal" into some kind of tire-universe.

Finding Your Vehicle’s Tire Size

Buying new tires isn’t something we have to do all that often, so when the need does arise, it can be intimidating. One factor tire-buyers often encounter is size. Something they may have never thought about before is, “What size tires does my vehicle use?” “What tire size should a buy?” Ultimately, it comes down to, “What size tire does my car need?” (more…)

Have you been ignoring your vehicle’s maintenance needs?

Friday, April 5th, 2019
mechanic holding tire

Vehicle maintenance items you shouldn’t ignore

Maintaining a vehicle takes a lot of work. After spending thousands on a new vehicle, it may be only a matter of time before you find various odds and ends that need tuning up. When you begin racking up a few miles, there will be a few maintenance needs that will show up. Take a look at a few of the vehicle maintenance items you may be neglecting that you really shouldn’t ignore. (more…)

Ball Joints Going Bad?

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
car up on a hoist in auto repair shop

How to tell if a ball joint is going bad on your vehicle

We get it, you have a lot to look out for on your vehicle. Between the oil changes, transmission flushes, wheel alignments, and all the other maintenance needs your vehicle will need over its lifetime, it can be frustrating when another component goes bad. Ball joints are one of those things that usually don’t get much attention until they’ve already gone bad. Don’t wait til it goes bad though; learn how to tell if a ball joint is going bad on your vehicle! (more…)

Bring Your Car Out the Right Way This Spring

Monday, March 4th, 2019
2017 mazda cx-9 next to a garage

Tips for bringing a car out of storage

Bringing a car out of storage might seem like a simple concept. All you have to do is open up the garage door and drive it out, right? not quite. There are a few important steps involved, and adhering to them can make all the difference in making sure you don’t run into problems down the road. Check out some tips for bringing a car out of storage here on our blog! (more…)

How to use the Mazda Commander Controller

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Mazda vehicle with commander controller

Mazda is a tech giant in the industry. Bridging the gap between inexpensive conventional vehicles and expensive luxury options, any of the available Mazda models are a great choice for getting the best of both worlds. One of the technology features is the Commander Controller, which allows you to select various options on your infotainment display screen. Find out how to use the Mazda Commander Controller here on our blog! (more…)