As temperatures rise, your Mazda is going to feel the heat. With all of the road trips and picture perfect drives, you need to keep your baby looking good and driving well. We rounded up the top summer care tips that the CorkSport community submitted to us on Facebook and added in a few of our own.
Search for shade
The sun can damage your car’s paint job and interior materials. Keep your Mazda safe by parking in the shade or using a garage whenever possible. Quang Lam always keeps his Speed in the garage to prevent sun damage, and Brian Pinter recommends never washing your Mazda in the direct sunlight.
Get fresh fluids
Keep your Mazda running smooth during the hot summer months with fresh fluids in your coolant system. It will protect your engine and keep your AC cold as ice.
Check your oil
Oil is your car’s lifeblood. Regular oil changes are the cheapest way to extend the life of your Mazda and keep it performing at its best. Change your oil before your next big road trip or if it’s been longer than three months since your last change.
Give her a proper wash
This is crucial for keeping your Mazda looking good and preserving the paint. Christopher Horton says the number one tip for washing is to never go to a car wash or use the dirty brushes at self-serve car washes. Their brushes are notoriously dirty and poor quality; you’re just asking for scratches. Joey Acosta and Nick Svarens always use a two bucket system for washing. One for soap and one with clean water for rinsing. Timmy Figgatt and Jeremy Shea swear by microfiber towels to prevent scratches, streaks, and water spots.
Keep the interior fresh
Exterior shots are sexy but you spend most of your time inside your Mazda so don’t forget about keeping your interior clean. Matt Buzzell specifically uses vinyl conditioner to keep his interior pure and preserve its matte metallic finish. Kevin Stockman swears diaper wipes actually make a great interior cleaner for dust and dirt.
Maintain a sexy shine
Now that your interior is fresh and the exterior is washed, it’s time to get that sexy shine. Kiefer Westlund, a professional detailer, and John Lukis recommend regular waxing using Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax. Meguiar’s wax sells for $25 per bottle, which will last for many waxes. Kris Pena and Jeremy Brown are loyal to Chemical Guys for all of their Mazda care needs. For more tips on keeping your exterior shine, check out our blog post on how to keep that new Mazda sheen.
Now you’re ready to take on the hottest months of the summer performing well under the hood and looking good.