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How to Test a Vehicle's Battery

The battery is something you might not think about until it stops working properly. When this happens, calling it an inconvenience can be an understatement. Rather than waiting until the battery dies, it's a good idea to test its state of charge.

This assessment is fairly simple and can be done with a voltmeter. The voltmeter has two test leads. After making sure everything is turned off, first connect the positive test lead to the battery's positive terminal and then connect the negative test lead to the negative terminal.
 

 

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Choosing the Right Tires for Summer Driving

With the warm weather upon us, it’s time to consider the best tires for summer driving and, at Putnam Mazda, we want you to be an informed driver aware of what tires will best serve your needs based on your driving habits. Pay us a visit and allow us to advise you on the difference between summer tires and all-season tires.

Summer tires will give you precise handling with excellent performance on both wet or dry road conditions. They’re designed for driving in the summer months, or can be used year round if you don’t have snow…
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How Often Does a Car Really Need to be Waxed?

If you're a casual motorist, then you might not have ever bothered trying to use car wax before. It might not even seem all that necessary. You might be surprised to learn, however, that car wax can do much more than keep a car looking new longer.

Car wax actually helps to protect your car's finish from damage. It's not just cosmetic. Considering the weather in Burlingame, you might have seen how fast rain can age a vehicle. Wax acts as a physical barrier that makes your car's body hydrophobic, which means water will just bead…
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The Mazda CX-3 Makes it Easy to Back Up

Many drivers yearn for vehicles that are powerful, roomy, and safe. Thankfully, just such a vehicle exists and it is known as the Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV. While this vehicle is indeed roomy and powerful, it also puts a premium on keeping occupants as safe as possible. To this end, this iconic vehicle deploys a number of safety enhancing technologies that include rear cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, and even Lane Departure warning systems.

SUVs are bulky by nature, and as such it can be difficult for many drivers to see around the rear of their vehicles...
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Mazda MX-5 Miata Design Features

Want to drive the top sports car in the country? You may be surprised at how affordable it can be. The new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been ranked number one by US News & World Report. It’s also ranked number one in convertibles. The new design has been praised for its lightweight agility that achieves great acceleration and power without the horsepower of a luxury sports car. The Mazda MX-5 Miata can accelerate up to 181 horsepower, which is up from the previous design. The previous models were only able to get 150 horsepower.

There are other design changes…
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A Glance at the Technology Features That Come With the Mazda CX-5

Many consumers in the market for a new vehicle choose a crossover SUV because they offer many perks. If you are considering a crossover SUV, our team at Putnam Mazda suggests the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is popular for many reasons, such as innovative technology features that provide you with convenience and entertainment.

The Mazda Connect infotainment system is featured with the CX-5. This infotainment system features a seven-inch full-color display that is easy to use. It offers a wide range of functions that include Apple CarPlay. With Apple CarPlay,...
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Have More Fun with the Tech of the Mazda CX-9

It’s rare to find a lot of technology that comes standard inside of a vehicle. The Mazda CX-9 at Putnam Mazda is a popular third-row SUV because of the entertainment and safety technology. It can offer you a more exciting ride in Burlingame.

Entertainment technology includes MAZDA CONNECT, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen display. It will keep you connected to your contacts, your 12-speaker sound system, internet radio apps, and even navigation. Thanks to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you can also connect your smartphone to the system.
 

 

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An Abundance Of Tech Features: The New Mazda CX-3

When our friends and neighbors in Burlingame ask us to recommend a subcompact crossover with plenty of gadgets and tech features, we find it tough to point them in the direction of anything other than the new Mazda CX-3. With so much technology on board, it is no surprise that this vehicle is regularly ranked as one of the most popular in its class.

Here at Putnam Mazda, we have been very impressed by the Mazda CX-3's Active Driving Display functionality. This feature displays important information such as driving speed, navigation data, and safety alerts right in the driver…
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Important Mazda3 Sedan Safety Features Drivers Appreciate

Now that the new Mazda3 sedan is here on the lot at Putnam Mazda, we thought we would take a minute to help educate motorists as to why this vehicle is the popular compact car of the year.

In an effort to make certain a driver is not distracted behind the wheel, the Mazda3 comes with a Lane-Keeping System. Monitoring the exact position of the car on the road, if drifting from the lane lines occurs, vibrations are sent to the steering wheel to simulate driving over rumble strips so the driver knows they must take corrective action immediately.
 

 

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Discover the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and Its Performance Features


Driving a hardtop convertible can be fun, especially when that vehicle goes beyond those around it in the way that it performs. The MX-5 Miata RF is a popular Mazda hardtop convertible that will impress you with the performance features that it offers and the way that it handles on the road.

A light vehicle will travel over the road in a way that is different from the heavier vehicles around it. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is made with a lightweight frame that helps it as you drive it, that allows it to perform well as you take off…
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