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What Does Your Alternator Do?


Understanding your vehicle's electrical system may seem like a daunting goal, but it is necessary to stay on top of your vehicle's required maintenance. The electrical system is important for the general function of your vehicle, as well as, the comfort that you experience driving. One of the key components to keeping all things electrical running in your vehicle is the alternator.

The alternator is basically a generator. Once your vehicle is running, the alternator provides the electricity that powers the electronics and also recharges the battery.
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What Spare Tire Do You Want


Some people buy any tire for a spare. These are emergency tires that are not made for long-term use. However, you can purchase high-quality spare tires that are full-size spares that last longer and provide equal performance for your original tires. Manufacturers do not typically include full-size tires as spares.

Compact, donut tires are typically included and placed in the trunk of your car. These are lightweight solutions that usually only last up to 50 miles. If you have placed a spare on your car, then you know these tires only work to get you to a service center where…
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Move Over Laws Exist to Help Keep Emergency Personnel and Fellow Motorists Safe

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Move Over laws are implemented in all 50 states in hopes of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on our highways every year. They are not particularly well-known, so we at Putnam Mazda want to remind you that they are there and that they are laws and are not just suggestions.

Be sure to reduce speed and switch to the left lane when passing a stopped vehicle on the highway. If you can't do that safely, be sure to slow down. You should reduce your speed to at least 15 miles per hour below the posted…

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When to Change Your Oil

Depending on your driving style and what kind of vehicle you drive, you may not have to change your oil as often as you might think. It used to be the norm to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles but these days you can probably get away with changing your oil every 7,500 miles instead thanks to more sophisticated engines and oil formulas.

If you're not sure how often to get your oil changed you can check your owner's manual or come see us here at Putnam Mazda so we can help you out.

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1st-Rate Used Cars for Sale at Putnam Mazda


There is a stigma when it comes to used cars, but that's a wrong view. Used cars are precious cars that can perform the task that is needed. Our used cars are of the highest value, and they can get you where you need to go and do what they are intended to do.

The great things about used cars are the fact they cost less, making them much more economical, especially for that teen or that mother who is going back to work. Used cars are very reliable and can get you back into the groove or introduce…
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Check Off Everything on This List Before That Holiday Road Trip


You have been planning the road trip details for months, and you are so excited about driving across the state in your new car. Well, our team at Putnam Mazda had to make sure you do not forget anything and came up with a road trip checklist just for you.

Get your car inspected before you go anywhere. You want to make sure you will not get stuck in the middle of wherever with help…
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Dashboard Warning Lights That Can Save Battery Power

Most car owners have had an experience where they return to their previously functioning vehicle to find that the battery has been drained and no longer supports the engine. This often occurs because some small function of the car has been left on to drain the battery of its power. 

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Headlight Brightness is a Must

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Headlights are an integral component of all vehicles, at least those that wish to remain legal to operate on public roadways within the United States. If you don’t have bright headlights, it takes longer to see your surroundings when on roadways, especially at high speeds...

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