Monthly Archives: February 2016


How to Change a Tire

We might have all been taught how to change a tire in driver’s education, or by our mom or dad, but that was a while ago, wasn’t it?  So here’s a refresher course:

  1. Use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts – Just loosen them, don’t take them off yet. You can try standing on the wrench arm if the lug nut is very tight.


  1. Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground – Make sure you consult the owner’s manual so you know where to place the jack. Jack it up until the car is about 6 inches off the ground.


  1. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car – Pull the tire straight towards you.


  1. Place the replacement on the car & put on the lug nuts – Line up the holes and push the spare all the way into the wheel base, then insert the lug nuts into the holes loosely.


  1. Lower the car back to the ground – Use the jack to lower it back down, then remove it from underneath the car.


  1. Tighten the lug nuts – Do this one at a time until they can’t be turned anymore.


This is a quick-fix guide for if you get a flat, but if you’re changing seasonal tires, or just changing one, it’s best to bring it to your dealership so ensure you’ll be driving safely once the tires are replaced!

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Seen at the Tokyo Auto Salon: Mazda’s New Concept Vehicles

This is the time of the year when many concept vehicles are displayed at various auto shows. Mazda is no exception to that rule, as the Tokyo Auto Salon was the place chosen for showing off Mazda’s new concept vehicles.

Mazda has five concept cars, all of which are modified versions of existing Mazda vehicles. Three of the concepts are based on the Mazda CX-3, the Mazda6 (or Atenza) and the Mazda2. The other two concepts are based on the Mazda MX-5, which is called the Roadster in Japan.

Standing out of the concept car lineup up is the first MX-5, which is the RS Racing Concept. This car is glossy black with a red-accented front aero splitter, side skirts, and a new dual exhaust.

Similar to the RS Racing Concept are the CX-3 and Mazda6 concepts. These also have a red-and-black color scheme, bumpers, spoilers, and color-trimmed wheels.

The other MX-5 is dubbed the NR-A Racing Spec. It comes with a tow hook, roll cage, and racing bucket seats. This vehicle is ready for racing with white, silver, red and black designs.

The fifth concept car is a rally-tailored Mazda2. This vehicle has a stripped cabin, tally wheels, and a roll cage.

We at El Dorado Mazda love to see the new concepts and ideas that Mazda has. If you want to see the current Mazda vehicles on the market, stop by El Dorado Mazda.