Archive for July 24, 2015

How to Change the Oil in Your Car

How to Change the OilYou can always take your car to a mechanic to get an oil change, but knowing how to change the oil yourself is a useful skill. Keeping up with oil changes is an important part of keeping your car healthy and your engine going for as long as possible.

First, make sure you get the right type of oil for your car, which you can find in the owner’s manual. Don’t be cheap when it comes to the filter—the better ones aren’t much more expensive, and they do last much longer and will save you money in the long run.

When you go to change the oil, jack your car up, climb under, and put a pan under the drain plug to catch the oil. Next, use a wrench to unscrew the drain plug.

Once the oil has drained out, put the drain plug back in and tighten it, being careful to avoid stripping it. Then remove the oil filter and install the new one, and you’re done under the hood. Pour in your oil, screw on the filter cap, and voila!

Mazda MX-5 Wins the Red Dot Award

Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot AwardIn a world full of increasingly creative design, our own Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot Award of 2015 in Product Design, an award given to innovatively designed products across a wide variety of industries.

The Red Dot is the prize of the Product Design competition, the gala for which was held this year in Essen, Germany on June 29. The Red Dot Product design competition has existed since 1954, and it is highly prestigious to win a Red Dot, as this award is basically an internationally recognized quality stamp.

The Mazda MX-5 series is a favorite sports car, with its front-engine rear-wheel design giving it an attractive, athletic look and powerful engine at an affordable price point. The director of Mazda design, Kevin Rice, says that the MX-5 has always been about “creating smiles,” which he says contributed to the car’s Red Dot win.

The MX-5 is the fifth Mazda to win a Red Dot Award.