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Mazda6 Maintenance and Repair

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  • kat82kat82 Posts: 1
    I purchased a new 2010 Mazda 6 in May of 2010. In August of 2010 I went out to start the car and it wouldn't start. I had the car towed to the Mazda dealership where I purchased it. They could not find anything wrong with it. A few days later the same thing happened, this time the tow truck driver tried to start it before taking it in and it wouldn't start for him either. The dealership thought it might have something to do with the fuel pump, so they replaced it. About a month later it would not start again, had it towed. This time the dealership said it started fine for them, but they would keep it for a few days to see if it did it again, and actually let me have a rental car. Again they said they couldn't find anything wrong with it. That was in October of 2010. I had no problems with it again until June of 2011 when it started doing the same thing again. I was on vacation in another state and was stranded. I thought that maybe shaking the car would get it to start, seeing how it always started after being towed. Amazingly it worked! Had to do this 3 times before I was able to take it back to the dealership. Again they found nothing wrong. Finally it happened when my son-in-law was going to drive it. The shaking thing didn't work, but he unhooked the battery cable, waited a couple of minutes and hooked it back up and it started. Back at the dealership I told them about this and they said they thought it was a loose ignition wire. I picked the car up, drove it to the store, came out and it wouldn't start. Called the dealership and they said they had done everything they could and they would contact Mazda. That was in the fall of 2011. The car was fine over the winter. Now in the past 3 days it has done it 4 times. Each time I have to unhook the battery cable, wait a few minutes then hook it back up. I think it is really odd that this problem only occurs when the temperature outside is above 80. I never heard anything back from the dealership, but I will be seeing them on Monday. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • microrepairmicrorepair Posts: 505
    My 2009 Mazda6i blower motor has a MSRP of $133.16. Can be bought online for $98.00.... So what year is yours?
  • microrepairmicrorepair Posts: 505
    I failed to mention that the Bluetooth module was replaced on my Mazda6 about 6 months after I bought the car in 11/2008.

    As a follow up to the different phone brands, I now have an HTC phone and the reception is even better than with the Nokia I had last November. It is almost like talking to someone just 5 feet away....! Clear as can be..!

    :) :)
  • ncmazda6ncmazda6 Posts: 8
    I have a 2009 mazda6 and I keep having trouble with the headlights keep blowing out.....has anyone else had any trouble with their headlights
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Is it possible that water is getting in the headlight housing ?

    If water or moisture gets in the housing, it would cause this.

    Also, with the car running, what is the measured voltage at the battery? If it is much higher than 14 volts, you might have a problem with the voltage regulator and or alternator.
  • ncmazda6ncmazda6 Posts: 8
    thanks man I'll check into that
  • tammiertammier Posts: 1
    edited June 2012
    I left town for 5 day and when I returned my battery was dead. after replacing the battery the alarm continued to go off. I spoke to gresham mazda and they advised me to change the batteried in the remotes and so i did....the service man didn't know that if yiu put the key in the door to reset it, the alarm goes off. duh!! SO after finally getting the alarm to turn off now the car still wont start. had a neighborhood mechanic look at it and advised me to replace the main fuse....SO I ordered a fuse, which was not available...had to order this part that took 3 days to arrive. replaced the main fuse and the car STILL won't start...ANYONE ever had this problem? I will say this is the 2nd time my battery has died in the past 6 months. I guess the Mazda dealer wants me to beleive this is normal when its sitting for 5 day. REALLY???!!!
  • jkobty2jkobty2 Posts: 210
    I rotated my tires on my 2009 Mazda6. I noticed that the rims are not supported by any protruding part of the axle as in most cars. They basically fit flat on the axle with nothing to support them but the nuts and the screws coming out of the hub. Is this enough, or did I miss something when I was putting them back on.
  • I'll touch on all important aspects.
    1) Rustproofing: Electronic - complete waste of time, spray it with something, inspected yearly
    2) Change PCV Valve yourself or insist on it being changed because Mazda will never do it as it is not on their service schedule Ok after first 3-4 years, then do it every 2 years. I have 2 PCV in line
    3) Auto Tranny Fluid is not lifetime, change it every 35,000 miles or sooner. An extra external tranny cooler is advisable. If Mazda says no, go to tranny shop!
    4) Clean your MAF sensor and throttle body every 2-3 years
    5) change brake fluid and power steering fluid every 3-4 years
    6) change spark plugs 65,000 miles clean EGR valve
    7) change ignition coils 100,000 miles
    8) intake accordian tube before throttle body does leak after a while giving you problems
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  • 2009, it's time for a new battery.
    Mazda does have a small discharge as you'll notice something flashing on your dash. 5 days is a long time without starting. Your battery should also be wrapped in insulation to keep the heat off and keep the cold off. I also installed a small 120 ma solar panel on mine (mounted to visor). Between the 2 it has been working great. I also suggest adding extra ground wires from the negative terminal of the battery to the following: engine block, car body, tranny (if automatic), throttle body. Mazda original wires are minimal.
  • I have a 2009 Mazda 6I Grand Touring edition and I am experiencing issues with the auxiliary input. When I select AUX, it tries to switch over but almost immediately goes to FM instead. I have my tablet connected and consistently use it to play music. (I don't really use the BT connection because it drops at times without warning and will take a minute or two to reconnect whereas the AUX connection is far more stable.) It used to happen very sporadically and when I called customer service I was told to restart the car but was never given an explanation why this was happening. Restarting the car does fix the problem but its happening with greater frequency and its an inconvenience if I'm already on the expressway when I notice the problem. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening and how I can fix it? I'm over 93k miles so its not covered under the warranty.
  • jmaxejmaxe Posts: 197
    Took a test drive of the Grand Touring this weekend. First time in a Mazda as I'm basically an Accord guy. The salesman mentioned that there is "no scheduled service" required. I believe he was referring to the 30,60,90k schedule of most mfgrs.
    How can that be?
  • I've driven two models of the 2014 Mazda 6 along with others in this segment.
    While asking a woman at my office about her Nissan Altima 2.5 I mentioned the 2014 Mazda 6. She laughed and told me of her Husband’s Mazda that started rusting out a few years after they bought it. Now it has holes all over it.
    I research Mazda's rusting on the web and it is wide spread across the model line and not just the old Protege's either. Read the reviews and find hundreds of owners who say Mazda did not fix the rust issues and they will never buy another one.
    Mazda forums say to have your car rust proofed every year if you live in the salt belt.
    Damn shame about the 2014 Mazda 6 as I would buy this car on every other merit.
  • Well the 626 was over 10 years old and has 200,000 miles on it. Yes thay issues with the Mazda 3's but have long since addressed corrosion issues.
  • I' have researched this quite a bit and you are correct there are no lomger rust issues with later models. Being a former GM guy and living in the great white north (salt belt) this is a genuine concern.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    edited March 2013
    Maybe $80 -$90 for the pair. Keep in mind though that the tint is applied to the inside of the windows, so anything that can scratch that surface, like a dog's paws, or a seat belt snapping against it, etc, or anything you load in the back that might touch the film--that'll all damage the tint.
  • Greetings. Time to replace Michelin original tires at 39K, they are shot. Looking for recommendations as I have to buy tires like now.... I have basic service done at local Firestone no Mazda dealer in town. They are recommending Firestone Firehawk P215/55R17 (50K mileage) or Bridgestone Ecopia (65K mileage), price is $789+ for Firestones, $817+ for Bridgestone before any coupon or discount. I'm on the road quite a bit, especially in fall months, living in Middle Tennessee, not much snow or ice. Car is in great shape, keeping it for at least 3 more years. Would appreciate any thoughts or recommendations very much! Thanks. JazzerMP
  • You might try checking out Yokohama tires as replacements. I've used them in the past and just purchased two for my Mazda5. They are somewhat cheaper than Michelin and my experience has been that they are as good as Michelin in performance and mileage.
  • Thanks very much. I bought a set of the Bridgestone Ecopia (probably spelling that wrong) yesterday - several long trips coming up. We'll see how they do.....
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