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Mazda6 Maintenance and Repair

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  • I have a 04 Mazda 6i and the brake fluid is green also. This must be normal.
  • I've noticed on my 04 6i that the paint on the drivers side door below the rubber trim has a rough finish. When I bought the 6 it was a DEMO and the dealer told me that the car had no body damage. I have also noticed that the rear bumper paint is cracking. Has anyone else noticed this?
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    I have an 04' 6s with 15k mi., and had a brake clunking issue when first starting out in the AM. Went to my dealer, and they installed updated brake hardware, as per TSB for brake moan, No charge and problem solved. :)
  • karm78karm78 Posts: 1
    I recently had the front lower arm bushings changed on my '03 Mazda6 (by the dealer). Got the car back, and found the vehicle shaking quite a lot when hitting 100 or 120 km/h (also got the steering yolk lubed). Took the car back to the dealer for a check up,i was told that the bushings are fine, just need to have the wheels balanced. Got the balancing done, the car rides much smoother now. I have found two differences, after the replacement of the bushings-:

    1) The car feels more lighter
    2) There is a constant noise coming from the front when i hit 60 km/h or above. not to loud, but its there.

    This is annoying the crap outta me. Please help.
  • I have a 2003 Mazda 6 with MT and 36,000 mi. There is a whine noise that is driving me crazy. It started out just in 1st gear, but now exists in all gears. It seems related to the transmission because if I press down on the clutch pedal the noise goes away. Took it to the dealer who said there was not a warranty issue and told me in effect to live with it. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Not a warranty issue?!! How is a progressively-worsening whining sound from the transmission not an issue?

    It would only be a non-warranty issue if other vehicles of the same year and model also have the same behavior, and there is no recall notice.

    I had a whining noise coming from the rear differential on my MS6, and under warranty, I had a new differential dropped in. The whining noise is now gone. Your dealer shouldn't be giving you the runaround. Ask for the service manager, explain your issue and that you would like the Mazda regional tech/rep to take a look at the car to make sure. If you still get some BS answer, ask for the number to Mazda corporate so you can escalate the issue.
  • rblazekrblazek Posts: 1
    Have the same noise found that Mazda issued a Service Bulletin # 04-005/06 which changes the brake fluid due to deterioration . Will be covered under warranty
  • Hi there

    I always try to keep up with the maintanance required by Mazda. However, upon checking with manual service book, I didn't see any transmission fluid flush / exchange required in the book. By any chance, does any of you know when this transmission fluid is due to be replaced? I have checked with a few authorized Mazda dealers in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, but everyone tells me different story as each dealer seems to have a different idea on when I am supposed to my transmission fluid flush/exchange. FYI, I currently own an automatic 2003 Mazda 6 2.3L with around 35k miles. Thanks and any advice / experience you can share will truly appreciated!
  • I always try to keep up with the maintanance required by Mazda. However, upon checking with manual service book, I didn't see any transmission fluid flush / exchange required in the book. By any chance, does any of you know when this transmission fluid is due to be replaced? I have checked with a few authorized Mazda dealers in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, but everyone tells me different story as each dealer seems to have a different idea on when I am supposed to my transmission fluid flush/exchange. FYI, I currently own an automatic 2003 Mazda 6 2.3L with around 35k miles. Thanks and any advice / experience you can share will truly appreciated!
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    Drain - Refill every other oil change, and you'll be fine.
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Drain - Refill every other oil change, and you'll be fine.

    :confuse:

    You're kidding, right?
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    For some people that worked, and for others like myself they had to replace the master cyl. and booster. That solved my issue with the brakes. :)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Don't they have synthetic trans fluid in the 6 that is good for "the life of the vehicle"? I would guess life of the vehicle would mean 100,000-150,000 mi????

    Synthetic fluid would be very expensive to change every 10,000 miles. Even conventional trans fluid only needs changing about every 30,000 miles.

    If it is synthetic fluid, I don't think I'd consider changing until at least 80,000 miles. That seems to be about the earliest recomendation I have read from folks who seem to know what they are talking about with regard to synthetic trans fluid.

    My wife's Jetta has synthetic fluid and I figure in another 6-8 years when the mileage gets to 80,000 there will maybe be better information on what is advisable. I figure I'll check into it then and decide whether to change or keep going with the original fluid.
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    No, I'm not kidding. I have the Jatco and that combined with a good trans. cooler will keep it going for a long time in the FL heat. :shades:
  • My Mazda 6 Grand Sport is only a few weeks old and somehow, I havent any idea what happened, but while on the freeway yesterday I noticed what I thought were drops of water on my hood, maybe 6 or 7 of them, when they didn't eventually evaporate I knew it wasn't water. So when I inspected them they are drops of sap or something similiar. They are very sticky and smell like sap. I have yet to wash the car for the first time as I wanted to treat the finish first. Any ideas on how I might be able to remove these sap drops without damaging the finish? They are soft yet definitely stuck to the hood.
    Any help appreciated!
    Doug
  • radocharadocha Posts: 26
    Try something listed in the link below...that is also my project for this weekend.
    http://www.bmwworld.com/repairs/detailing/tree_sap.htm

    Auto trans fluid replacement interval will vary with climate and driving (city/hwy/tow)...with the orig fluid, I would assume avg is 60k with 30k for cautious.
    10k is for extreme, which I consider:
    - living within 15 degrees from equator and blasting away from sand storms
    - couldn't afford F150
    - race...but why buy auto?
    - rolling back odo by driving in reverse
    - unemployment rate just jumped to 20% in my city
    - talking to your car before you go to bad each night...can't blame anyone for loving the car
    ...take the 10k with a smile
  • pizza2pizza2 Posts: 2
    I have a basic Mazda6 that I just got in April 2006. For at least the last two months, I have been experiencing the surging/power loss problems that are currently the result of a recall on the MazdaSpeed6. It's now at the dealer for the second time and they can't duplicate the problem. When this happens, my dashboard lights flash on and off. Has anyone else experienced this problem with the Mazda6? If so, was it fixed and what was done to fix it? Thanks!
  • Radocha,

    Thank you for the link. That was exactly what I was looking for. :-)

    Not to push my luck here with a couple more questions for anyone that has some suggestions but:

    1. I have yet to wash the car for the first time, I read somewhere on here about a product I can buy (called ShineGleen or something like that) that should be applied before the car is washed. This supposedely protects the original finish and helps prevent "swirls" in the paint from repeated washes.
    2. Any recommendations on what products work best to protect all the interior leather surfaces?
    3. I want to remove or protect the factory Mazda floor mats, any suggestions? Is there a reputable online etailer that sells aftermarket mazda mats?
    4. MECHANICAL QUESTION: (Im asking this question here because I think the answer is obvious but I just want to make sure before I go to the dealer which is quite a distance from me) - My Mazda 6 does NOT have the Auto Climate control. When I move the temperature dial clockwise from the blue (cold) towards the red (warmer), the dial won't turn past about the halfway point (12:00 position). It turns counterclockwise all the way back into the blue but stops turning into the red.
    the air does get warmer but never gets hot. I'm assuming this is not normal?

    I tried to search for some of these ansswers but I am "on the road" and only have dial-up access and it takes foreverr for pages to dislplay. So I appologize if these are answered already on here.
    Once again, thank you for the help.

    Doug
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Mazda recommends a transmission fluid change at 30K.

    There's nothing in my owner's manual ('04 6s) about a transmission fluid change either, so I sent Mazda an email and asked.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    I've started to hear a groaning sound when I apply the brakes when they are warm, and the pedal feels a little mushy. Also heard a clunking sound once or twice. Guess I'll have to visit the dealer like several of you have.

    No other problems to report in my '04 6s after 18,500 miles. It's been a good car. I am getting a little tired of the large turning radius, though, especially when my wife's Pilot is much more nimble.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    I replied to the post you had on the problems board.

    Mazda recommends the transmission fluid be changed at 30K. That was in response to an email I sent.
  • pamablapamabla Posts: 2
    :lemon: Just purchased a 2006 Mazda6 S Grand Touring model on July 31, 2006. I bought the car for the styling, the Mazda name and for the awesome Bose system. Unfortunately, I had to take it back the next day due to severe pulling to the right. In the past month, I have had to take it back 4 times for alignments, forced road alignments, the possibility of it being the calipers (sp?)or a defect in the Pirelli tires. This past week the Mazda Service Dept. has had my car for the whole week. :mad: They still do not know what is wrong with it. :confuse: I have had to contact an attorney advising me of the Maryland Lemon Laws. Has anyone else experienced this?
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  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    Search this discussion for "subframe", there were some posts about others having to get the front subframe re-aligned and the mounting bolts re-torqued because of pulling problems if I remember correctly.
  • des5des5 Posts: 88
    Mine does this as well. The dealer gave me a similar explanation. I chalk it up to a crappy Ford engine.
  • zzzoom6zzzoom6 Posts: 425
    fyi...i think you're talking about the i4: it's a mazda engine, not a ford. the v-6 is more of a ford engine developed by cosworth and porsche. not that this helps your issue; hope you find a resolution to that. try to look at mazda6tech or mazda6club for more answers.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    for the labor day weekend, I took out both the front panels and sprayed on the rubberised undercoat to the insides of both the panels. What a difference in audio (even when standing still) and road noise.

    I first applied the Dupli-color "Protective Paintable Rubberized Undercoating", followed by a thin layer of "Professional Undercoat with Sound Eliminator-Quick Dry". The reason I did that is that the second product dries very quickly and forms a thin rubber coating, whereas the first coat is pretty darn heavy (adds mass) but is slow to dry.
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  • It's been a while since I've been on the boards but I was compelled to post after seeing your post. A while back (maybe 50 pages or so), I too reported this same problem. I took it to the dealer twice. They could not duplicate the problem, so of course, there was no solution. Some think it could have to do with a software upgrade, others think it could be the fuel injector. Mention both to the dealer. You should go back and search the discussion of this issue. But the problem you described is exactly what happened to me. Dashboard flickering, car surging, and unable to accelerate. Very dangerous and scary. If the dealer can not diagnose the problem, look into your state's lemon law. My problem happened once more and never happened again. I have an '04 Mazda6 and this problem happened within my first 3 months of ownership and sparing occurrences of the problem continued for about a year. None since (thankfully). Let me know though if your dealer finds a solution for this problem, as I would like to know what is happening. There are a few reports of these occurrences in a few cars.

    Good luck! :lemon:

    UPDATE: Refer to message #1628 and track the following discussions.
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