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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • eoghan1eoghan1 Posts: 57
    A while back it was possible to pull a Mazda 3 shop manual on line. I believe it was through the midwest car club.com. I bookmarked it and found it useful. Now it seems they have gone commercial and the manual is not available on line but one is offered for sale. Did I miss something? Did anyone down load it when it was free and have it available? BTW I am approaching 50k on my 2004 3S hatch 5spd without any problems. Mobil 1 every 5K and she keeps on humming.
  • Hey everyone, This is the first Mazda I have owned. Its an 2005 Mazda3i manual. I have always loved mazdas and wanted one so now i finally have one. But here the thing I'm in the Air Force and i want this car to last me. Right now it has 78,xxx miles on it.

    The only thing i can think of right now is when i turn the heat or A/C on the fan in the engine will "pulsate" go one for a few seconds then cut off then turn back on. Does anyone know why it does this? and what can i do to fix it or is it normal.

    Also whats the life span on these transmissions?

    If you could answer this that would be awesome and any other maintenance i should do before its to late. Thanks Alot!

    Jason
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    Can't help you on the fan problem except to suggest it might be a bad relay.
    The transaxle should easily last the life of the car if maintained properly and not abused. I'd change the oil in it every 50K at a minimum. As for other preventative maintenance, I'd change the coolant every three years and the brake fluid every two years. Run a good synthetic 5W-20 and you can get away with changing the engine oil every 7,500 miles.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Alright do they do that when they do an oil change or is that something different? Who do you think i should bring it to for a bad relay?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    Alright do they do that when they do an oil change or is that something different?

    No, you have to ask for those services separately.

    Who do you think i should bring it to for a bad relay?

    The relay is just a guess on my part. You need to find a shop that employs mechanics- not just some joker who throws parts at a problem. As for where to go, all I can suggest is checking out some of the regional boards on the Mazda forums; you should be able to find recommendations for good dealers or independent shops.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I'd change the coolant every three years and the brake fluid every two years.
    Curious, I thought the coolant was to be changed every two years.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Assuming it is the same as my Mazda, the maintenance schedule actually says 10 years or 120K mi for the first coolant change and 5 years/60K mi for subsequent changes.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Assuming it is the same as my Mazda, the maintenance schedule actually says 10 years or 120K mi for the first coolant change ...

    I checked the Edmunds Maintenance page for the 2010 Mazda3 and you're right! I was quoting the coolant replacement service for my 2002 Mazda Protege5. That is an amazing difference! On the other hand, I suspect that the coolant inspection results in changes more frequent than once in the first decade.

    p.s. Another important difference between the Mazda Protege and its successor, the Mazda3, is the replacement of the rubber timing belt by the timing chain; the longer lasting timing chain is a significant saving in maintenance for most drivers. Kudos to Mazda for making these types of improvements to the maintenance of their vehicles!
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    I have my 2009 Mazda 3 just over a year, and I experienced power steering failure while driving on the highway. The steering wheel gets tightened and you have to use some muscle to turn it, I got it off the road, turned off and restarted the engine and everything was fine, but that was dangerous.

    I took it to the dealer and it is power steering motor/pump failure. I read that this is a common problem and apparently there is a recall on it.
    My car is still under the warranty and the part is backordered. Due to safety issue, dealer gave me a rental car to drive until it is fixed.

    For all Mazda 3 owner, please watch out for the power steering warning light. If it comes on and your steering wheel tightens, don't panic. Use your muscle to pull it to the side of the road, restart it and see if it works. If it does, drive it to the dealer right away!!!
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    okay, I read some earlier posts....so now we know that the 2009 cars have the same problem as the 2008s. When I was in the shop, there was another car brought back for the same problem. Now that the 2009s are over a year old, I suspect that we will see more power steering issues....
  • katieloukatielou Posts: 1
    OMG! My power steering failed on me yesterday. I was turning into a parking lot and my car just stopped since I was already going slow. So frustrating. My AC is not working properly either and I already had to replace a window motor right off the lot, along with tires. All before 20,000 miles.
  • I have an 05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K and is overall in great running condition. My check engie light has come on and gone off a few times, but now it is on for good. We had new s. plugs installed, but that did not help with the light. The "symptoms" my car displays: sitting still it will idle very low from time to time, like it is going to shut off-it doesnt though. Also, it has misfired twice (1X that happened "AT" lit up beside my D on the dash - but then went off). Lastly, it will completely hesistate once I start to accelerate to the point it feels as if I am hitting the brakes and as fast as that begins, it catches and takes off fine. I have noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said after hooking it up, it seems to run rich in idle. Our personal mechanic said the check engine light gives 8 different issues/parts (codes) it could be??!! Anyone have any insight? We dont want to take it to Mazda....
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    05' Mazda 3. It has 109,000K ... misfired twice ... hesistate once I start to accelerate ... feels as if I am hitting the brakes ... noticed the hesitation from 0-1st gear and 2-3rd gear. Auto Zone said ... seems to run rich in idle.

    This may be related to your car's emissions control system, including your EGR valve. If it's dirty, the car will be "gasping" for air, consuming additional fuel and hesitating.
  • sonnyrockersonnyrocker Posts: 126
    the only problem I had was just the power steering. It is under warranty, they fixed it and gave me a rental car for 4 days. All is good.
  • zippy12zippy12 Posts: 2
    My check engine light was on. Sometimes my car died at a stop light. Sometimes it died on short trips. I took to my mechanic and it was the EGR valve that needed replacement and it had something to do with the emmisions also. So apparently this is a problem on our cars. It cost a bit-but since it was in for a 60k service they only charged for the part which if i remember was around $100-but I am not sure. Good luck-these cars are GREAT!!!! :P
  • I think that might be the problem in mine sometimes it will be great on gas sometimes its sucking it up and the hesitation is a thing my car keeps doing. where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    where can you go to get the EGR valve looked at?
    Mazda dealerships should be aware of this problem, but, also any good garage can check it out. I would tell the garage what you are experiencing; see what they suggest could be the cause. If they don't mention your emissions control systems, then you might want to suggest it to them. Or, you might want to check another garage.

    By the way, this may be a good time to mention that the fuel you use can affect the engine components, including the emissions systems. So, the bargain gasoline that is a few cents cheaper may not really be a bargain.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    By the way, this may be a good time to mention that the fuel you use can affect the engine components, including the emissions systems. So, the bargain gasoline that is a few cents cheaper may not really be a bargain.

    My 2007 MS3 was throwing the P0401(EGR flow insufficient) code on a regular basis. I switched from Kroger 93 fuel to BP 93 and after a few tanks the problem has not reappeared. I've always run BP, Chevron, or Shell in my BMWs as I know they can be temperamental with regards to fuel quality, but I am surprised that fuel quality would have any significant effect on the function of the EGR system. Live and learn...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I am surprised that fuel quality would have any significant effect on the function of the EGR system. Live and learn...

    "Cheap gasoline frequently contain more undesirable sulfur compounds and may increase combustion chamber carbon deposits. Such compounds contribute to higher exhaust emissions and catalytic converter problems ... The EGR valve re-circulates carbon dioxide from your vehicle's exhaust back through your engine. EGR valve symptoms are as of: experiencing reduced power, detonation (pinging), rough idle, or stalling and hesitation when accelerating."
    From partsource.ca
  • eineejeineej Posts: 2
    Hello:

    I am experiencing the same problem you have just described. Although I couldn't stand looking at the check engine light on all the time. I took it to Mazda and had them run a diagnostic test on the car, and yes paid the $129.95 they charge just to get the codes off the computer. The problem is caused by the EGR valve ,that is constantly failing . If you have also gotten the AT light to tun on ,it's because the TSS Sensor is getting caught up in the problem. Although the AT light turned on I ws told the transmission is fine, but advised not to run the car for long distance until I get the part fixed. Overall Mazda wants to charge $595 to fix both the EGR valve and the TSS sensor. However. I checked with Advanced auto and they have the valve for $60.00. I will definitely take the car in this week to get fixed ,but it won;t be to mazda. I read that not replacing the EGR valve will cause damage to your engine in the long run. Hope this helps.... :)
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