Questions tagged [mazda-3]

The Mazda3 or Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) is a compact car manufactured in Japan by Mazda. It was introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, replacing the Familia/323/Protegé. A performance-oriented version of the Mazda3 is marketed as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America, Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan and the Mazda3 MPS in Europe.

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How can you tell if the engine is not brand new?

My MazdaSpeed 3 engine blew up, so I bought a new one. When I saw my new engine, it was painted in gray color. My previous mechanic said it was brand new and he bought it from a company from eBay. ...
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Does putting an automatic car into neutral at stop lights significantly harm the transmission?

I drive a 2013 Mazda 3, in case that makes any difference to the answer. There seems to be a few discussions on the web which indicate that putting an automatic car into neutral does not ...
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Timing chain jumped. Probably bent a piston. Is my engine worth fixing?

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 2.3L with about 155k km on it. I was attempting to replace the AC pulley bearing, and had to manually turn the crank pulley to get the belt back on the AC pulley. After making ...
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Unsticking a stuck rear electric window

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 sedan which I bought about a year ago. Everything on the car was great, until the weather started to get hotter when the windows would sometimes take a moment to "unstick" if ...
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2005 Mazda 3 at warning light at cold start ups

I've noticed recently that my mazda 3 on cold starts would show the at warning light. When I start it, it normally flashes it for a few seconds then disappears. Then when I pull it out of the garage, ...
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2012 Mazda3 shifts gears but won't move

My car was shifting fine. All of a sudden I attempted to slow down for traffic, depressed the clutch to downshift and nothing happened. Coasted to side road. Attempted to depress the clutch and I put ...
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What could this water leak be under my car?

I noticed a coolant leak coming out under my Mazda 3 2007. It is right in the center next to what looks like an overflow outlet. I have noticed a hole which looks like this, and coolant comes from ...
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Multiple issues with AUX input (Mazda 3 2007)

I experience a bunch of problems with my 2007 Mazda 3's electrical system: The most annoying issue is that I hear [a rather loud] engine noise when I connect a phone to the AUX (3.5mm audio jack) ...
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What is the funny looking thing attached to my new mazda3 key fob?

I got my new 2016 mazda3 today from the dealer and tossed the second key fob right in my backpack without taking a look. Then I found there was this weird looking thing attached to it. It has "...
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Is this Mazda 3 motor mount broken?

I hear a metallic vibrating/grinding/chatter noise on the passenger side when I accelerate. I only hear it when the clutch is engaged and engine is under load. I hear it particularly strong when ...
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Burnt oil smell when revving engine

When accelerating hard and revving engine around 2000-4000 rpm I smell burnt oil smell from my A/C. The smell is similar when I open the oil filler cap or dipstick. Did hunt for oil leaks and solved ...
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Steering wheel/gas pedal vibrations after new tires and wheels

I'm familiar with SE but new to the Mechanics side of the site. Anyway, I bought new wheels and tires for my 2005 Mazda 3 S hatch back in June. I upgraded the then-current "MB" brand 16" aftermarket ...
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Mazda 3 (1.6 L 4EAT - BKL3 Z6) Vacuum Line for Sea Foam

I have heard a lot about Sea Foam and would like to try out in my mazda 3 2010. I am planning to put a can in the Gas Tank, half a can in the Crank Case and remaining half into the intake through ...
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How to prepare a car for one year of storage

This is basically the opposite question to Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time I'm planning to leave my 2014 Mazda 3 in undercover storage for a year, and was wondering what steps I ...
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Brake pedal traveling further than before

After replacing front brake pads on my 2010 Mazda 3, the brake pedal travels further than before, that is they are not as touchy. What could cause this?
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Fuel Type (octane) for Mazda Axela 2010

I bought an imported (from Japan) Mazda Axela 2010 (i-stop, 1990cc, sedan) and the dealer asked me to use 95 octane petrol. There are a lot of misconceptions about octane and I heard many dealers ...
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Mazda 3 wont start

I owe Mazda 3 4 door AT 2011 model Gasoline Engine, and I have got it second hand. The total Kilometers on the dash is around 20K. Last night I drove may car from my office to home which is around 4KM,...
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Mazda3 2013 Skyactiv-G 2.0, after 3 years using 5w40 is it Ok to lower the grade (thinner oil like 5w20 or 0w20) as recommended by manufacturer?

Context Mazda 3, US version, model 2013, Skyactiv 2.0 engine, gasoline, hatchback, manual transmission. I got the car from the US with 24,000 miles and 0w20 Penzoil full synthetic on it, according ...
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2013 Mazda 3 Loses Power

I have a 2013 Mazda 3 i Touring sedan 2.0L SkyActiv G 6-speed automatic, with about 40,000 miles on it. This has been happening for about two months maybe. But very intermittently, particularly when ...
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Why don’t my non-driver door locks unlock?

I have a 2005 Mazda 3 (SP 2.3) with roughly 133,000 miles on it. For a couple of years now, my non-driver door locks have not unlocked properly. The problem is when I use my keyless entry to unlock ...
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Mazda 3 passenger side control arm - move engine and transaxle slightly forward?

I'm replacing the control arms on my 2008 Mazda 3 GT Sport. On the right-hand side the AC compressor gets in the way of the forward bolt on the control arm. To make room for the bolt the service ...
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2005 Mazda 3 2.3L rough idle

My 2005 Mazda 3, 128,300 miles and manual transmission, has been running well for quite a while but a couple of weeks ago it started idling rough/low once warmed up and even stalled a few times when I ...
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Mazda 3 gear drops at high speeds

I have a 2013 Mazda 3 i Touring sedan, with about 39,500 miles on it. I've had no issues with it before. And I had a mechanic look it over about 6 months ago when I bought it. This just started last ...
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Scratched my rim and wheel on curb what should I do? Leased car

I'm 17 and I literally just got this car. I scratched it, as you can see in the picture below. No, I'm not a bad driver and this hopefully won't ever happen again. It was a mistake - my friend was ...
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MAZDA 3 2006 (UK) - poor acceleration then takes off at 3250 revs

I have a 2006 Petrol Mazda 3 1.6, with 74k on the clock. I have a problem where the car is really jumpy with poor acceleration when it is accelerating from 0 up to 3250 revs, it feels like it is ...
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2004 Mazda 3 runs out of gas while gauge still show fuel

My car first ran out of gas at a quarter tank of gas. A few weeks later it ran out at half a tank. Then it started dieing while driving down the road and now it won't start at all. It will turn over ...
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What fuel injectors I have to install? [duplicate]

Recently the fuel injectors of my Mazda 3 SP5 2006 2.3L stop working, they still works, but my mechanic said that are in bad conditions. Anyway, when I search the fuel injectors for my car, I found ...
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Is it possible to change the language of a 2009 Mazda Axela stereo and navigation system from Japanese to English?

I have a 2009 Mazda Axela which comes with a navigation and stereo system that is in Japanese. Is it possible to change the language to English?
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2008 Mazda 3 engine cooling fan won't work

The electric engine cooling fan won't come on in my Mazda 3. The first thing I did (a mistake, in retrospect) is replace the original fan. When the new fan didn't run, I ran through the electrical ...
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What is causing Mazda 3 overheating and cold heater?

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 s with 167,000 miles. The engine is overheating and the heater stops blowing warm air soon after starting the car. I replaced the thermostat to no avail. I took it to a radiator ...
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Evap System Leak, Repair and Clear Codes to Pass USA State Emission Inspection?

I'm aware of two related issues here Does Check Engine Light Clear Itself... I need the correct 2010 ... drive cycle steps to clear a “Permanent ” P0456 code I've just completed a particularly nasty ...
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Identifying neutral switch on 2008 mazdaspeed3 transmission

I am experiencing symptoms that have led me to track down and diagnose the neutral switch on my 2008 Mazdaspeed3 (6-speed MT/2.3L Turbocharged). These symptoms include: DTCs of P0507 and P0850 When ...
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Mazda 3 over-revs after releasing the clutch pedal on up-shifts, but mechanic says clutch is fine

I originally thought I wasn't getting the bite-point right on our new (2nd-hand 2005) Mazda 3, but after paying more attention it's clear that when up-shifting, the engine revs often blip up about ...
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Madza3 2008 can't remove headlight wiring harness

I have a 2008 Madza3 and I'm trying to replace a low-beam bulb (passenger side). However, I can't get the wiring clip off of the bulb prongs. I've tried pulling hard and wiggling it all directions ...
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AC turns itself off - 2004 Mazda 3

I have this odd issue where if my AC is on - usually on the face/feet setting and seemingly only if the fan is above 1, the AC will just turn itself off. EDIT: it usually will be on for a while, it ...
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2014 Mazda 3 Audio with Android phone through USB

For reference, I have this audio unit. I used to just plug in my iPhone and press the 'Media' button to get songs to play, but it doesn't seem to work with an Android phone. I just get a 'Check USB' ...
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How can I disable iStop in a 2009 Mazda 3?

I purchased my 2009 Mazda 3 new with a 2L petrol engine, manual transmission, and iStop. I would like to disable this iStop feature completely. Is there any DIY way to do this, or must I take it ...
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Electrical issues with Mazda3 '07

Recently I started experiencing some weird electrical issues with my car: FM stations settings get lost My remote key gets unpaired The engine often shuts down at intersections (when stopping) as if ...
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Mazda 3/Axela RVM light when OBD2 adapter connected

I have connected a OBD2 adapter (Bluetooth ELM327) to my 2010 Mazda Axela (1990cc) and I've noticed that when my phone is connected to the adapter, the Mazda RVM alert lights on the side mirrors come ...
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After ABS engages, brakes go soft for 10 minutes or so?

I have an 06 MAzda 3 .. problem: After ABS engages, brakes go soft, and travel much further (75%) to the floor before stopping.THey do function well just way to low to the floor. This was not always ...
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Does outside temperature sensor affect the HVAC system?

Car: 2010 Mazda 3 2.5L Manual My car's outside temperature display is way off. It is showing warmer than the actual temperature. For example: Today the real temperature was -9C and it showed +18C. ...
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2004 Mazda 3 stalls and bogs down on cold starts

So my 2004 Mazda 3 (JDM 1.5L model) stalls and hesitates during acceleration after a cold start. However, It runs perfectly after 7-10 minutes of idling. The only error code I have is for an upstream ...
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Mazda 3, temporary acidic vinegar/mayonnaise smell

Lately I have noticed, just after switching on the A/c, I smell some sort of a vinegar/mayonnaise mixed smell for about 5 mins, post which it disappears automatically.What could be the possible cause, ...
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Mazda 3 2011 1.6 Lts Gasoline - ECU

I was wondering if its possible for a Mazda 3 2011 AT car to function without ECU? The reason I am asking is When I start the engine, the CheckEngineLight doesnot come at all When I took my car for ...
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My tires are louder than normal

That is the simplest way I can describe the problem. I changed into my summer tires and after that after I get past 40 kph the car starts to get very loud. Between 60 and 100 is a little quieter but ...
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How do I know if my car battery needs replaced or just fully charged?

I've had my Mazda 3 2013 since 2016. This winter in Massachusetts it's died on an almost daily basis in the morning, and sometimes at night if it's particularly cold out. I mostly drive to school, ...
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How can I diagnose what's causing oil on spark plug threads?

I changed the spark plugs for the first time on my 2008 Mazda3, ~118k miles. Three of the four plugs had oil on the threads, on the top of the plug (where the wrench sits), and on the electrode. The ...
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Difficulty finding oil filter for 2012 Mazda 3

My GF's Mazda 3 S 2012 came with a filter that was Hastings LF113. The almighty interwebs couldn't tell me how that converts to other brands so I went into the book at AutoZone to find it by the make ...
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2006 Mazda 3 blown fuse 53 washer fluid pump, how to find short?

My washer fluid pump fuse 53 keeps blowing when I turn the ignition key. I bought a live wire checker and can operate it as per instructions. Can someone help point me in the right direction with ...
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Emissions Test / U0121 CEL Disimissed Itself

I own a 2005 Mazda 3 (SP 2.3 Manual) and I took the car to get the annual emissions test. During the OBD part of the test, my CEL came on, and the test listed a code of U0121. As far as I can tell ...