How to Keep Your Mazda Healthy…
As a car enthusiast, I always want to make sure that my car maintenance is up to date. In general Mazda‚Äôs are very reliable but, whether modified or stock, the life of your car depends on maintenance. Taking good care of your car today can help you avoid paying out more in the future on repairs. Here are the top tips I‚Äôve collected over the years and have applied to keep my Mazda in tip-top shape. Hopefully they‚Äôre as helpful to you as they‚Äôve been to me.
Gasoline ‚Äď Find What Works for You
To find out what octane your engine needs, first check your owner’s manual. The recommended level is often 87octane. Some models have high compression engines which are designed to utilize the octane levels of 89, 91 or higher. Ordinarily, your vehicle will not benefit from using a higher octane than is recommended in the owner’s manual. If your engine knocks or pings at the recommended octane level though, you may need a higher octane gasoline.
Knocking may occur under certain conditions. A small percentage of vehicles may knock because of variations in engines of the same model due to manufacturing tolerances, or because of an unusual build-up of engine deposits. Other factors such as extremely hot weather, changes in altitude or hard driving conditions may also cause knocking.
Are you planning on running alternative fuel for your modified car? More often than not gas alternatives for modified vehicles require tuning. Every owner/tuner has its preference but keep the following in mind when choosing between E85 or race gas:
¬∑ ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†E85 will generate significantly more power than your typical recommended octane gas, given the same amount of fuel. The burn rate with E85 is faster than standard 87 to 95 octane, plus you get lower temperatures and more power. The downside is that you will get worse fuel economy, and your Fuel Pump will need more regular cleaning.
¬∑ ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The best thing about any race fuel is its consistency. You can count on the performance of the fuel and then tune accordingly. It makes things like elevation changes, ambient temps, etc, easier to incorporate into different maps.
Oil ‚Äď Change it Religiously
Change the oil in your Mazda every 3,000 – 5,000 miles depending on the type of (regular, synthetic) oil you use. If most of your miles come from highway driving (driving at a set speed for long intervals of time), you may be able to change the oil every 5,000 miles, but if you do most of you‚Äôre driving in a city or suburban area, check your oil every 2,500 miles just to be safe. If the oil appears completely black, this is a sign that you need to have your oil changed.
If you change the oil yourself, remember to change the oil filter as well. If you take the car to a mechanic to have the oil changed, he should change the filter when he changes the oil. I always recommend the OEM oil Filter and Full Synthetic oil of your preference.
Tire Maintenance ‚Äď Keep ‚Äėem Rotated
Rotate your tires every 10,000 miles to prevent uneven wear (this means the back tires should be moved to the front wheels and vice versa). Also keep a very close eye on your tire pressure. Mazdas use tires with a very soft tread, which means your car grips the road better, but its tires are more prone to leaks and breakage.
¬†Look in your manual to see what the tire pressure of your front and back tires should be, and check all four tires’ pressure once a month to make sure no leaks have appeared.
Air Filter ‚Äď It May be Cleaner than You Think
Mechanics will often try to convince you to change your air filter every time you change your oil. However, you shouldn’t have to change your air filter more than once every 20,000 miles unless it‚Äôs excessively dirty.
To learn about high performance air filter‚Äôs go to:
¬∑ ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Best Power Mod for a Mazda -¬† http://www.corksport.com/blog/the-best-power-mod-for-a-mazda/
¬∑ ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†High Flow Panel Filter -¬† http://www.corksport.com/blog/product-release-corksport-high-flow-panel-filter/
Transmission Fluid ‚Äď Keep an Eye Out
To protect your transmission and keep your car running for as long as possible, have the transmission fluid checked every 40,000 miles. In general, you don’t need to replace it until you hit 100,000 miles, but if you don’t check it and the fluid does burn out, it can ruin your transmission, a job that can cost more than $1,500 to repair on a Mazda.
To learn about a related transmission topic go to Transmission Inserts at: http://www.corksport.com/blog/the-best-power-mod-for-a-mazda/
Battery ‚Äď Inspect it When the Time is Right
As long as you are careful not to leave the light or any other battery-operated extras such as the stereo turned on when your engine is not running, your Mazda’s battery should last approximately three to four years. When approaching the five- to six-year mark, be sure to have it inspected. It is better to be prepared than to have your battery die unexpectedly when you need to be somewhere.
To learn about the ECU Relocation Battery Box, go to: http://www.corksport.com/blog/increase-room-in-your-engine-bay-with-a-new-battery-box/
As a longtime Mazda enthusiast, I‚Äôve seen the company evolve in many innovative ways. Most recently, Mazda has focused their attention on improving the current Skyactive Technology lineup, including the SKY-G 2.0-liter gas and SKY-D 2.2-liter diesel engines.
This technology is great for those looking for good fuel economy and better engine output. But what about the enthusiast who, instead of seeking MPG, is drawn to a fun, high performance vehicle they can enjoy driving 24/7?
Here‚Äôs what I‚Äôm thinking.
Sure, the 2.3 MZR engine had its ups and downs and can be improved by the enthusiasts who own them. But, I imagine something beyond what we have now. Consider this. What if the next lineup of Mazdaspeed 3‚Äôs had a 2.5L MZR engine with an upgraded turbo and a High Performance Fuel Pump (HPFP) to help with the volume and pressure to produce an ideal 320 HP beast that will scare your competition away?
But let‚Äôs not stop there. Let‚Äôs address the torque steer under acceleration with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. An AWD Mazdaspeed3 was shelved years ago; the automaker said the high price point wouldn‚Äôt be saleable and the hatchback style wouldn‚Äôt be attractive to consumers. But now, hatchbacks are growing in popularity and perfectly positioned to rival any competitor. This creates a great opportunity for Mazda to introduce this next generation vehicle. With that in mind, I ask that today we raise our fists in solidarity for this type of Mazdaspeed innovation.
Mazda. “It Just Feels Right‚ÄĚ
Jose Rivera – Mazda Community Blog