Maintaining the Zoom-Zoom requires little more than a regular eye on important functions such as tire pressure, lights and engine coolant level. The following self-checks on your Mazda can be completed in just a few minutes.
- Tyre pressures
- Engine oil level
- Engine coolant level
- Brake fluid level
- Windscreen washer fluid
- Wiper blades
Checking Engine Oil
When checking the oil level, make sure your car’s on level ground. The engine should be warm, however, if you’ve just been driving, wait a few minutes.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. Reinsert fully and remove after three seconds to check the oil level.
- If it’s at the low end of the indicator, top-up your oil using the grade specified in your owner manual. To ensure engine longevity, Mazda recommends using Genuine Mazda Engine Oils available from Parkland Mazda Perth. Be careful not to overfill.
Note: Checking the engine oil on a Mazda3 Diesel, Mazda6 Diesel or CX-5 Diesel
- It is common for the oil level to increase above the “F” (full) mark. If the level approaches or exceeds the “X”, which is the highest mark on the dipstick, the oil will need to be replaced.
Mazda recommends using an authorised Mazda Service Centre to change your oil, as the M-MDS (Mazda Modular Diagnostic System) equipment must be used to reset the engine control system whenever the oil is replaced. Parkland Mazda Perth can assist you.
Checking Engine Coolant
First, check the coolant level in the plastic reservoir. It should be between the high and low marks
- Next, check the radiator. The engine must be cool before you remove the radiator cap. If it’s low, top-up with the same coolant recommended in your owner’s manual. Parkland Mazda Perth recommends avoiding mixing different types of coolant for maximum serviceable life of your vehicle.
If your Mazda is losing coolant, there may be a leak and you should contact Parkland Mazda Perth urgently.
Checking Brake Fluid
First, check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. It should be between the high and low marks
- If it’s low, top-up with the same brake fluid recommended in your owner’s manual.
If your Mazda is losing brake fluid, there may be a leak and you should see Parkland Mazda Perth urgently.
Checking Windscreen Washer Fluid
Fill the washer bottle with clean water, adding the recommended amount of windscreen washer additive
- Don’t use household detergents as they can damage paintwork and wiper blades.
Contact Parkland Mazda Perth about which type of washer additive is best for your car.
Checking Windscreen Wipers
After a long hot summer your wiper rubbers may be starting to perish so are worth checking for your safety. If they’re starting to perish, replace them with Genuine Mazda blades because we have found that other non-genuine varieties have caused windscreen damage. Parkland Mazda Perth can fit them for you.
Test headlights on low and high beam. Check your indicators, plus your reversing, parking, brake and number plate lights.
- The best way to check the rear stop, reverse and indicator lights is with the help of someone else or by looking back into a reflective surface, like a window.
If you find an inoperative light, see Parkland Mazda Perth immediately.