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How to Get Your Mazda Vehicle Ready for a Long Road Trip

Now that it’s June, the kids are done with school and vacations are being planned. Some families like to take several small trips by going to the beach or visiting family in nearby cities. However, other families like to have one big vacation. One example of a big vacation is taking a long road trip. Before you go on a road trip, you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared. In this post, we are going to teach you how to get your Mazda vehicle ready for a long road trip.

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How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Mazda?

Our vehicles come with many running parts and fluids that help keep it performing at top levels. To ensure that your vehicle keeps performing well, you need to get regular service appointments. One of these services includes oil changes. Today, we will be discussing how often you should be getting the oil changed in your Mazda vehicle. Read on to learn more.

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A gravestone reads, "RIP Key Fob." Two purple skulls hover on either side. On the far left, a man holds a presumably dead key fob in disgust, while on the far right a man grieves in sorrow for his lost fob.

How do I start my Mazda if my key fob dies?

Though we love the new conveniences brought along by key fob technology, we’ve got to admit: it can be a real bummer when the battery dies. At times like that, we often find ourselves yearning for the good old days, when keys didn’t need batteries; you just put them in a hole and turned.

Luckily, you’re not entirely out of luck if your Mazda key fob dies. True to form, the automaker has thought ahead and included a solution to this issue. So, what does one do if their Mazda key battery dies? Read the rest of this entry >>

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What does the Mazda exclamation light mean?

It’s clear that warning lights are important. When there’s a flashing red indicator on your dash, it can be hard (albeit tempting) to ignore that your Mazda is trying to tell you something. The challenging part, however, is determining exactly what it’s attempting to communicate.

One type of warning light that seem to be sending particularly pertinent messages are any that include an exclamation point.  There are several exclamation point warning lights on Mazda vehicles. What do they mean? Read the rest of this entry >>

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When should I change the oil in my 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Recommended Oil Change Intervals

We all know oil changes are important, but knowing exactly when to get one performed on your particular vehicle can be difficult. If you’ve got a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, you’re piloting an incredibly fun-to-drive machine filled with the latest in tech. But, like any car, it still needs to get its oil changed.

When should you change the oil in a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata?


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For residents of the USA and Puerto Rico:

When the wrench indicator light turns on, it’s time to replace the oil in your 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The maximum oil change interval should be every 12 months or 7,500 miles.

The manual transmission oil should be replaced every 2 years or 30,000 miles.

Rear differential oil should be replaced only if this component has been submerged in water.

The above figures apply as long as you are not operating your car with extended periods of idling/low-speed operation, or commonly driving in dusty conditions. If you are doing these things, then the engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year or within 7,500 miles since the last change. Whenever you replace the oil in this case, reset the oil change data in your 2019 MX-5 Miata regardless of what the interval light says.

For Residents of Canada:

Replace your engine oil and filter every 6 months or 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers); whichever comes first. Replace your manual transmission oil every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years. Rear differential oil should only be replaced if that component is submerged in water.

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Things to Note:

  • All of the times/distances on this page apply as “whichever comes first.”
  • If it’s time for an oil change in your Mazda vehicle, hit up an authorized Mazda dealer, such as us here at Fontana Mazda. We know your Mazda vehicle best, and how to service it just the way it needs.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!

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Why is your Mazda steering wheel shaking or vibrating?

Although it’s important to stay up to date with routine vehicle maintenance, sometimes your car must alert you to issues by some other means. For instance, you may notice your Mazda’s steering wheel is vibrating—perhaps when you’re braking or maybe when you’re accelerating. It can be hard to know for sure what’s causing the problem. That’s why we wanted to outline some of the possible reasons and solutions for a shaky Mazda steering wheel. Read the rest of this entry >>