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  1. Can't find a solid answer on ATF substitutes?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Hello, My 2016 Mazda 3 2.0 just hit the 60,000 mile mark. I would like to have a transmission drain and fill/filter change performed now for the first time, and then About every 30,000 miles after this. That seems to be what most people recommend as far as preventative maintenance. I've...
  2. Is my transmission overfilled?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I just did an ATF drain and fill on my 2016 Mazda 3 with the 2.0L + automatic. After letting it drain, I put back in roughly 3.5 quarts. After a 20 minute drive and the fluid at operating temp, I quickly checked the dipstick and it seems to be about 1/8" over the "hot" fill line. Will I be...
  3. How to change ATF Fluid? Video

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv How-To Guides
    Not my video but I thought I'd share what I used as guide. https://youtu.be/5p6t3cH6hW0
  4. PSA: Change your ATF

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Let this be your lesson of changing your ATF, it's NOT sealed for life. The oil came out black and smelled burnt after just 55k miles Original included for reference Ps: CX5 uses the same transmission so this will also work on the 3 and 6 https://youtu.be/5p6t3cH6hW0
  5. ATF filter change did you drop the pan?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I'm thinking of servicing my 2014 but I absolutely hate having to drop the pan to just change the filter. It seems to have a paper "oil strainer" aka rock catcher and I'm not sure whether to bother changing. Also RTV silicone having to cure for 24 hours and to replace all 16 bolts which Mazda...
  6. Where does everyone buy their ATF FZ?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    I look online and people seem to be selling it $20 a liter Looking for recommendations as my ATF change is due soon
  7. ATF filter change? What type of gasket?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Has anyone performed ATF fluid change and filter? I'm thinking of dropping the pan but I'm not sure if the gasket can be purchased or it has to be made with RTV of what kind.
  8. How to drain and fill transmission fluid and change transmission strainer on Mazda 3

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv How-To Guides
    This tutorial applies to 2014, 2015, and 2016 Mazda 3 with automatic transmission. I am not sure if Mazda tweaked the transmission design for 2017 onward, but process should be very similar. Tools needed: - Phillips head screwdriver (to remove the splash guard under the car) - Flat head...
  9. General ATF fluid skyactiv

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hello, a friend of mine came over to change the oil in his Mazda 3S Grand Touring and instead of draining engine oil I pulled the tranny drain plug, with no other resources available I found myself at advanced auto buying carquest ATF fluid (red in color). Do you guys think it will be fine for...
  10. When did you drain/flush your sealed for life ATF?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Has anyone done it yet? I am planning to do mine around 80k km. Did everything go well? What color was it?
  11. Automatic Transmission reliability

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I noticed a while ago but I am curious, how reliable is automatic transmission with sealed for life fluid? :whistling 1: I heard that if changed it will slip and not change gears :001_unsure:
  12. Aftermarket ATF fluid for a 2010 2.5 auto?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance
    Hi, My 2010 Mazda 3 2.5 S needs to have the transmission fluid change (50k). I understand that the transmission needs a ATF M-V type fluid? The OEM fluid from the dealer would cost $14 a quart. What do you folks use aside from the Mazda ATF? I want to use synthetic fluid for the...
  13. Using the cooler line to drain and fill or..?

    2004-2009 Mazda3 Discussion
    My 2009 Mazda 3s is coming up on 30k miles and I was just wondering what would be the best option for replacing the auto transmission fluid? Being that I drive in manual mode 99.5% of the time and the liquid that I've been testing from the dipstick is light/moderate brown, should I just drain...
  14. Review (ongoing) Red Line D4 Full Synthetic ATF

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance
    This thread will be an ongoing review of the Red Line D4 Full Synthetic ATF. Here’s some information pulled from Red Line’s website. Red Line D4 can be used "where Dexron III®, Dexron II®, Mercon® and Mercon V® fluids are recommended, provides a GL-4 level of gear protection. Popular...
  15. ATF Fluid and checking

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv How-To Guides
    Here's a how to i found from Mazda how to check the fluid. I assume it was meant for the techs. It also lists part number for the fluid as well.
  16. RedLine D4 ATF vs. Amsoil Syn ATF

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance
    any of yall using with RedLine or amsoil right now? I'm planning to do a drain and fill. is it ok if i mix it with the OEM fluid?
  17. Revised M3S ATF Cooler Missing

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Revised RHD M3S Missing Parts Just noticed not only Footwell Light but also ATF Cooler are missing from the new revised M3S RHD version in Hong Kong. :ohmy 1: Luckily the side mirror blinker is still there. Footwell LED board Previous M3S's driver side Previous M3S's pax side Revised M3S...