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Vehicle Electrics / High and Low beams not working, Fuses 32-39.
« Last post by Rod on September 25, 2020, 08:48:51 PM »
Hello to All,
                  Hope I'm posting in the right bit and someone can help a total novice.
Just changed the battery in my MAZDA 3 Hatchback (BL) 1.6 MZR Petrol 105 HP and now both high and low beams are out.
I've checked bulbs (all good), checked the Indicator/Light Stalk Switch (Good) and the indicators still work, so do the hazards and reverse.
After checking fuses under hood 32-39 have no power getting to them. Is there a relay or something else that could stop power from reaching this group of fuses. Sorry if I sound like an idiot but I don't really know much about cars. I do the brakes myself but that's it.
(I tried replacing the headlight relay with no luck)
Any advise will be much appreciated.
Regards,
             
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New Members / Re: MAZDA 3 SKY ACTIV G
« Last post by StevenRB45 on September 25, 2020, 03:39:41 PM »
I can only imagine it is being left for significant periods, during which the battery may have drained past the point the alternator can charge it back up. If the voltage drops to the point the battery is discharged it is junk and will no longer take a charge.

Mine is only being used once or twice a week due to working from home and showing no ill effects. It has been left for 2-3 weeks multiple times without issue. The only thing I'm doing is if I do use it making sure it gets at least one reasonable run a week not a spin round the block to allow it to condition the battery.

Newer cars do have more computing power and do drain the battery more quickly than older ones used to but any car that is effectively laid up as it sounds like this one is should be either on a trickle charger or have the battery disconnected. It appears you've found that out the expensive way.

Otherwise what you've described will happen. Just think about what the battery has gone through. Assuming it's a brand new build, left the factory charged, onto a boat, sat for a few weeks, quick start up to move it off to be transported, then another, then probably another. Then however long it sat at the dealer who may charge their stock regular basis..but may not. Then off to it's owner to sit some more and do the odd short trip. No wonder it is on it's knees, if it's not a new build then add sitting in a field for weeks/months into that as well.

All cars use lead acid batteries pretty much so any brand of car would behave the same way given same care or lack of.
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New Members / Re: MAZDA 3 SKY ACTIV G
« Last post by Willpower on September 25, 2020, 03:07:29 PM »
I can understand your frustration in this situation, but I fail to see the purpose of joining this forum solely to vent your anger.

The reasons behind the performance of the car could be numerous and you have given no insight to this apart from your attack on the car.

You have not asked any questions, nor left the door open to any assistance.   

This is a Mazda community forum the members of which will usually try to help if they can. However you have made it difficult to do so. 

If you wish help for yourself, then start by being more forthcoming.

Mazda3forums Admin;
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New Members / MAZDA 3 SKY ACTIV G
« Last post by Malaki on September 25, 2020, 01:03:36 PM »
MAZDA 3, My neighbours have bought a 2ltr Automatic Skyactiv car brand new.

Due to ill health they cannot drive the car so I have been put on their insurance.

The car has now got 450 miles on and has been to the dealer and it has broken down 3 times so far.

The battery goes flat, sometimes in just 4 hours after driving it 20 miles in last instance.

Dealer says there is nothing wrong with it, Mazda say they cannot help it is the way it is being driven!

They now have to buy a trickle charger and have ordered a heavy duty battery, guess that is what happens when you spend over £24k on a car, should paid less for a second hand one.

So if you are thinking of buying one of these and not intending driving it 24 hours a day buy something else!😟
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Just remembered these wheels + tyres are still in my garage (15" Rial Kodiak + Michellin Cross Climate-like new, used for about than 2 months) I only advertised them once on Gumtree and here. I will probably put then on ebay in the next coming days. So if anyone intersted the new price is £250. Collection only.
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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: Bose speakers and used car warranty
« Last post by Ed-Led on September 09, 2020, 07:29:30 PM »
Just had my passenger side Bose speaker replaced today free of charge so extremely happy with the outcome. As i'd already had the drivers side speaker replaced when the car was under warranty, Mazda agreed to replace the other one at no cost. I suspect that both sides should have been changed out when the car was under warranty because of the known issue with the frame corrosion but the original dealership i used didn't do this (maybe to cut costs or couldn't be arsed?).

   Anyway i used another very reputable Mazda dealership instead and they have been really good with me, very helpful indeed. I can now hear music with bass again instead of what sounded like a constant farting noise coming out of the door.  :D     
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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Re: Front Brake Pads / Disks?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on September 07, 2020, 08:58:16 AM »
For traction control, it'll depend how active it is.

On my gen 2 with DSC and traction I'm still on original rear discs at 84k with plenty left and the fronts lasted 52k (the previous owner wasn't as easy on brakes as me they were 70% worn when I picked the car up at 36k miles.)

If you drive in a manner that means the traction is on all the time you would see a difference but given how slack the Mazda system is (I've only seen DSC activate once I was going sideways at the time) you'd need to drive like an utter loon for it to be significant.

Maybe on G-vectoring cars it would be different but the older ones only seem to intervene when you are well and truly into a moment and do so with the sublety of a hammer to the face.
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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Re: Front Brake Pads / Disks?
« Last post by hanix on September 05, 2020, 09:06:50 AM »
I wonder how much traction control has to do with front brake wear, it certainly caused excessive wear on the rear brakes of the xf Jaguar. My elderly Ford Focus seems to do about 40k to a set of discs and pads. (Cost less than £40 Hour and a half on a Saturday morning to fit).
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I've just got/sold my Mazda 3 / Re: My 2017 SP25 Astina
« Last post by AussieAstina on September 04, 2020, 05:51:40 PM »
Ah, when I said 'a real spare wheel' I meant 'not a pressurised tube of gunk for fixing a leak'. The spare is a space saver, not a full size wheel and tyre. The UK equivalent car has no spare wheel at all, just a repair kit.
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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Re: Front Brake Pads / Disks?
« Last post by yarb on September 04, 2020, 05:43:22 PM »
Not so much a reply as a query.
I purchased my 2017 Mazda3 Sport Nav on 31st January this year with two months warranty still on it.
Had to take it in to main dealers, last week, as near side wing mirror not retracting properly and, while there they did a free health check.
Came back with the news that my front brake discs needed replacing badly! Queried this as car had only done 26.5 thousand at time I bought it and, due to lock down, I had done less than a thousand since picking it up.
Wasn't satisfied with answer but determined I would get local garage to put some new brake pads on for me, rather than give them the business, as I reckoned they should have told me about the state of the brake pads when I bought the car.
They, local garage, offer a variety of makes - OEM of course - but wondered what people recommend as best. Can original Mazda pads be obtained and are they better/more expensive.
Gone are the days when I would have done the fitting myself; I'm getting too old in the tooth.
Regards,
John

Didn’t it come with a MOT most dealers do this when it’s going to need one within a couple of months, if so surely it should of been picked up then. When I bought my first mazda back in 2011 a 2009 59 plate it had 3 months original warranty left but they MOTed it and gave me a year warranty from the purchase date.
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