In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to check the transmission fluid level on a Mazda vehicle. The exact procedure on how to check the transmission fluid level on your Mazda is outlined in your owner's manual. 


If your Mazda transmission fluid level is low you may experience shifting problems. Here are the most common signs of low transmission fluid on a Mazda. 

  • Transmission slipping
  • Delayed shifting
  • Hard shifting
  • The transmission doesn't shift 
  • Overheated transmission
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How to check Mazda automatic transmission fluid level

What you will need


  1. Warm-up transmission.  Drive your vehicle for at least ten minutes. This will allow your Mazda transmission fluid to warm up. how to check transmission fluid level on a Mazda 5 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  2. Ensure your Mazda is parked on a level surface. Ensure the parking brake is set. Shifter in Park.
  3. Do not turn off the engine. Allow the engine to idle. diy instructions on how to add transmission fluid on mamo
  4. Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard, on driver's side. 
  5. Locate the transmission dipstick at the back of the engine.
  6. While the engine is idling, pull out the dipstick. Clean the dipstick and reinsert it. how to add automatic transmission fluid on Mazda
  7. Pull the dipstick. Make sure that your Mazda transmission fluid level is between the Full and Low level marks. 
  8. If the level is below the minimum mark, add half a quart/litter via the same tube you used to check the level. Only used the recommended Mazda transmission fluid that is mentioned in your owner's manual. You will need a funnel for this. Check the level again.
  9. Recheck the transmisison fluid level. Add more automatic transmission fluid if necessary but do not overfill above the Max / Full mark. 

How to add automatic transmission fluid on a Mazda

Adding a transmission fluid on a Mazda is a simple procedure. Make sure to add the recommended Mazda automatic transmission fluid or a compatible alternative.

  1. Park your Mazda. Set the parking brakes. Move the shifter to Park position.
  2. Open the hood.
  3. Remove the dipstick. The automatic transmission dipstick is located next to the battery.
  4. Use a funnel to insert it into the dipstick tube.
  5. Add half a quart of Mazda Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).
  6. Recheck the fluid level again.
  7. If the level is above Min mark and below the Max mark of the dipstick you are done. If it is below, add more fluid. If it is above the Max mark you need to remove the extra fluid or risk causing damage to the automatic transmission.

Recommended Mazda Transmission Fluid

The most common transmission fluids used in Mazda is Mazda MV ATF. A few alternative transmission fluids that are compatible with Mazda MV ATF are:

  1. AMSOIL Synthetic ATF
  2. Mobil 1Synthetic ATF
  3. Valvoline Maxlife Multi-Vehicle ATF
  4. Schaeffers
  6. Nippon Oil Eneos ATF Fluid

Always check with your owner's manual to verify the correct type of transmission fluid used in your Mazda.

Mazda recommends Mazda ATF MV transmission fluid (also referred to as M5 ATF or Mazda V). Mazda MV ATF is not the same as Mercon V or Dexron automatic transmission fluid, a common misconception. Don't use Mercon or Dexron transmission fluid on a Mazda or you will start experiencing shifting problems after a few months.

This is a guide on how to check lever and add automatic transmission fluid on Mazda cars including Mazda 3, 5 , 6, CX5- CX-7, CX-9 Protege, and Tribute.

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Member since 2020-09

thanks a lot,guide and information. we have a question regarding my old mazda 323 model 1994 glx 16valve dohc engine. what is the compatable ATF fluid?

Member since 2020-09

Klondike synthetic atf in Canada also works