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In this guide, you will learn about the symptoms of a bad Mass Airflow sensor (MAF) on Mazda vehicles and how to replace it yourself. 

When the mass airflow (MAF) sensor on a Mazda fails, the check engine light will turn on, and several performance issues will be noticed.

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Here is a list of possible symptoms you may notice from a bad mass airflow sensor on a Mazda.

  • Check engine light on
  • The engine refuses to start 
  • Engine dies after the start
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Engine idles to high or low

How to replace the mass airflow sensor on a Mazda

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What you will need


  1. Let the engine cool down. Next, open the hood of the Mazda and disconnect the battery.
  2. Locate the mass airflow sensor on your Mazda 5. The sensor is located near the engine air filter housing. diy guide how to change mass air flow sensor Mazda 5 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

  3. Unplug the wire harness. Next, unplug the electrical connector from the Mazda mass airflow sensor.  location of MAF sennsor on Mazda

  4. Remove the screws that hold the mass airflow sensor in place. 
  5. Install the new MAF on your Mazda. Tight the screws so that they are snug.

  6. Plug the electrical connector until it locks in place. 

  7. Close the hood and start the engine. 

If the check engine light is on, don't expect it to turn off right away. If no other fault codes are present, the check engine light should reset within a week. 

If you want to check for other codes or reset the check engine light, use an OBD2 scanner to clear the fault codes. The OBD2 scanner can be connected to the diagnostic port located under the dashboard on the driver's side.  

Mazda Mass Air Flow Fault Codes

Possible fault codes that may be triggered by a bad mass flow sensor on a Mazda.

  • P0101 MAZDA Mass Air Flow Sensor Inconsistent with Throttle
  • P0102 MAZDA Mass Air Flow Circuit Low Input
  • P1100 MAZDA Mass Air Flow Sensor Intermittent
  • P0100 MAZDA Mass Air Flow Sensor Signal Out Of Range
  • P0103 MAZDA Mass Air Flow Sensor High Input Signal
  • P0171 MAZDA Lean Air/Fuel Ratio Bank 1
  • P0172 System too Rich (Bank 1)
  • P0173 Fuel Trim Malfunction (Bank 2)
  • P0174 System too Lean (Bank 2)
  • P0175 System too Rich (Bank 2)

Other DTCs not listed here may be related to the MAF sensor. 

How to tell if the mass airflow sensor is bad on a Mazda?

When the mass airflow sensor fails, your Mazda will not accelerate properly; it may misfire and trigger the check engine light or service engine light. To confirm that the MAF is the problem, always read the fault codes using an OBD2 scanner.

Can I clean the Mazda airflow sensor?

Yes. You can clean a Mazda airflow sensor using an Air Flow Sensor Cleaner. No guarantee cleaning will fix the problem. Cleaning is successful in cases when the sensor has gotten dirty.

How much does a new Mazda air flow sensor cost?

At the dealership, it will cost anywhere from $200 to $300. Online the MAF sensor can be bought for as low as $50. 

Can I replace the MAF on a Mazda myself?

Yes. It is one of the simplest Mazda DIY repairs. If you are starting with DIY auto repair, this will be an easy task to get started.

Where is the Mass Air Flow sensor located on a Mazda?

It is located on the engine air filter housing or the large diameter air intake hose that connects the air clear box to the engine intake manifold.

Step-by-step instructions on how to change the mass airflow sensor on a Mazda. These instructions include pictures and video clips to help you with this Mazda DIY repair.