DIY 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. How to add Mazda transmission fluid. Below you will also find the recommended Mazda transmission fluid type and alternative Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF).
If your Mazda transmission fluid level is low you may experience shifting problems. Don't continue to drive your Mazda is you expect that the level is low or you may damage the automatic transmission.
Drive your vehicle for at least ten minutes and bring it to a complete stop and set the parking brakes. This will allow your Mazda transmission fluid to warm up.
Ensure your Mazda is parked on a level surface. Ensure the parking brake is set. Shifter in Park.
Let the engine idle.
Open the hood.
Locate the transmission dipstick at the back of the engine.
While the engine is idling, pull out the dipstick. Clean the dipstick and reinsert it.
Pull the dipstick. Make sure that your Mazda transmission fluid level is between the Full/Max and Low/Min level marks.
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 owners manual. You will need a funnel for this. Check the level again. Add more automatic transmission fluid if necessary but do not overfill above the Max / Full mark.
These instructions were written to help owners on Mazdas manufactured during these years:
Adding transmission fluid on a Mazda is a simple procedure.
Make sure to add the recommended Mazda automatic transmission fluid or a compatible alternative. 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.
One of 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:
Always check with your owners manual to verify the correct type of transmission fluid used in your Mazda.