Maintenance questions - pulsation and Tranny fluid color

mazda
mazda5

#1

A friend has two issues on his Mazda with 80k - 5 yr old:

  • He had the rotor surfaced due to pulsation. But the pulsation has not completely gone. There is still some happen from time to time. What might be the fix?
  • Tranny color is blackish. Apparently the Mazda does not have a service schedule for it. Appears the filter is internal. Should he go to a dealer and flush it to make sure the blackish goes away.

#2
  1. A brake pedal pulsation or shudder is one of the most common symptoms that indicates rotor trouble. The cause may be too much runout in a rotor and/or variation in the thickness of the rotor. Runout occurs when the rotor wobbles as it rotates. This may be due to runout in the hub, runout in the way the rotor was originally machined, rust or dirt between the rotor and hub, or uneven torquing of the lug nuts that cause distortion in the rotor and hub (which is why lug nuts should always be tightened to specifications with a torque wrench, not an impact gun).

Some vehicles are much more sensitive to runout than others. Generally speaking, the lighter the vehicle and the lighter the suspension, the more sensitive it is to rotor runout. The latest OEM service specifications typically call for .002 to .003 inch of lateral runout. This can be measured by placing a dial indicator against the face of the rotor and turning the rotor. If you see more than the allowed amount of movement in the dial indicator, the rotor and/or hub may have too much runout for smooth braking.

  1. Tranny fluid should be bright red. A drain and fill including dropping the pan,changing filter and gasket is standard procedure. Mazda does not recommand flushing using an exchange machine.

#3

Easy Replace the rotor. But check all the stuff @COROLLAGUY1 mentioned. Replacement rotors have gotten cheap enough to pretty much ignore turning them. My area of 1 million residents only has two brake lathes left for that very reason.


#4

Are there any websites that specialize on Mazda parts?

I know of Honda parts - so wondering if there is one for Mazda.


#5

Google is your friend with that question. Certainly RX-7’s and Miatas have lots of internet support.


#6

Web Site for Mazda parts : Would AutoZone or O’riellys or Advance Auto Parts qualify ?


#7

onlinemazdaparts.com Genuine Mazda parts (OEM)
rockauto.com Aftermarket replacement parts


#8

em, RockAuto does Mazda, hurray!

My first stop has been RockAuto for Acura/Honda - did not know they had Mazda too! Wow. I did search google and other sites came up.

This forum helped me.

Thanks @COROLLAGUY1


#9

They are a parts seller, why would you be surprised they had something besides Acura/Honda?


#10

If the transmission fluid is black, the transmission should be flushed.

Here’s what Mazda say’s about it.

Tester


#11

If the transmission fluid is black, the transmission should be flushed.

@Tester - are u saying not drain & fill but flush?


#12

Well?

Do you want all the burnt fluid replaced?

Or just some of it?

Tester


#13

So take it to a shop?
If I am doing, there is a lot of room to err - do not want it to cost the Tranny!

Are PepBoys capable of doing this or better go to a private mechanic?


#14

Take it to a independent shop.

If you take it to the dealer, they’re going to use a flush machine.

Transmission flushes are now the standard in the auto service industry.

That’s because more and more transmissions are sealed.

Tester


#15

@Tester - what is wrong with using flush machine?

What do the independent shop use?

Do u recommend using Mazda fluid (M5) or redline?


#16

There’s nothing wrong with using a flush machine.

You fill the machine with new transmission fluid that’s 10% over total capacity of the transmission.

The machine is connected between the cooler line and the radiator.

You start the engine, and the pump within the transmission pumps the old transmission fluid into the machine while at the same time new fluid is introduced into the transmission.

Of course, if the transmission has a serviceable filter that should be replaced first.

That way, if you see any metal particulate in the pan, don’t bother with the flush.

Tester


#17

That way, if you see any metal particulate in the pan, don’t bother with the flush.

Meaning replace the tranny?


#18

Ya think?

Tester


#19

In doing a flush at home, can I put it into gear (engine off - front is raised) - then rotate the front wheel clock wise to get more of the tranny fluid out? Any issues?


#20

That won’t change the burnt fluid in the torque converter, valve body, and in the tranny cooling lines/cooler in the radiator.

When you do a pan drop, only about 30% of the fluid is removed.

That’s why a flush machine is used when the fluid is burnt.

Tester