Welcome to the REAL Mazda Blog, your source for interesting Mazda news, diagnostic info, and repair advice for Mazda owners and enthusiasts.

How To Replace A Constant Velocity (CV) Axle

Mar 20, 2023 - If You Are Comfortable With Your Mechanic Skills And Have The Right Tools, You Can Replace Your CV Axle Yourself – Here’s How.

Are OEM CV Axles Better Than Aftermarket?

Feb 16, 2023 - If You Need A New CV Axle For Your Mazda, You’re Probably Considering An Aftermarket Replacement. Here Are Some Excellent Reasons To Choose A Genuine OEM Mazda CV Axle Instead.

How To Diagnose A Failing CV Joint

Jan 17, 2023 - Knowing The Early Symptoms Of CV Joint Wear Can Prevent More Costly Repairs Down The Road – Here’s What To Watch For.

Does My Mazda Have A CV Joint Or CV Axle? What's The Difference?

Dec 15, 2022 - If You're Questioning The Difference In A CV Joint And CV Axle, This Post Will Explain That And More.

Mazda Oxygen Sensor Buyer's Guide

Nov 18, 2022 - Check Out This Comprehensive Guide With Links To Several Articles That Will Help You Understand Your Mazda’s Oxygen Sensor.

How To Replace A Mazda Oxygen Sensor

Oct 25, 2022 - A Malfunctioning Oxygen Sensor Can Cause Several Problems For Your Mazda – Here’s How To Replace Yours.

Are OEM Mazda Oxygen Sensors Better Than Aftermarket?

Sept 23, 2022 - Learn About Some Excellent Reasons To Stick With A Genuine OEM Mazda O2 Sensor, And Find Some Pointers On Where To Find High-Quality OEM Parts At The Best Prices.

How To Diagnose A Failing Oxygen Sensor

Aug 9, 2022 - A Failing Oxygen Sensor May Exhibit One Or Several Indications Of Decline – Here’s What To Watch For.

What Is An Oxygen Sensor And Why Is It Important?

July 26, 2022 - An Oxygen Sensor Measures The Amount Of Oxygen In The Exhaust Stream As The Engine Is Running. Learn Why Their Job Is So Important Here.

5 Must-Have Accessories For The MX-5

June 16, 2022 - The Right Accessories Can Enhance Your MX-5 Driving Experience. Check Out These 5 Must-Have Mazda Accessories.

Common Door Replacement Parts For the Mazda

May 24, 2022 - Check Out This Guide To Learn More About Common Mazda Door Replacement Parts, What They Do, And Where To Find Them.

Mazda Alternator Buyer's Guide

Apr 7, 2022 - It's Important To Maintain Your Mazda’s Alternator And Be Able To Recognize The Signs Of A Failing One, And This Post Has All The Info You Need.

Are OEM Mazda Alternators Better Than Aftermarket?

Mar 28, 2022 - There Are Many Important Factors You Should Consider Before Buying An Alternator - Like Should You Buy An OEM Or Aftermarket Part? This Post Will Help You Decide.

How To Replace A Mazda Alternator

Mar 18, 2022 - Does Your Mazda’s Alternator Need To Be Replaced? We’ll Get You The Right Parts And Show You How To Do It Yourself And Save A Lot Of Money On Labor.

How To Diagnose A Failing Alternator

Feb 24, 2022 - This Guide Will Show You How To Diagnose And Identify Failing Or Damaged Mazda Alternators.

What Is An Alternator And Why Is It Important?

Feb 9, 2022 - An Alternator Has Several Important Components And Does Several Important Jobs. Learn More About What The Alternator Does Here.

Mazda Key Fob Buyer's Guide

Jan 21, 2022 - This Buyer’s Guide To Help You Learn More About Your Mazda’s Key Fob And How To Maintain It.

How To Start Your Mazda When The Key Fob Is Dead

Jan 14, 2022 - Need To Start Your Mazda With A Dead Key Fob? Find Out How To Do That Here.

Mazda Key Fob Battery Replacement

Learn How To Replace Your Mazda Key Fob Battery And Get Great Tips On How To Avoid Getting Stranded If It Goes Dead.

Are OEM Mazda Key Fobs Better Than Aftermarket?

This Guide Will Help You Compare The Benefits Of OEM Mazda Key Fobs Versus Aftermarket Key Fobs.

What Is A Key Fob And Why Is It Important?

A Key Fob Uses Radio Waves To Communicate With A Reader In The Vehicle To Unlock Your Doors. Learn All About How They Do What They Do Here.

Mazda Transmission Control Module Buyer's Guide

Without A Transmission Control Module, Your Automatic Transmission Can't Function. This Buyer's Guide Answers The Most Common TCM Questions.

How To Replace A Mazda Transmission Control Module

Replacing The TCM In Your Mazda Is Fairly Simple – Here’s A Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through The Process.

Are OEM Mazda Transmission Parts Better Than Aftermarket?

There Are A Few Transmission Parts You Can Replace At Home Without Needing To Remove The Transmission – And When You Do, OEM Is The Way To Go.

How To Diagnose A Failing Transmission Control Module

A Bad TCM Can Keep Your Transmission From Shifting Into Gear Or Even Cause Acceleration Issues – Learn All The Signs To Watch For Here.

What Is A Transmission Control Module And Why Is It Important?

The Transmission Is No Longer A Simple Mechanical Part – And The TCM Is Equally As Complicated. Learn More About What The Transmission Control Module Does Here.

OEM Mazda6 Parts List And Owner's Guide

This Parts List And Owner’s Guide Will Help You Keep Your Mazda6 On The Road And Looking Good Longer.

Common 2010-2011 Mazda3 Transmission Problems

Learn More About The Most Common Transmission Issues You’d Find In A 2010 Or 2011 Mazda3.

What To Do When Your Mazda CX-9 Power Liftgate Won't Work

Having Mazda CX-9 Liftgate Problems? This Troubleshooting Guide May Help You Get To The Bottom Of This Issue.

How To Decode A Mazda VIN

Each VIN Has A Set Of Important Information About The Mazda To Which It's Assigned - Here's How To Decode Yours.

4 Popular Mazda CX-5 Accessories

We Rounded Up The 4 Best OEM Mazda Accessories For The CX-5 Model - Check Them Out Here.

Popular Mazda3 Accessories

If You’re Looking For The Best Genuine Mazda3 Accessories, This List Is For You.

OEM Mazda3 Parts List And Owner's Guide

Check Out This Guide For Tips And Hacks On Maintaining And Customizing Your Mazda3.

OEM Mazda Miata Parts List And Owner's Guide

Read On To Find Maintenance Tips, Recommended Miata Accessories, And Ways To Personalize And Protect Your MX-5.

Mazda Belt Tensioner Buyer's Guide

As A Vehicle Owner, You Should Know A Thing Or Two About Belt Tensioners. This Guide Has All The Info You Need.

Are OEM Mazda Belt Tensioners Better Than Aftermarket?

With OEM Parts, You Know Exactly What You’re Getting. Learn What Makes OEM Mazda Belt Tensioners Better.

How To Replace A Mazda Belt Tensioner

Replacing A Belt Tensioner Is Much Easier Than It Sounds – Here’s How To Get The Job Done.

How To Diagnose A Failing Tensioner

It’s Important To Inspect Your Belt Tensioner As Soon As You Notice Any Symptoms Of Failure. Here’s How To Do It.

What Is A Belt Tensioner And Why Is It Important?

The Belt Tensioner In Your Engine Applies Pressure To Your Serpentine Belt - Learn Why It's Important Here.

5 Cool CX-5 Mods For Under $500

These 5 CX-5 Mods Will Upgrade The Appearance And Performance Of Your Mazda - All For Under $500.

Oil Leaks And Your Drain Plug

The Drain Plug Is A Simple Part That Plays An Important Role In Your Mazda’s Lubrication System. See How Here.

Tips For Using A Mazda Touch Up Paint Pen

Follow These Paint Pen Tips To Increase The Chances Of Your Mazda Paint Job Looking As Good As Possible.

How To Make Sure Your Body Shop Only Uses OEM Mazda Parts

There Are Ways To Make Sure Your Body Shop Only Uses OEM Mazda Parts - We’ll Show You How.

Mazda Windshield Wipers Buyer's Guide

It’s Easy To Maintain Your Windshield Wipers At Home – This Guide Will Show You How.

Are Mazda OEM Windshield Wipers Better Than Aftermarket?

It Can Be Hard To Decide Between OEM And Aftermarket Replacement Wipers. Learn More About What Makes OEM Parts Worth Every Dollar.

How To Change Windshield Wipers On Your Mazda

In This Guide We'll Show You How To Replace Each Component Of Your Mazda Windshield Wipers.

How To Replace Rear Windshield Wiper Blades

It’s A Good Idea To Replace Your Rear Wiper Blade Periodically. Here's How To Get The Job Done Right.

What Are The Different Components Of A Windshield Wiper?

Part Of Maintaining Your Windshield Wipers Is Knowing All The Parts Of Your Wiper System. Find Out All About Them Here.

Mazda Fuel Filter Buyer's Guide

Your Mazdas Engine Needs Clean Fuel – And That’s The Job Of The Fuel Filter. Learn All About Your Fuel Filter Here.

Are OEM Mazda Fuel Filters Better Than Aftermarket?

Trying To Determine Which Type Of Fuel Filter Offers The Most Value? Learn All About The Difference Between OEM And Aftermarket Fuel Filters Here.

When To Replace A Mazda Fuel Filter

If You Notice Symptoms Of A Bad Fuel Filter, You’ll Want To Confirm It ASAP. Learn How Here.

What Is A Fuel Filter And Why Is It Important?

The Fuel Filter Is An Important Part That Keeps Impurities From Reaching The Fuel Injectors. Learn More About Its Job Here.

Mazda Oil Filter Buyer's Guide

Clean Motor Oil Is Very Important To Your Engine’s Health – That’s Why A Good Oil Filter Is Critical. Learn All About It Here.

Are OEM Mazda Oil Filters Better Than Aftermarket?

Deciding Between An OEM And Aftermarket Oil Filter For Your Mazda? Learn Why OEM Oil Filters Are The Much Better Option.

When To Replace A Mazda Oil Filter

When An Oil Filter Gets Too Clogged To Function Properly, Engine Performance Suffers. Here’s How To Know When It’s Time For A Replacement.

What Is An Oil Filter And Why Is It Important?

This Post Will Help You Better Understand Mazda Oil Filters, The Job They Do, And When To Replace Them.

Mazda Engine Air Filter Buyer's Guide

This Guide Will Answer Any Questions You Have About What An Engine Air Filter Does And How To Replace One.

How To Replace A Mazda Engine Air Filter

Replacing An Engine Air Filter Is So Easy Anyone Can Do It At Home. This Tutorial Is All You Need.

Are OEM Mazda Air Filters Better Than Aftermarket?

When It’s Time To Replace Your Engine Air Filter, Be Sure You Use High Quality OEM Parts From Mazda. Here’s Why.

What Is An Engine Air Filter And Why Is It Important?

Why Does Your Mazda Need An Engine Air Filter? Learn More About The Important Job It Does Here.

Mazda Serpentine Belt Buyer's Guide

If You Need To Replace Your Serpentine Belt And Are Not Sure Where To Start, This Buyer’s Guide Has All The Information You Need.

How To Replace A Mazda Serpentine Belt

Are You A Mazda Owner Who Needs To Replace A Serpentine Belt? We’ll Show You How To Do It Yourself.

Are OEM Serpentine Belts Better Than Aftermarket?

Should You Replace Your Serpentine Belt With An OEM Or An Aftermarket Part? Learn Why OEM Is The Best Choice.

How To Diagnose A Failing Serpentine Belt

If You Haven’t Checked Your Serpentine Belt In A While, An Inspection Is In Order. Here's How To Know If Yours Is Worn Out.

What Is A Serpentine Belt And Why Is It Important?

How Do The Different Components In Your Engine Work Together In Sync? Your Serpentine Belt Makes It Possible. Learn More Here.

Mazda Cabin Air Filter Buyer's Guide

This buyer’s guide has all the information you need to understand your cabin air filter's job, and how to replace it when the time comes.

Are OEM Mazda Cabin Air Filters Better Than Aftermarket?

When it's time for cabin air filter replacement, you have two options: OEM or aftermarket. Learn which is the best option here.

When To Replace A Mazda Cabin Air Filter

Learn how to inspect you Mazda cabin air filter and what to do if it's time for a replacement.

What Is A Cabin Air Filter And Why Is It Important?

Your cabin air filter is a much more important part than you may think. Learn more about it here.

Mazda Spark Plugs Buyer's Guide

If you're looking for more information on spark plugs and maintaining them, this guide is for you!

Are OEM Spark Plugs Better Than Aftermarket Spark Plugs?

Wondering if it’s a good idea to install aftermarket spark plugs in your Mazda? We'll help you decide.

How to Know When To Replace Your Mazda Spark Plugs

Read on to find out how to identify the tell tale signs of a worn out spark plug.

How To Identify Failing Spark Plugs in Your Mazda

When a spark plug fails, several issues will arise. Here's how to know what to watch for.

What Are Spark Plugs And Why Are They Important?

Think you might need to change your spark plugs? First be sure you understand what spark plugs are and how they work.

Mazda Door Handle Buyer's Guide

Dealing with a failing Mazda door handle? Here's how to address the problem.

OEM Vs. Aftermarket Mazda Door Handles

Wondering if replacing your broken door handle with an aftermarket part is a good idea? We'll help you decide.

Should I Repair Or Replace A Failing Mazda Door Handle?

Should you fix your Mazda door handle, or just replace it? Here's how to decide.

The 2 Most Common Mazda Door Handle Problems

Many Mazda owners have encountered issues with their door handles. Here's an overview of the 2 most common ones.

Brake Rotor Buyer's Guide For Mazdas

Replacing your Mazda rotors is an easy DIY job with the right tools and this step-by-step guide.

How To Replace Mazda Brake Rotors

Replacing your Mazda rotors is an easy DIY job with the right tools and this step-by-step guide.

OEM Brake Rotors Vs. Aftermarket: Which Choice is Better for Your Mazda?

OEM vs aftermarket replacement rotors - which option is best for your Mazda? Find out here.

How To Diagnose Failing Brake Rotors In A Mazda

It's important to recognize the signs of worn rotors. Here's what to watch for.

How Do Brake Rotors Work And Why Are They Important?

The brake rotors are an essential part in the disc brake system. Here's how they work and why they’re important.

Top 7 Mazdas You Can Import From Japan

Which Mazda would you import given the opportunity? Check out the models that made our top 7 list.

The Mazda Owner’s Guide to Shocks

If you’re a Mazda owner who’s interested in learning more about shocks, this guide is for you.

How to Replace the Shocks on Your Mazda

Need to replace one or more of the shocks on your Mazda? This guide will show you how to do the job yourself.

Mazda Shocks: OEM or Aftermarket?

On the fence about OEM versus aftermarket shocks? Find out why aftermarket shocks don't really save you money.

How to Diagnose Bad Shocks With the Bounce Test

Doing a bounce test will help you figure out if your Mazda has a bad shock. Here's how the bounce test works.

All About the Shocks on Your Mazda

Mazda’s superior shocks make their ride quality among the best. Found out more about what shocks are and why they're important.

Everything You Need to Know About Replacing Your Mazda Axle Assembly

Need to replace your Mazda axle? This guide will provide the instructions you need and more.

How to Replace a Mazda 6 Axle Assembly

If your Mazda 6 has a bad CV axle you'll want to replace it as soon as possible. Here's how to do the job yourself.

How to Diagnose a Failing Axle Assembly

If you start to notice the symptoms of a failing axle assembly, you should replace it right away. Here are the clues to look for.

What is an Axle Assembly and How Does it Work?

Axles are the most critical part of your Mazda’s mobility. Learn more about the job of this crucial component.

Mazda Headlamp Buyer's Guide

Check out our comprehensive headlight replacement guide for Mazda owners - learn about headlight components, repair and replacement.

How to Replace a Mazda 3 Composite Headlamp

You don’t have to bring your Mazda to a repair shop to have a headlight replaced. You can do it at home with this tutorial.

3 Reasons to Get Mazda OEM Headlights Instead of Aftermarket Headlights

Deciding between an OEM or aftermarket replacement headlamp assembly? Here's why OEM headlights are always a better choice for your Mazda.

Cost, Parts Included, and Diagram of a Mazda Headlight Assembly

Find out all the components of a Mazda headlight assembly and the costs associated with each.

Which Mazda Back End Is This? Take The Quiz!

Sure, identifying a Mazda from the front is easy, but can you name these Mazda models from the back?

What Every Mazda Owner Needs to Know About Brake Pads

Brake pads require frequent maintenance. Check out this buyer’s guide for all the information you need to maintain your Mazda brake pads.

How to Replace Brake Pads in a Mazda 6

You can replace your Mazda 6 brake pads at home, which is a much cheaper option than taking your car to a shop. Here's how.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace My Mazda Brake Pads?

How much does it cost to replace the brake pads on a Mazda? Find out how much you'll spend before starting the job.

How to Confirm That Your Brake Pads Need to be Replaced

Brake pads won't last the life of your Mazda and will need to be replaced eventually. Here's how to know when the time has come.

What are Brake Pads and Why are They Important?

Learn exactly how brake pads work and why it's important that they function properly in your Mazda.

There is a Replacement for Displacement

The Miata and the Chevelle 454 SS are both iconic cars - check out how they stack up in this replacement for displacement showdown.

A Side Mirror Buyer's Guide For Mazda Owners

Got a broken Mazda side mirror and not sure how how to deal with it? This guide is for you.

The Pros and Cons of Replacing Just the Side Mirror Cover on Your Mazda

It’s not uncommon for a side mirror cover to take a beating. Here's how to replace the mirror cover on your Mazda.

Is it Possible to Just Replace the Side Mirror Glass on a Mazda?

Is the glass damaged on your side mirror? Here's how to do a glass-only replacement on your Mazda.

How to Replace Your Mazda’s Side Mirror

This step-by-step tutorial will walk you though the task of replacing your Mazda's side mirror.

How Much Does a Mazda Side Mirror Replacement Cost?

Looking for an idea of what it might cost to replace the side mirror on your Mazda? We've got the answer.

Mazda’s KODO Design Process and Why it’s a Big Deal

Mazda's KODO design process is a pretty big deal. Here's what makes it unique.

From Cork Manufacturing to HCCI Technology, Here's How Mazda Has Evolved

Mazda’s 100th birthday is coming up, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about all the cool things Mazda has done over the years!

Mazda Just Made History With Their New HCCI Engine

Automakers all over the world have been working for years to create a gas engine that runs like a diesel when power isn’t needed - and Mazda finally figured it out.

Decision Tree: Should You Lend Your Miata To A Friend?

So a friend has asked to borrow your Mazda Miata - do you let them? We've created a decision tree to help you decide!

This is What a Toyota Hilux With Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine Looks Like

Ever seen a 70's Toyota Hilux powered by a Mazda Miata MX-5 engine? You're about to!

Why the Second Generation MX-6 May be a Future Collectible

Find out why we love the second generation MX-6, and why it may be highly coveted in the future.

Why We Miss the Mazda B-Series

The Mazda B-Series truck was compact, affordable, sporty, and reasonably capable - and we'd like to see it make a comeback.

How Cool Is It to Take a Mazda Off-Roading?

When you think of Mazdas, the last thing that probably comes to mind is off-roading...but these 5 Mazdas may change your mind.

Radical LS6 Powered Widebody RX-7 Build

This widebody RX-7 is powered by a Corvette LS6 engine. Check out this mean Mazda!

10 RX-8s We Wish We Could Drive

The Mazda RX-8 is a popular option for aftermarket enthusiasts - and these modded RX-8's are worthy of some attention.

Our Favorite Miata T-Shirts

How can you show your Miata love Every Day? These awesome T-shirts are a good start!

5 Awesome Wrapped Mazdas

Wrapping is a great way to personalize without making permanent changes - check out these 5 awesome Mazda wrap jobs!

Mazda Horn Is Not Working

Fixing the horn in your Mazda is likely a problem you can repair on your own - here's how.

Miatas That You Can't Miss

Miata fans: Check out this collection of strange and extreme Miata builds!

Off-Road Ready Mazda B-Series Trucks

Ready to turn your Mazda B-Series into a trail dominator? Here are a few pace setters to inspire you.

Test Yourself: How Many Mazdas Can You Identify From the Back?

Mazda Fans: Are you good enough to identify these 5 Mazdas from the back? Test yourself here!

Mazda2 Evil Track Puts The Fear On The Competition

Ready to meet the Mazda2’s evil twin? Check out the Mazda2 Evil Track!

Mazda CX-9 Accessories

Check out a few of our top CX-9 accessories - they'll help you better utilize the style, comfort and functionality of your ride!

5 Times the Mazda5 Broke Minivan Cliches

These 5 Mazdas are out to prove that the Mazda5 is more than just another minivan.

10 Custom Mazda 3s That Will Amaze You

Check out these 10 custom Mazda 3s that will inspire you to take your Mazda to the next level!

LS3 Swapped MX-5 Turns Heads: All About Project Thunderbolt

Check out this Mazda MX-5 owners extreme project car - complete with a LS3 engine - dubbed Project Thunderbolt.

How You Should Spend a Grand On Your Mazda

How should you spend your mad money? On your Mazda, of course! Here are 9 ways to spend a grand on your ride.

Mazdaspeed 6 Shocks Spectators When it Beats a McLaren

This mean Mazdaspeed 6 has no problem taking down a car worth over $200k - check it out!

Is a Transmission Flush a Good Idea?

Is transmission flushing a good or bad idea? This has been a long debated question among auto repair experts - but who's correct?

5 Awesome Miata Ads

We're all familiar with the Miata, whether we've owned one or not. Here are 5 Miata ads guaranteed to make you feel nostalgic.

Must Have Accessories for Your Miata

Mazda offers an awesome selection of Miata items in their accessory lineup - check out these 5 must have extras!

Which Miata Model is Most Likely to Become a Coveted Classic?

The Miata recently entered the age of classic prestige as an admired collectible. Which model will be most coveted in years to come?

The Mazda Protege5 of Your Dreams

Sometimes you come across a car you just can't ignore. That's exactly what this Mazda Protege5 is - check it out!

How to Tell if Your O2 Sensor is Bad and How to Fix It

Your oxygen sensor keeps your Mazda running efficiently while reducing emissions output. Here's how to know if it needs replacing.

Mazda CV Joints: How They Work and When You Should Replace Them

CV joints are heavily used and sometimes fail over time. If your Mazda is having CV joint problems, here's what to do.

Are OEM Spark Plugs Worth It?

Your spark plugs will likely need to be replaced during the life of your Mazda. When the time comes, be sure you choose OEM parts for the job.

Mazda3 Alternator Problems

Is your Mazda3 having alternator problems? Check out this list of troubleshooting solutions and repairs.

Mazda6 Fuel Injector Problems

Having fuel injector problems in your Mazda6? You'll likely find the solution in this list of what and where to troubleshoot.

Mazda Miata Exhaust Videos - Fan Favorites

Who says a Miata can't sound mean? Here are some of the coolest Miata exhaust clips on the web.

Mazda RX-8 Overheating

If your Mazda RX-8 is running too hot, you'll want to repair the problem quickly. Here's how to diagnose the cause.

Mazda Wipers Not Working

Windshield wipers are an essential safety feature on your Mazda. Here are some troubleshooting tips for malfunctioning wipers.

How Mazda's Skyactiv Technology Works - The Inside Scoop

Mazda is working to increase engine efficiency through their Skyactiv technology. Find out what the Skyactiv System is, and what it can do for you.

Mazda Keyless Remote Not Working

Having issues with your Mazda keyless remote? Try these simple tips before you head out to buy a new one - the fix may be easier than you think!

Mazda Fan Not Working

Running your engine without a working fan will lead to disaster. Here’s what you need to know about fan issues in your Mazda and how to fix them.

Can a Mazda3 Drift?

The Mazda3 is certainly an impressive little sports car, but can it drift? We've got the answer.

Why Mazda Should Bring Back the RX-8

The critically acclaimed RX-8 acquired over 37 international awards in its day. Here's our take on why it was so popular, and why Mazda should replace it ASAP.

10 Things You Might Not Know About the RX-7

The popularity of Mazda's RX-7 has reached cult-like status. Take a look at these 10 RX-7 fun facts you may not know.