What Does the MAZDA3 Check Engine Light Mean?

December 26th, 2019 by


It happens. You’re driving around saint Augustine, enjoying your day, and the Mazda3 check engine light comes on. Worry sets in. You wonder what could possibly wrong with your car. Should you pull over? Will your car run long enough to get to a mechanic? Don’t panic. While a Mazda check engine light is nothing to ignore, it doesn’t necessarily mean that something is seriously wrong with your car. We’ll talk about that below, as well as delving into some other concerns Orange park drivers have about their Skyactiv®-G engine problems, like the cause that Mazda3 Skyactiv®-G engine noise, and how to understand Skyactiv® Technology. Of course, if you don’t find your answers here, the expert service staff at Hodges Mazda in Jacksonville will be happy to answer your questions.

Reasons for the MAZDA3 Check Engine Light

There are a number of reasons the Mazda check engine light may come on, most of them are not serious. If you check the simpler issues on this checklist, and still don’t know why the light is on, take your car in to Hodges Mazda so our service department can take a look at it.

  • Empty or very low fuel tank
  • Gas cap is not fully tightened
  • Spark plugs or cables may need to be changed
  • Thermostat may need to be replaced or low coolant
  • Emission problems
  • Electrical problems

What is Causing That MAZDA3 Engine Noise?

A loud noise, especially at start up on a cold winter day, is actually normal and not an indication of a Skyactiv®-G engine problem. That noise is caused by a specific Skyactiv® Technology feature called the “Accelerated Warmup System”. This system uses an advanced combustion process to speed up the warming up period of an engine on a cold day. The noise should go away after approximately thirty seconds. What if other noises are coming out of your Mazda3 Skyactiv®-G engine? Noises that occur suddenly and have never occurred before, even though you have had your vehicle for a while, may need to be checked out. Our service staff will be more than happy to help you with that. Though it’s important to remember that the Skyactiv®-G engine is a high compression engine (built to improve fuel economy), which is normally louder than most other car engines.

Schedule Service at Hodges Mazda Today

If you need help with your Mazda3 check engine light or are experiencing Skyactiv®-G engine problems, let the knowledgeable service staff at Hodges Mazda help. They’re experts at Skyactiv® Technology and can quickly troubleshoot a Mazda check engine light. While you’re at our dealership, check out our inventory of new vehicles, learn about the Mazda6 configurations, or compare our models like the Mazda3 vs. Mazda6. We’re located conveniently near Lakeside, so stop by today or contact us!

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