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Mazda MX-5 routine maintenance guide (1989 to 2005)

Mazda MX-5 routine maintenance guide (1989 to 2005)

Modern cars and vans need much less maintenance than the vehicles of years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months, or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity.

What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for the Mazda MX-5 (1989 to 2005 models), most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance, or step-by-step instructions, check out our online manuals or get our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type 10W/40 multigrade semi-synthetic or synthetic oil to specification ACEA A3/B4
Engine Oil Capacity (including oil filter) 3.7 litres (1.6 litre engines)
  3.8 litres (1.8 litre engines)
Oil Drain Plug Torque

35 Nm 

Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type 75W/90 GL4 or GL5
Final Drive Fluid Type SAE 90 GL5
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity 2.0 litres (5-speed transmissions)
  1.8 litres (6-speed transmissions)
Final Drive Fluid Capacity 0.65 litres (1993 and earlier models)
  1.0 litres (1994-on models)
Manual Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque 44 Nm (5-speed transmissions)
  35 Nm (6-speed transmissions)
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 35 Nm 
Final Drive Drain Plug Torque 44 Nm
Final Drive Filler/Level plug Torque 44 Nm

Coolant Renewal

Coolant Type 50/50 mix of water and Ethylene glycol based antifreeze
Coolant System Capacity 6.0 litres

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power Steering Fluid Dexron II
Brake And Clutch Fluid Type DOT 4 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Roadwheel Nuts 110 Nm
Front Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 50 Nm (all except 270 mm diameter discs)
  26 Nm (270 mm diameter discs)
Front Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 65 Nm
Rear Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 50 Nm
Rear Caliper Bracket Bolts 50 Nm 
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts 20 Nm

Maintenance Schedule

These maintenance intervals for the Mazda MX-5 are provided with the assumption that you will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum intervals recommended by us for vehicles driven daily. If you wish to keep your vehicle in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle. 

If the vehicle is driven in dusty areas, used to tow a trailer, or driven frequently at slow speeds (idling in traffic) or on short journeys, more frequent maintenance intervals are recommended.

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake fluid level
  • Check the clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter*
  • Check and adjust the brake pedal height 
  • Check and adjust the clutch pedal height 

*Note: Oil and filter changes are good for the engine and we recommend that the oil and filter are renewed frequently, especially if the vehicle is used on a lot of short journeys

Every 12 000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Check the condition of the auxiliary drivebelt 
  • Check under the bonnet for fluid leaks and hose condition 
  • Check the underbody and all fuel/brake lines 
  • Check the condition of the brake pads and discs 
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft joints and gaiters 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Check the underbody sealant for damage
  • Check the exhaust system and its mountings
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Carry out a road test 
  • Check the condition of the seat belts 

Every 24 000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the air filter*
  • Renew the spark plugs and check the condition of the HT leads
  • Renew the brake fluid
  • Renew the engine coolant
  • Check the PCV valve
  • Check the evaporative loss system
  • Renew the fuel filter
  • Check the manual transmission oil level
  • Renew the final drive fluid 

*Note:If the vehicle is used in dusty conditions, the air filter should be renewed more frequently.

Every 48 000 miles or 4 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the timing belt*
  • Renew the manual transmission oil
  • Renew the remote control battery
  • Check the valve clearances 

*Note: Although the normal interval for timing belt renewal is 54 000 miles, it is strongly recommended that the belt is renewed at 48 000 miles. The actual belt renewal interval is therefore very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks.