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What Does the Mazda Check Engine Light Mean?

Many drivers tend to panic when the check engine light comes on, but it’s not always something to fear. With knowledge comes power, and the fine folks in the service department here at University Mazda are happy to impart their knowledge about the check engine light on your Mazda3 or Mazda CX-5. Learn more about the Mazda check engine light with us today, and be prepared to spot other indicators of engine problems.

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

There are a few reasons as to why your Mazda3 check engine light could be on. It can be scary to see at first, especially if you’re on a Farmington highway. This light comes on, and you’ll want to know which systems within your Mazda are potentially experiencing an issue. The check engine light could be on for any of the following reasons:

  • There is a problem with the engine’s electrical system
  • There is a problem with the emission control system
  • The fuel tank is empty or extremely low
  • The gas cap is missing or not screwed on tightly enough
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Additional Check Engine Light Tips

Don’t panic. Your vehicle is likely safe. With that said, here are a few tips that will help keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle safe until you can have it looked at:

  • Avoid driving at high speeds if the light flashes continuously or stays on for a long time. These signs indicate that you should visit an authorized Mazda dealer service department as soon as possible.
  • One way to turn off an illuminated check engine light is to disconnect and then reconnect your car’s battery. However, University Mazda’s technicians do not recommend this as a real solution for Farmington residents, as this action may hide old problems or create new problems.

How to Maintain Your Mazda SKYACTIV®-G Engine

With SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY in turbocharged engines, Mazda models provide strong performance without compromising fuel efficiency. If your Mazda is equipped with one of these engines, like the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0T or the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T, there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid SKYACTIV®-G engine problems or SKYACTIV®-G engine noise on Farmington roads.

  • After sustained strain like driving up a long hill, driving at freeway speeds, or towing for a long time, idle the engine for at least 30 seconds before stopping it to avoid damage.
  • In order to avoid damage, do not race or over-rev the engine, especially right after it’s been started.
  • Do not race or over-rev the engine after starting it in extreme cold.
  • Change the engine oil and filter according to the Scheduled Maintenance section of your owners’ manual.
  • Use only the recommended engine oil according to your owner’s manual; do not use extra additives.

Let University Mazda Provide a Check Engine Light Diagnosis

When you use the University Mazda service center for your service needs, you’ll not only get great service, but you’ll have access to service specials to help you save more! We also offer parts specials in the event that any of your genuine Mazda parts need to be replaced. As always, you’re welcome to contact us with any questions about the check engine light, to learn how to open the Mazda key fob, find out about tire rotations, or for answers to other service-related FAQs.

Service Specials at University Mazda

Mazda Car Care - Mazda Battery Special
10% off
Your Genuine Mazda battery is a key component to your vehicle’s overall reliability and performance. For peace of mind, come in today and have one of our technicians install a new Genuine Mazda battery. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Timing Belt Replacement
4 Cylinder Price
Percent Off: 10% off
6 Cylinder Price
Percent Off: 10% off
DON’T WAIT TOO LONG! A broken timing belt can cause your engine to simply stop running. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals.
  • Replace timing belt
  • Set timing & engine idle speed as needed
  • Inspect water pump and drive belts
  • Inspect cam & crank shaft seals
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Do-It-Yourself Special Discount On Genuine Mazda Parts
10% off
Receive a discount on any Genuine Mazda Parts purchased through our retail parts department.Take advantage of this 10% off special today.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
A. Excludes select components, call dealer for details.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Front or Rear Brake Special
$20.00 off

Problems with your Mazda’s brakes are
serious- don’t wait too long! Use this
coupon to receive a special discount on
the brake service you need.
Call to schedule your appointment today!
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - 4-Wheel Alignment Special
$15.00 off
Poorly aligned wheels wear out tires prematurely and reduce gas mileage. Service includes:
  • Inspect/adjust caster, camber and toe-in as applicable
  • Inspect suspension and steering linkage
  • Check tire wear
  • Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
  • Computerized alignment
  • Road test
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Mazda Multi-Point Video Vehicle Inspection



Receive a complimentary video of the
multi-point inspection we’ll perform on
your Mazda. If you don’t get the video
from us via text/email, we’ll give you
15% off service. Max value: $150.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Lifetime Tire Rotations



Performance starts from the ground up.
When you buy a set of 4 new tires from
us, receive complimentary rotations for
the life of your new tires. *Wheel
balancing not included.
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020
Mazda Car Care - Oil Change & Inspection



– Replace engine oil & filter
– Check fluid levels
– Multi-point vehicle inspection
*Our daily discounted price: ONLY $49.95
Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at UNIVERSITY MAZDA. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Prices may vary by model. Hazardous waste fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. Coupon expires 01/03/2020.
EXPIRES: 01/03/2020

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