How to Keep Your Mazda Healthy

How to Keep Your Mazda Healthy…

CorkSport Mazda

As a car enthusiast, I always want to make sure that my car maintenance is up to date. In general Mazda’s are very reliable but, whether modified or stock, the life of your car depends on maintenance. Taking good care of your car today can help you avoid paying out more in the future on repairs. Here are the top tips I’ve collected over the years and have applied to keep my Mazda in tip-top shape. Hopefully they’re as helpful to you as they’ve been to me.

Gasoline – Find What Works for You

To find out what octane your engine needs, first check your owner’s manual. The recommended level is often 87octane. Some models have high compression engines which are designed to utilize the octane levels of 89, 91 or higher. Ordinarily, your vehicle will not benefit from using a higher octane than is recommended in the owner’s manual. If your engine knocks or pings at the recommended octane level though, you may need a higher octane gasoline.

Improve gas mileage with the Mazda 3 Short Ram Intake

Knocking may occur under certain conditions. A small percentage of vehicles may knock because of variations in engines of the same model due to manufacturing tolerances, or because of an unusual build-up of engine deposits. Other factors such as extremely hot weather, changes in altitude or hard driving conditions may also cause knocking.

Are you planning on running alternative fuel for your modified car? More often than not gas alternatives for modified vehicles require tuning. Every owner/tuner has its preference but keep the following in mind when choosing between E85 or race gas:

·         E85 will generate significantly more power than your typical recommended octane gas, given the same amount of fuel. The burn rate with E85 is faster than standard 87 to 95 octane, plus you get lower temperatures and more power. The downside is that you will get worse fuel economy, and your Fuel Pump will need more regular cleaning.

·         The best thing about any race fuel is its consistency. You can count on the performance of the fuel and then tune accordingly. It makes things like elevation changes, ambient temps, etc, easier to incorporate into different maps.

Oil – Change it Religiously

Change the oil in your Mazda every 3,000 – 5,000 miles depending on the type of (regular, synthetic) oil you use. If most of your miles come from highway driving (driving at a set speed for long intervals of time), you may be able to change the oil every 5,000 miles, but if you do most of you’re driving in a city or suburban area, check your oil every 2,500 miles just to be safe. If the oil appears completely black, this is a sign that you need to have your oil changed.

If you change the oil yourself, remember to change the oil filter as well. If you take the car to a mechanic to have the oil changed, he should change the filter when he changes the oil. I always recommend the OEM oil Filter and Full Synthetic oil of your preference.

Tire Maintenance – Keep ‘em Rotated

Rotate your tires every 10,000 miles to prevent uneven wear (this means the back tires should be moved to the front wheels and vice versa). Also keep a very close eye on your tire pressure. Mazdas use tires with a very soft tread, which means your car grips the road better, but its tires are more prone to leaks and breakage.

 Look in your manual to see what the tire pressure of your front and back tires should be, and check all four tires’ pressure once a month to make sure no leaks have appeared.

Air Filter – It May be Cleaner than You Think

Mechanics will often try to convince you to change your air filter every time you change your oil. However, you shouldn’t have to change your air filter more than once every 20,000 miles unless it’s excessively dirty.

To learn about high performance air filter’s go to:

·         The Best Power Mod for a Mazda –

·         High Flow Panel Filter –

Transmission Fluid – Keep an Eye Out

To protect your transmission and keep your car running for as long as possible, have the transmission fluid checked every 40,000 miles. In general, you don’t need to replace it until you hit 100,000 miles, but if you don’t check it and the fluid does burn out, it can ruin your transmission, a job that can cost more than $1,500 to repair on a Mazda.

To learn about a related transmission topic go to Transmission Inserts at:

Battery – Inspect it When the Time is Right

As long as you are careful not to leave the light or any other battery-operated extras such as the stereo turned on when your engine is not running, your Mazda’s battery should last approximately three to four years. When approaching the five- to six-year mark, be sure to have it inspected. It is better to be prepared than to have your battery die unexpectedly when you need to be somewhere.

To learn about the ECU Relocation Battery Box, go to:


What If?


As a longtime Mazda enthusiast, I’ve seen the company evolve in many innovative ways. Most recently, Mazda has focused their attention on improving the current Skyactive Technology lineup, including the SKY-G 2.0-liter gas and SKY-D 2.2-liter diesel engines.

This technology is great for those looking for good fuel economy and better engine output. But what about the enthusiast who, instead of seeking MPG, is drawn to a fun, high performance vehicle they can enjoy driving 24/7?


Here’s what I’m thinking.

Sure, the 2.3 MZR engine had its ups and downs and can be improved by the enthusiasts who own them. But, I imagine something beyond what we have now. Consider this. What if the next lineup of Mazdaspeed 3’s had a 2.5L MZR engine with an upgraded turbo and a High Performance Fuel Pump (HPFP) to help with the volume and pressure to produce an ideal 320 HP beast that will scare your competition away?

But let’s not stop there. Let’s address the torque steer under acceleration with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. An AWD Mazdaspeed3 was shelved years ago; the automaker said the high price point wouldn’t be saleable and the hatchback style wouldn’t be attractive to consumers. But now, hatchbacks are growing in popularity and perfectly positioned to rival any competitor. This creates a great opportunity for Mazda to introduce this next generation vehicle. With that in mind, I ask that today we raise our fists in solidarity for this type of Mazdaspeed innovation.

Mazda. “It Just Feels Right”


Jose Rivera – Mazda Community Blog

Check out the latest Mazdaspeed 3 performance parts


Loud Pedal Magazine

Loud Pedal

The Oregen Region SCCA Magazine Publication Loud Pedal recently featured fellow CorkSport co-founder Derrick Ambrose and “the Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide”. Loud Pedal  makes an awesome coffee table mag and includes some great info on the SCCA scene. If you aren’t familiar with the Oregon SCCA  they have a great site with events, racing info and how you can get into Road racing, rally, solo or whatever you may want to try. Check them out here:

Check out their latest copy of Loud Pedal online and  order a subscription to have a copy on the pool table in your mancave.

Plus checkout their recent shout out for the “The Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide” below:

The Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide

To order a copy of  The Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide – Click Here.

The Most Exciting Car Parts Order Ever?

Every CorkSport Part in Triplicate Please

I get as excited as anyone when I have car parts on the way. I check the tracking number 10 times a day, watch the front door like a hound dog, and sprint to the door faster than a K04 can spool when I hear a doorbell.

“Here! Finally here!” I triumphantly yell as the UPS, USPS, Fedex or other friendly mail courier hands me my package.

I don’t care if it’s a new turbo, a FMIC, or simply some new windshield wipers for safety, I can hardly contain my excitement. When that delivery man knocks on my door, if any friends are around, I practically bowl them over as they dive for cover.

“What is wrong with you man? It’s just car parts! You are WAY to excited.” They say.

I have become known as the “excited!” one, around my friends.

Then I found this.

No way. If you thought I was excited before, just wait till this bad boy pulls up to my driveway. What car parts do you have for me today delivery man? ……. maybe just…… AN ENTIRE CAR….. or every single CorkSport Part known to man, maybe it’s a new built engine, 4 sets of wheels and tires, a twin turbo setup, a front mount intercooler, coilovers, swaybars, and a small pet elephant.

That box is HUGE.

Honestly I have no idea what is inside, or even if it’s car parts, but I can tell you one thing. I want it, and if that box showed up outside my house, I might have a heart attack from excitement.

Who Wants The SKYACTIV-D?


I have been getting more and more excited about the Mazda Skyactiv Diesel engines which are due to arrive in North America this spring.  My thoughts have been a bit skewed with estimating power numbers with down-pipes, cranking up the boost, and doing crazy low RPM burnouts in the first 4 gears with mountains of torque.  My dreams were dealt a big blow yesterday as the news was released by Mazda that the diesels have been delayed.  Again.

 SKYACTIV-D Diesel - CorkSport

Seeking an answer as to why the holdup I went to look at Mazda’s official press release.  The Mazda official text is below


Mazda North American Operations today announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.

While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it was decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.”


I read this as Mazda wants to make sure the car is trouble free for North America and I am giving them props for this.  In the rest of the planet people are more familiar with diesels and the needed upkeep with urea injections to keep NOx lower.  Mazda is trying to do away with the need for this completely making the car similar to owning a standard petrol powered car which I am in agreement with.   Your average American is used to a diesel in an F350 or a Dodge not a passenger car and the last thing you want is people having problems with their cars and posting to Yelp about it for not understanding the real issue.

 SKYACTIV-D Diesel - CorkSport

So for now my burnout dreams will be just that, dreams until Mazda gets it all sorted out.  I wonder if they would let me take one of the 25 hours of thunder hill cars for a weekend to hold me over…



The Best Power Mod For A Mazda

In the ongoing quest to make your Mazda more powerful, and fun to drive, we have developed many great aftermarket options.

The stock airbox and air intake on most Mazdas were designed for economy instead of power. The problem with using the stock filter and airbox is that it functions similar to breathing through a rag. The rag does a great job of keeping contaminants and dirt out, but it also requires extra effort to pull air in.

When you upgrade the intake to a CorkSport Short Ram Intake you remove the air stifling setup and finally breath freely. Suddenly, your car goes from an underpowered, oxygen lacking zombie, to the free breathing, throaty roar of increased horsepower and freedom.

Take a look at a section from our book “The Ultimate Mazda Performance Guide” about how a Short Ram intake system should be your first modification for power.

If you are looking to start the year off right, and are ready to upgrade your intake system we can answer any questions on which option is best for your ride.

Want to start 2014 off with some extra power? How about just letting your Mazda breathe easy? Thankfully you can do both with one simple modification, the Short Ram Intake.