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We’re a top rated local Mazda 3 repair services shop in Fremont, CA. We also serve the greater East Bay Area, including Newark, Union City, Milpitas, and Sunol. At Fremont Foreign Auto, we specialize in Mazda 3 repair and maintenance. This guide dives into the most common Mazda 3 problems, explaining both the issues and specific solutions. Consider it your handbook for mastering the Mazda 3.


$99.99 Full Synthetic Oil Change

STARTING AT $99.99. Motor oil and the parts needed for your oil change vary in price from vehicle to vehicle. Please call for an exact price quote for your vehicle make and model. Our technicians are trained to service just about every make and model vehicle, from engine repair to oil changes.

$190.00 Engine Light Diagnostic

Our technicians are highly skilled and experienced with just about every vehicle make and model. If your check engine light is on, you can bring it to our shop and we’ll diagnose what’s wrong with it. Any authorized diagnostic will be applied toward the cost of your repair, a $190.00 value.

Engine: Smoothing Out Common Rough Spots

  • Carbon buildup in the throttle body. This clogs airflow causing performance issues. Our approach includes thorough cleaning of the throttle body to remove carbon buildup, ensuring restored engine performance. This fully restores airflow.
  • Premature motor mount wear. We replace worn mounts with OEM or better aftermarket parts. Proper torque specs ensure optimal stability and vibration reduction. We replace the worn mounts with quality components to ensure reduced vibrations and improved engine stability.
  • Loose stabilizer bar linkages. We inspect bushings and joints, replacing any worn components. New factory or performance linkages are re-torqued to spec, eliminating play and noise while sharpening handling.

Transmission: Smoothing Out the Bumps

  • Rough shifting in early models. Our repair process includes a detailed inspection and replacement of necessary components to ensure smooth transmission operation. Worn parts are replaced and adjustments made until shifting is silky smooth.
  • 2009 recall-related failures. We identify affected models and replace all specified components per factory instructions using quality OEM or better parts. This comprehensively resolves these issues.
  • 2012 model component failures. We diagnose issues using scan tools and meticulous inspections, then replace worn solenoids, valves, pumps, clutches, and seals to fix these transmission problems.

Brakes: Stopping Power You Can Trust

  • Premature wear. We thoroughly measure pad/rotor thicknesses and replace severely worn components. We address premature wear by replacing worn brake components, ensuring effective braking performance.
  • Rear brake squeal. We lubricate caliper pins, shims, and pads which reduces friction and squealing. Or we replace noisy pads and rotors with high-performance parts for squeal-free braking.
  • Fluid leaks. We meticulously clean and inspect the master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders, lines, seals and hoses to identify the source, then replace only the affected components. This efficiently solves any leaks.

Electrical: Charging Through Complex Electrical Issues

  • Battery drain and malfunctions. We inspect grounds, cables, connections etc. to find and repair shorts and bad grounds causing parasitic draws. This solves slow/dead battery issues.
  • Ignition switch failures. We replace faulty ignition switches, cylinders, and lock components with new OEM parts to restore proper key recognition and starting.
  • ABS control module failures. We diagnose and replace faulty ABS control modules, restoring complete anti-lock braking functionality.

Suspension and Steering: Mastering Control and Comfort

  • Cracking worn suspension cups. We address this issue by inspecting and replacing worn suspension components to eliminate noise and improve handling. This prevents further damage and noise.
  • Loose stabilizer bar links. As noted above, we replace worn links and bushings with properly torqued factory or upgraded performance parts to eliminate play and noise.
  • Shock and strut leaks. We replace leaky shocks and struts with new complete OEM or high-performance assemblies. Proper installation restores responsive, stable handling.

Your Mazda 3 Experts Are Here

The experts at Fremont Foreign Auto have true mastery of Mazda 3 repair. We diagnose issues precisely and carry out customized solutions using quality components, restoring your Mazda to factory-new condition. Contact us today to restore your Mazda 3 reliability and performance.