Troubleshooting a Mazda MPV


Mazda's MPV is a sedan-style car that is preferred by consumers for its fuel economy. If you are having problems with your Mazda MPV, there are several things that you can do before you take it to a service shop. Dead batteries, no gas, or a low coolant level can lead to the Mazda MPV not starting. You don't have to be a Mazda technician to get your MPV back on the road. You can generally do it yourself with little hassle.

Things You'll Need

  • Gas
  • Channel locks
  • Voltmeter
  • Jumper cables
  • 50/50 coolant
  • Turn the key in the MPV's ignition and look over the instrument panel. Check the fuel level and the battery charge to determine if this is your problem. If you hear a clicking noise when your turn the key, you need to have your alternator replaced by a service technician.

  • Fill the gas tank with gasoline if needed. Pop the hood to your Mazda MPV and look over the battery connections. The battery is located on the right side of the engine. The battery should be properly connected to the terminals. Use a pair of channel locks to tighten the cable connections to the battery terminals.

  • Use a voltmeter to test the battery charge. Hold the leads of the voltmeter to the terminals on the top of the battery. You should get a 12V reading. If you don't get a 12V reading, you can jump the battery.

  • Have a friend hook jumper-cables up to their car battery and then connect the other ends of the jumper cable to your car's battery. Start the other car and then try to start your MPV. Allow the battery to charge for about 10 minutes before you turn the MPV off. Try to restart the MPV. If the MPV doesn't restart, the battery is dead and you will need to replace it.

  • Check over the coolant system if your MPV is overheating. Locate the coolant tank on the left side of the engine. Look for the fill line on the edge of the tank. Make sure that you coolant is filled to the fill line. If the coolant is not filled to that line, fill it with 50/50 coolant.

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