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The video above shows how to check the belts on your 2011 Mazda 3 - if it gives more than a half inch when pressed, is cracked, frayed or appears shiny, you should change it (or have it changed) immediately. Worn belts in a 3 are one of those things that can cause a lot of problems if ignored, while typically being fairly cheap and easy to replace. Check out our parts page for coupons on new belts for your 3!
The belts in your 3 connect your engine to many of the components you use every day such as your air conditioner, battery (via the alternator), power steering and cooling system. As such, you may experience a dead battery, difficulty steering, overheating, etc. that might be due to a worn belt, not a faulty component! If your 3 is one of those Mazdas that shrieks horrendously when it runs, you likely have a worn belt, bad tensioner or both.
Help keep your car as responsive as you are by maintaining proper power steering fluid levels2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3L 4 Cyl. Turbo
See how to seal up minor power steering fluid leaks2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3L 4 Cyl. Turbo
Did you know that the sun wears out wiper blades faster than rain? Replace your blades twice a year2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3L 4 Cyl. Turbo
Minor transmission fluid leaks can often be fixed with the right sealant - see how to do this2010 Mazda 3 i 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Flushing the coolant in your car is not that hard and will extend the life of your engine tremendously - learn how here!2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3L 4 Cyl. Turbo