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Mazda 3 Owners Manual: Exterior Care

The paintwork on your Mazda represents the latest technical developments in composition and methods of application.

Environmental hazards, however, can harm the paint's protective properties, if proper care is not taken.

Here are some examples of possible damage, with tips on how to prevent them.

Etching Caused by Acid Rain or Industrial Fallout

Occurrence

Industrial pollutants and vehicle emissions drift into the air and mix with rain or dew to form acids. These acids can settle on a vehicle's finish. As the water evaporates, the acid becomes concentrated and can damage the finish.

And the longer the acid remains on the surface, the greater the chance is for damage.

Prevention

It is necessary to wash and wax your vehicle to preserve its finish according to the instructions in this section. These steps should be taken immediately after you suspect that acid rain has settled on your vehicle's finish.

Damage Caused by Bird Dropping, Insects, or Tree Sap

Occurrence

Bird droppings contain acids. If these are not removed they can eat away the clear and color base coat of the vehicle's paintwork.

When insects stick to the paint surface and decompose, corrosive compounds form.

These can erode the clear and color base coat of the vehicle's paintwork if they are not removed.

Tree sap will harden and adhere permanently to the paint finish. If you scratch the sap off while it is hard, some vehicle paint could come off with it.

Prevention

It is necessary to have your Mazda washed and waxed to preserve its finish according to the instructions in this section. This should be done as soon as possible.

Bird droppings can be removed with a soft sponge and water. If you are traveling and these are not available, a moistened tissue may also take care of the problem. The cleaned area should be waxed according to the instructions in this section.

Insects and tree sap are best removed with a soft sponge and water or a commercially available chemical cleaner.

Another method is to cover the affected area with dampened newspaper for one to two hours. After removing the newspaper, rinse off the loosened debris with water.

Water Marks

Occurrence

Rain, fog, dew, and even tap water can contain harmful minerals such as salt and lime. If moisture containing these minerals settles on the vehicle and evaporates, the minerals will concentrate and harden to form white rings. The rings can damage your vehicle's finish.

Prevention

It is necessary to wash and wax your vehicle to preserve its finish according to the instructions in this section. These steps should be taken immediately after you find water marks on your vehicle's finish.

Paint Chipping

Occurrence

Paint chipping occurs when gravel thrown in the air by another vehicle's tires hits your vehicle.

How to avoid paint chipping

Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead reduces the chances of having your paint chipped by flying gravel.

NOTE

Follow all label and container directions when using a chemical cleaner or polish.

Read all warnings and cautions.

Appearance Care
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Maintaining the Finish
Washing CAUTION When the wiper lever is in the position and the ignition is switched ON, the wipers may move automatically in the following cases: If the winds ...

Other materials:

Clock Spring Inspection [Standard Deployment Control System]
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.. 2. Remove the driver–side air bag module.. 3. Remove the steering wheel.. 4. Remove the column cover. 5. Remove the clock spring.. 6. Verify that the continuity is as indicated in the table. If not as indicated in the table, replace the cl ...

Rear Beltline Molding Removal/Installation
1. Fully open the rear door glass. 2. Remove the rear door trim.. 3. Remove clip A using a fastener remover and pull up the rear beltline molding in the direction of the arrow (1) shown in the figure. 4. Remove clip B using a fastener remover and pull up the rear beltline molding in the di ...

Battery Inspection [Mzr 2.0, Mzr 2.5]
WARNING: Since battery acid is toxic, be careful when handling the battery. Since battery acid is highly corrosive, be careful not to allow it to contact clothing or the vehicle. In case battery acid contacts skin, eyes, or clothing, flush it immediately with running wa ...

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