In recent years, Mazda has consistently received praise from many of the leading auto publications for its reliable vehicles. If you own a Mazda, you should expect your vehicle to need repairs or replacement parts less frequently than many other car brands. However, even the most reliable Mazdas will eventually need to have parts replaced due to failure or unsightly damage to the exterior or interior.
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OEM vs. Aftermarket Mazda Parts
When shopping for auto parts, you will find that they are usually labeled as either "OEM" or "Aftermarket." OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and are parts that Mazda uses when it manufactures its vehicles. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are designed to be compatible with Mazda vehicles, although companies that manufacture the parts have no affiliation with Mazda.
Each category of parts has its own strengths. With OEM parts, you can be assured that they have been manufactured to the high-quality standards set out by Mazda. The strength of aftermarket parts is their ability to offer a greater variety of options and perhaps a lower cost when compared with genuine parts.
For cosmetic repairs, both options will get the job done, however, if you want to get your Mazda performing the same way it once did, we recommend against going with cheaper aftermarket parts. You might be tempted by the lower price of aftermarket parts, but without the same quality control, you are likely to have to replace the parts again much earlier.
If your budget is limited, we suggest that you still compare the price of aftermarket parts to OEM parts as the pricing of OEM parts is often competitive. Another option is to buy reliable, used OEM Mazda parts like those listed on BE FORWARD, which can still offer excellent performance, fit, and lifespan.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your Mazda?
Not all parts in your Mazda are essential to your safety and the vehicle's performance. Your Mazda can still run safely if, for example, the rear spoiler is damaged. However, there are important parts that should be attended to immediately if they are damaged or exhibiting problems. The following are some of the parts that you should never overlook.
The engine is your Mazda's main power source, burning fuel to produce the mechanical energy to move you forward. Because of its complexity with many components working together, it can be expensive to repair. In some cases, a replacement engine might actually be less than the cost of repairs and individual engine components. A trip to your trusted automobile professional will get you the information you need on the most affordable way to revive your Mazda's engine.
Whether your Mazda has an automatic or manual transmission, it functions the same way by transferring power from the engine to the wheels while making use of gear ratios to keep the engine in its power band for greater efficiency. Because the transmission is essential to the powertrain, it is prone to wear and tear. Likewise with the engine, repairing this complicated piece of equipment can work out to be more costly than buying a replacement.
Your Mazda's lights help you to see, to be seen, and to convey your driving intentions to others while on the road. As an essential safety feature on every vehicle, it is important to replace damaged lights or blown bulbs immediately to ensure everyone's safety while driving.
Your Mazda's brakes are another essential safety feature that should never be overlooked. Their purpose is to reliably slow down your vehicle or bring it to a safe and complete stop.
Brake parts such as the brake pads and brake rotors wear out faster and need to be replaced regularly, while parts like the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders should last you thousands of miles without issue (though they could develop leaks and cause poor braking over time). Typically, your local mechanic should be able to replace individual parts as they break down.
Unless you want to jump-start your Mazda before every drive, you should make sure the battery is working well. Signs that your battery is going to give out soon include slow cranking of the engine and an illuminated Battery/Charging warning light.
Which Mazda Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
Not only is there no car part that lasts forever, but some are also even designed to simply wear out or run out as they are being used. These are known as consumables and include engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, wiper blades, and even your Mazda's tires and battery. For each consumable, it is important to know when it is time to have it replaced or topped up. This should not be an issue as long as you take your Mazda in for regular checkups and oil changes.
The water pump is always one of the first parts to give way in any vehicle. Always working, this part is responsible for pumping coolant from the radiator to the engine, which flushes away heat from its various parts. The heated coolant is then circulated back to the radiator where it is cooled by the radiator fan and outside air.
The lifespan of your Mazda's suspension can be extended depending on your location and driving. Smooth roads will have less of an impact on your suspension. While you may not be able to choose the roads you drive on, you can control the amount of weight you haul, including passengers, as well as the number of miles you put on your Mazda; these also have an impact on the suspension.
Are Mazda Parts Expensive?
Mazda parts are not expensive, especially when you compare them to luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Not only that, Mazdas are some of the most reliable cars out there, meaning that breakdowns and repairs will be few and far between.
Where to Buy Genuine Mazda Parts Online
If buying brand new, you can get genuine Mazda parts through authorized dealers and OEM parts retailers. However, you can save money while still getting the same quality as new parts by shopping at BE FORWARD. We carry genuine used Mazda parts in great condition and at excellent prices!