The Mazda 6 i and s series have been popular midsize cars since the current Mazda 6 debuted in 2003. Mazda 6 vehicles are known for their style and feel with responsive braking and steering. While updates have been made to the steering system since 2003, all Mazda 6 vehicles have a simple fluid maintenance schedule for power steering and other fluids to help prolong the life of your vehicle.
Check the power steering fluid in your Mazda 6 vehicle every 30,000 miles, at the same time that you perform other fluid checks, like brake fluid and transmission fluid.
Make sure that your Mazda 6 is on a level surface and that the engine is cool before you check the fluid levels. Warm power steering fluid reads at a different level than cool power steering fluid, and could result in an inaccurate level reading.
Locate the power steering fluid reservoir in the engine department. The reservoir should be clearly labeled, and will be next to the power steering pump. Check the fluid levels using the markings on the outside of the reservoir, making sure that fluid is above the low level mark.
Add fluid if necessary, using transmission fluid (ATF M-III) or its equivalent, or another Mazda recommended power steering fluid. Take care not to fill over the maximum level line. If you do overfill, disconnect the hose to drain excess power steering fluid.
Inspect the power steering reservoir, hoses and clamps for worn parts that need to be replaced. If you spot any leaks, make sure that you replace the leaky parts immediately, as hot power steering fluid leaking into the engine can cause severe damage to your vehicle.