I’ve just bought my first MX5 a 2010 NC Powershift Auto.
One thing that’s bothering me a little is the absence of a dipstick for the auto box and the fact that there is no mention of maintenance for the gearbox in the service schedule.
I see a few people on this forum have attempted to change their automatic gearbox oil using Mazda’s rather complex procedure of shorting out specific wires and achieving the exacting temperatures required to get the right level. To be frank, as a DIYer, I wouldn’t feel confident enough to attempt this and perhaps more importantly I don’t think I’d trust most garages, even main dealers, to get it right either!
I remember my father in law asking his local garage to check and top up the auto fluid on his Honda Accord. Rather than following Honda’s procedure we think they just topped it up from cold. Result, an over full gearbox resulting in frothing oil and a car, which I inherited, with a hesitant and obviously failing gearbox. Perhaps this is the reason Mazda have made it so difficult for owners to self maintain their auto gearboxes?
So back to my question. Should I worry about my gearbox or leave it alone unless it starts to give me trouble at some point in the future?