Marin Mazda Will Service Your Vehicle in San Rafael, CA

Factory scheduled maintenance keeps your car running efficiently and smoothly over the course of its lifetime. It also adds to your Mazda's longevity, trade-in value, and resale value. What types of routine Mazda service should you get, and at what intervals? Our San Rafael service department receives this question often. Our auto repair technicians will answer your questions and deliver top-tier service for your Mazda.

Common Automotive Service and Repairs

Mazda recommends factory scheduled vehicle maintenance every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or at least once annually. The 5,000-mile service intervals correspond to driving maintenance, while the 7,500-mile service intervals correspond to engine oil maintenance. Per Mazda recommendations, your new Mazda still requires:

  • Tire rotation every 5,000 miles
  • Replacement of engine oil and filter every 7,500 miles or when wrench light comes on

Reasons to Get a Mazda Tire Rotation

Tire rotations switch tire positions from side-to-side, back to front, or in some other manner. This action ensures even wear to all four tires. Your Mazda vehicle requires unique tire rotations based on your driving habits and your Mazda's drive system: rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Unique driving habits and driving systems subject your tires to unequal wear and tread erosion as you cruise around Fairfax.

Optimal tread depth remains essential to grip, traction, stability, and maneuverability. Durable tires with good tread depth and tire pressure also maximize your Mazda's engine and transmission. Your maintained tires earn higher fuel efficiency and preserve a smoother, more enjoyable ride in Novato. When we rotate your tires, we reposition them to give you and your vehicle advantages in all kinds of driving scenarios. Frequent types of tire rotations include:

  • Forward cross - Back tires move forward and switch sides
  • X-pattern - Back and front tires swap sides and back/front placement
  • Rearward cross - Opposite of the forward cross
  • Front-to-rear - Back and front tires stay on same sides but swap back/front placement
  • Side-to-side - Front tires swap sides and back tires swap sides

When you have a compatible spare on the vehicle, it replaces the back right tire on a forward cross, and the front right tire becomes the new spare. With a rear cross, the spare still replaces the back right tire, except the left front tire becomes the new spare.

The Importance of Engine Oil and Filter Changes

Motor oil lubricates and cleans your engine. Most modern motor oils appear synthetic, consisting of base oils and additives. The oils and additives provide lubrication, friction reduction, cleaning agents, protection, and properties that keep your engine cool during your Corte Madera adventures. A cool, lubricated engine gets better mileage, never locks up, runs smoothly, and keeps your downtime at our San Rafael service department to a minimum.

Engine oil and filter changes also promote engine longevity. They keep your Mazda model's emissions lower and result in better scores on emissions tests. Their many active ingredients make this possible for San Anselmo drivers. Motor oil content boasts roughly 70 to 90 percent base oils and 10 to 30 percent additives, including:

  • Detergents
  • Dispersants
  • Anti-wear additives
  • Corrosion inhibitors
  • Anti-foam additives
  • Viscosity index improvers

Fuel filter changes remain equally critical. The fuel filter facilitates maximum air and fuel flow to the engine during your Petaluma commutes. The combination enhances the properties of motor oil, contributing to even lower emissions. As the fuel filter removes dirt, solids, rust, and other contaminants, it keeps fuel clean and helps your engine and vehicle perform at their peak.

Other Types of Mazda Service

Your Mazda's factory scheduled vehicle maintenance may often entail extensive lists of services and repairs as your vehicle ages and accumulates mileage on roads in Fairfax. Our service team applies these factory-recommended services and repairs to all your Mazda model's major and minor components, such as:

  • AC/Heating
  • Spark plugs
  • Drivetrain lubrication
  • Transmission
  • Brake fluids
  • Power steering
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Fuel lines, hoses
  • Interior and exterior lights
  • Rear differential
  • Windshield washers/fluids
  • All locks, hinges

If your Mazda's wrench light comes on or you need random service and repair, don't hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Marin Mazda. We serve drivers from San Rafael, CA and all neighboring areas. Your Mazda warranties cover most factory scheduled service and repair conducted at our authorized dealership. We also run service promotions and specials year-round, so you may discover extensive savings on parts and labor. We look forward to meeting you.

We offer Courtesy Shuttle service starting at 8:30 AM til 5:00 PM.


Marin Mazda

807 Francisco Blvd East
Directions San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Sales: (415) 454-7000
  • Service: (415) 454-7000
  • Parts: (415) 454-7000


  • Monday 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed