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Mazda 323 2001 Problems

Are you having problems with your 2001 Mazda 323? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest 2001 Mazda 323 issues & faults. We have gathered all of the most frequently asked questions and problems relating to the 2001 Mazda 323 in one spot to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

How do I put fuel in my Mazda 323?

Refuelling is actually a pretty dangerous practise, even though it鈥檚 one that most of us do on a weekly basis. So the first thing to know is that you need to stick to all the safety requirements issued by both the car-maker and the service station you鈥檙e using, including not using mobile phones while you refuel and making sure that even a few drops of spilled fuel is washed off the car and diluted with water on the ground.

Beyond that, the Mazda 323 should have a fuel-flap release lever on the floor, down beside the front-right hand corner of the driver鈥檚 seat. If the seat is positioned for a shorter driver, you may need to slide the seat back to reveal the release lever. Then, once the lever has been pulled upwards to release the external flap, you should be able to turn the actual fuel cap anti-clockwise to remove it. But take it slowly and don鈥檛 be surprised if there鈥檚 a hissing noise as some air is sucked into the tank as you break the cap鈥檚 seal. Once you鈥檝e refuelled, replace the cap and turn it clockwise until it clicks once and spins freely, close the fuel-flap and you鈥檙e all done. It鈥檚 also a nice idea now to zero your trip-meter so you can calculate your fuel consumption next time you fuel up (not all cars back in 2001 had trip computers).

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