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Mazda Battery Management System Malfunction [Simple Fix]

As a mechanic, one of the most things I love about Mazda is its dedication to quality, reliability, and comfort. But even dependable cars need maintenance from time to time.

One of the most common problems with Mazda vehicles is a “battery management system malfunction” alert coming up your dashboard.

In this article, I am going to share what this means, the main cause, and how to fix it. Let’s get to it.

What is Mazda Battery Management System?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of this issue, let’s take a look at what it is and how it works.

The Mazda battery management system is an onboard computer that monitors the condition of your car’s battery by measuring voltage, temperature, current and other factors. It also controls charging.

This Japanese technology is designed to prevent damage to your battery by ensuring it receives the right amount of power and alerts you if there are any issues with the battery or charging system.

What Does “Battery Management System Malfunction” Mean on a Mazda?

Now that you have a better grasp of how this system works, let’s discuss what it really meanswhen you come across the “Battery Management System malfunction” alert on your Mazda.

In simple words, this alert means that your car’s ECU has identified a problem with the Battery Management System and is informing you about it.

Several factors can trigger this, such as:

  1. Faulty alternator
  2. Ground connectivity problems,
  3. The worn-out serpentine belt,
  4. Loose or corroded terminals,
  5. and other potential issues.

In my experience, I have found that battery management system malfunction is usually caused by one specific issue, which I will explain shortly.

This occurs approximately 95% of the time.

What Causes Mazda’s “Battery Management Malfunction” Alert?

Now let’s look at the most common cause of this problem.

Bad Battery

As previously mentioned, there are several factors that can trigger this notification, but a faulty battery is the most frequent culprit.

Your Mazda’s battery is a crucial component that supplies the energy necessary to power up and start your engine, as well as various electrical features such as the radio and lights.

Given its significance, Mazda has installed a battery management system (BMS) that constantly monitors your vehicle’s battery condition and notifies you of any problems.

Over time the battery loses its capacity to charge properly and hold a charge for your car to operate normally.

The battery goes bad due to various reasons, such as

Normal Wear and Tear:

Over time, a battery experiences normal decay. This means that it loses some of its ability to hold a charge. This is due to the chemical reactions inside the battery slowly breaking down over time.

The battery can become fully discharged and unable to hold any charge whatsoever, which will cause your car not to start or run properly.

Cold Climate:

Your car battery performs optimally at room temperature or in warmer weather.  If you reside in a chilly climate, your battery may be susceptible to corrosion and lose its charge-holding capacity at a quicker rate. 

Additionally, if your vehicle isn’t frequently driven during the winter season, it may result in a weakened battery.

Corrosion:

If you reside in an area where the roads are heavily salted during winter, it can lead to corrosion and damage to your battery.

The lifespan of a Mazda battery usually ranges from 2-5 years, which may vary depending on factors like your driving frequency, climate conditions, and battery maintenance.

How to Fix and Reset the Battery Management Malfunction Warning on a Mazda

Now that I have explained the leading cause of this issue let’s look at what you need to do to fix and reset the fault.

The first thing I personally recommend is getting your battery checked;

If your battery is more than 3 years old, it is highly likely that it is on its way out and needs replacing.

You can take your Mazda to the nearest dealership, auto repair garage, or car parts store like Autozone to have it checked out.

Replacing the battery should fix and clear the “Battery management system malfunction” warning light.

Whether you have a Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, 6, or CX 3, CX 5, the cause and fix are the same.

If you’re still having problems with it after that, then you will need to check other things like the alternator (unlikely to fail on Mazda’s), battery connections, fuses, and even the alternator belt.

Additional Sources

https://owners-manual.mazda.com/gen/en/cx-5/cx-5_8ft1ee17b/contents/08070400.html

https://www.dyermazda.com/mazda-battery-service.htm

https://mazdas247.com/forum/t/2017-mazda6-battery-management-system-malfunction.123876791/

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