These are some basic tips and maintenance procedures that will keep your rotary running smoothly and strong for many
Oil Change: This, as with all motors, should be one of the most important maintenance procedres.
The oil should be drained and changed with oil of proper viscosity, along with a new filter every 5,000 miles or 5 months
(non-turbo), and every 3,000 miles or 3 months for turbo rotaries as is recomended by Mazda. However if you want your rotary
to last for a long time and keep it in top shape, change it every 3,000 miles or 3 months or so.
Warning!!!: It is important that the oil is changed with non-synthetic mineral motor oil. The
use of synthetic oils will cause damage to the apex seals of rotors and all other seal in the engine.
Synthetic motor oil= artificially created, non-natural, chemically produced motor oil to help lubrication in
Checking The Oil Level: This is just as important. The rotary is a high oil consuming engine. It is
estimated to consume at about a pint every 1,000 miles, but of course like all engines, as it gets older the more oil
it may consume so it is best to check more often. The oil level is recomended to be checked at about every fill up
of gas if not at least once a month. For abnormal driving conditions (Racing, Drifting, Mountain driving, or over 100
miles a week) should be checked about once a month. If low or even depleated below the first bar it is best to top it off
using NON-SYNTHETIC motor oil.
Check The Tire Pressure: You should do this at least once a month, to make sure your tires
are inflated properly. Improperly inflated tires can cause the engine to work harder, decreasing fuel economy and putting
more stress on the engine, as well as loosing power. Other effects could be abnormal wear in the threads also.
Checking Other Fluids: Althought they are not really part of the engine it self, the brake, clutch,
and power steering fluid should be checked at least once every month, and if below the full line top of with correct
fluids of correct viscosity. The low fluid levels could cause wear and damage in its components.
Another major must check fluid is the coolant. Check the coolant level when the engine is cool, when the engine is hot
the coolant is less in the resevor since it is being passed through the cooling system. Add coolant of 50/50 mixture of coolant
and water if below full line when engine is cool. Adding coolant to hot engine could cause damage to the system or the engine.
It is also Important to check the quality of the coolant at least once a year with a coolant checker found cheap
at almost any auto store. What it is, is a eye dropper looking thing with little colored beads in it which tell you, with
the amount of beads floating, what is the max heat tempreature is. If the coolant is no good (usually last about 5 years)
flush the system and fill with new 50/50 mixtue of coolant and water. Flushing also helps clean the system of any damaging
particals such as rust.
Checking The Belts: Most rotary engines have 4 belts. One for the air pump, one for the alternator,
air conditioning compressor and the power steering pump, which is all connected to the eccentric shaft pulley (which makes
the rotors spin). These belt should be checked at least once a month for any damage such as cracks, grease, being
glazed, etc. Don't forget to check under the belt as well, and if damaged have it replaced with a new one. A broken belt in
the middle of no where can be a real pain.
Checking Spark Plugs:
If you've been to the link to the site where they show how a rotary works, About Felix Wankel's Rotary Engine
you should know that the spark plugs play an important role in the rotary engine as it does with any other engine. Checking
the spark plugs at least every 2-3 months or best if every month
will prevent any spark plug failures and loss of
preformace, and make sure that the engines ignition works smoothly.