2013 Mazda MAZDA3 lights problems: headlights flicker when brakes applied

Headlights Flicker When Brakes Applied

2013 Mazda MAZDA3

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Mazda dealer.

5.3

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
33,441 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. computer update (2 reports)
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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 102017

MAZDA3 I Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2013 Mazda3 front headlights were flickering/dimming when brakes applied at night. Noticed while driving through some dense fog driving down a sketchy road in San Diego.

Luckily, just go to your local Mazda Dealer and ask for a software update on the vehicle, they fixed it for me within an hour and I haven't had an issue since.

- , Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #5

Jan 052017

MAZDA3 Hatchback

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles

This is a continuing issue - never noticed it under Daylight Savings Time, but a lot of driving in the dark in the winter months. I'm afraid someone ahead of me will think I'm trying to signal them in some way. Flickering when braking/decelerating from anywhere above 40 mph. Glad to hear it's maybe not idiosyncratic to my vehicle.

Update from Jan 27, 2017: Took it into the dealer, and it's now fixed under warranty. Per work order: "PCM not commanding enough power from alternator as per TSB 01-019/13.. verified concern. Per TSB updated PCM software. OK now. XXJ9FXFX / 0.3 hours."

Update from Feb 12, 2017: Dealer found a Technical Service Bulletin on the issue; simple software update fixed it! And under warranty ;-)

- , Grosse Pointe Park, USA

problem #4

Nov 272015

MAZDA3 I 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Took the car to the dealership and they "updated the programming" for the headlights. after a few months the problem came back. Now also the lights flicker when the steering wheel is being turned.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 302013

MAZDA3 Sedan 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

It's very annoying for my lights to dim down every time I press the brake, especially if I'm going downhill and want to see.

- , Bonne Bay, NL, Canada

problem #2

Feb 062016

MAZDA3 Touring 2.0L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

This problem is getting worse. I want to find a solution.

- , Redmond, WA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 112014

MAZDA3 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,295 miles

My concern is the unknown. Is this going to continue with no further issues or is it going to get worse? Will the headlights go out someday? or will/how will the brakes be effected???

Appears to be a problem with many more Mazdas than mine.

- , Edmonds, WA, USA

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