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#8015 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [kinko]
Apr 09, 2007 (2:33 pm)
I'm glad I read the thread about issues with MPV steering.
My wife's '04 MPV (LX with Sport Package) squeeks when I turn the steering wheel, and I only noticed it when I drove it recently. I'll have the dealer look at it when I take it in for service next time.
I replaced the OEM 17" Dunlop front tires with Michelin Hydroedges at 18,431 miles. While I was disappointed with the Dunlop's wearing out so quickly, I was surprised to find out the Michelins wore out in less than 23,000 miles.
Has anyone had better luck with wear on 17" tires?
#8016 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [shirohniichan]
Apr 09, 2007 (7:06 pm)
My MPV is still being worked on by the friendly Polar People.
It's been over a week now. No worries, I'm still driving their rental Malibu. Nice unit. I hope this will all be a distant memory soon.
I thought the initial tires on my MVP really sucked. THey lasted 20K miles very poor!
The Turanzas are softer, but are great over the road and super on water! Snow is a different story though.
I have 16" wheels on my LX with static balancing - weights on the inside of the wheels.
#8017 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [shirohniichan]
Apr 10, 2007 (5:22 am)
I've got 27,000 on my OEM Dunlops, which probably have another 5,000- 8,000 miles on them.
Since both sets of tires you've owned have worn prematurely, I'd say there is something wrong with your vans suspension... or your driving habits, properly inflated.
#8019 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [jipster]
Apr 10, 2007 (8:13 am)
I checked the inflation this morning and found the fronts to be at 30 psi. I'll add another 5 psi.
If anything is wrong with the suspension, it must be a very slight camber issue with the front left wheel. The outside is only slightly more worn than the inside. No tires are cupped or unusually worn on one side.
#8020 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [tcc21]
Apr 10, 2007 (10:26 am)
the steering wheel's noise level on mine has came dowe a lot since the last time dealer had put grease in it. It could get worse as the outside temperature is high.
#8021 of 8223 Re: Finally! Mazda will fix my issue on 2003 MPV! [shirohniichan]
Apr 10, 2007 (10:52 am)
I've read a few instances of the OEM Dunlops wearing out prematurely in late teens. Most though have worn out mid-late twenties to mid thirties. That your Hydroedge would wear out at 23,000 miles is unheard of. Those are a 80,000 mile tire I believe. Even at 30 psi, which really isn't that bad, to result in such drastic wearing and no cupping or unusualy wearing.
I think I would take the van in and have it looked at where you bought your tires. I also have the Hydroedge on my list of possible buys when I replace the OEM Dunlops.
#8022 of 8223 Steering Squeak and Front Creak Update
Apr 11, 2007 (8:19 pm)
Got my van back from the friendly Polar Bear people and it seems to be solid. The weather has been poor to test out the squeak and creak though - wet and cold is not the best weather to hear this noise. Once it warms up this weekend and dries up here in the Twin Cities, I'll know for sure if we have this thing licked. $1300 was the final bill plus 10 days of a rental car - all covered by that extended warranty I deliberated in buying in 2003! I think it's paid for itself now! Perserverance paid off - 3 years of pestering them. Don't just stand for a grease job of the steering mechanism; get the rack replaced!
#8023 of 8223 Re: Steering Squeak and Front Creak Update [tcc21]
Apr 12, 2007 (9:03 am)
Do you notice anymore those front-end rattle and vibration?
Did you buy the Extended warranty from the Mazda dealer or those online warranty sites.
I've been shopping online but I hate those follow-up calls from their hungry sales peresons. My Mazda warranty will last till next March, and I am thinking about buying that as an insurance mainly on the transmission.
#8024 of 8223 Re: Steering Squeak and Front Creak Update [kinko]
Apr 12, 2007 (3:04 pm)
Front end seems tight and even a bit stiff in the steering.
No more squeak yet. There still is a creak though when going over speed bumps or high dips, etc. from the front end. No rattle anymore yet either. I thought this was to take care of the CREAKING too, but that must be another issue! I bought an extended warranty - 100K miles or 6 years for 1600 dollars when I bought the car. I made SURE it was a MAZDA approved warranty with NO DEDUCTABLE and with rental coverage! There are many lesser types around...be careful to be sure it can be used at ANY AUTHORIZED Mazda dealer...not just some!