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Mar 11, 2011 (4:34 pm)
My 2009 Mazda3 with only 12k miles - Brakes Squeaking/grinding when in Reverse and for the first km of driving. Brakes are very sensitive during this period. It usually occurs after car wash or rain/snow storm. After driving for 1 km or less it goes away. Iím led to believe Mazda has issued a service bulletins to correct this problem with caliper & brake pad replacement. My daughterís 2010 Mazda3 does not experience this problem. Anyone else with this problem and/or type of Dealership fixes under warrenty?
#4692 of 4991 2009 Mazda 3 auto trans
Mar 11, 2011 (7:42 pm)
I posted a message about dealer maintenance in another thread because they were trying to up sell me additional services(Engine Flush,Injector cleaning). They did say the trans fluid was dirty which it was. I took the 2.3 auto trans car with 19,000 miles to an independent shop and he flushed the trans with Valvoline MaxLife V-324. I don't think this fluid is designed for the Mazda 3. The Manual states ATF M-V I went to Valvoline website and I can't find any reference to Mazda 3 and that fluid. Can anyone enlighten me a bit here?
Mar 15, 2011 (7:30 pm)
My check engine light is on with error code P2004- Shutter valve stuck open. The dealer told me to replace the whole manifold (which didn't make sense to me) but I changed it anyway. After replacing it with a used part, the same code came back on. The dealer is telling me to replace the manifold because the one I put on is bad. What are the odds that both manifolds have the same exact shutter valve problem? Is this a part that should be recalled if it's consistently a problem? Since the shutter valve is just a plastic flap, should't the valve, hose, wire, or actuator that controls the flap need to be replaced, not the manifold itself?
#4694 of 4991 Replacement Rims for 2005 Mazda 3
Mar 17, 2011 (4:19 pm)
I have a rim that is corroding and needs to be replaced. I have checked some websites that sell 2005 Mazda 3 17" rims, but there seems to be 4 different options and I can't figure out which is the right choice as they all seem to be silver alloy 17" rims. Does anyone know how to determine the correct rim. I am wondering if I call the Mazda dealership if they can provide me a specific part number to determine the right choice. Thanks.
#4695 of 4991 Re: Replacement Rims for 2005 Mazda 3 [mekrain]
Mar 17, 2011 (11:01 pm)
"I have a rim that is corroding and needs to be replaced. I have checked some websites that sell 2005 Mazda 3 17" rims, but there seems to be 4 different options and I can't figure out which is the right choice as they all seem to be silver alloy 17" rims."
The 17" alloy wheel design and appearance was identical on 2004-2006 models! The only "possible" exception is on the 2005 sp23 sedan and 5-door, which are the same design but appear to have a slightly different finish. The reason I say "possible" is because I can't find any documented proof that the sp23 had a unique wheel finish, but most Mazda enthusiast sites agree that it had more of a satin-like finish. Unless your 2005 is one of those limited production Carbon Grey sp23 models, it's a moot point.
I'm not sure why you're seeing four different 17" wheels, but most sites list two 17" variants for 2004 thru 2006. They are identical in appearance but one is noted "Hitachi" and the other "Lio Fung" and they are PRICED the same! Hitachi and Lio Fung are the two suppliers than manufactured these wheels for Mazda. Whether a particular vehicle left the factory with wheels from Hitachi or wheels from Lio Fung is/was totally random!
For the purposes of wheel replacement and matching, they are interchangeable and it doesn't matter which you ones you choose! With that said, most enthusiast forums/sites suggest choosing the "Hitachi" if given the option. The Hitachi is made in Japan and the Lio Fung is made in China. The Lio Fung is "allegedly" of lower quality than the Hitachi, but there is no proof, just hearsay and opinions that seem to be based on the stereotype that a product made in China is inherently low quality.
I have a 2006 Mazda3 s 5-door (all U.S.-spec 5-doors had the 17" alloys in 2006...the only 's' model lacking them was the 's' Sport (or base) 4-door sedan, which had 5-spoke 16" alloys. Back in 2008, I ran off the right shoulder of the road to avoid a head-on collision with a Chevy Suburban. It was 3-4 feet over the double yellow line into my lane and I met it in a sharp curve. The car's amazing handling capabilities saved my life because I had less than 50 feet to maneuver out of the Suburban's path and we were both traveling as 45-50mph! No other car I've ever driven would have been able to swerve that quickly while still maintaining total control and stability! I have no doubt that my Mazda3 saved my life that day! =)
....To Be CONTINUED.,....
#4696 of 4991 Re: Brake Noise [gsimonds]
Apr 06, 2011 (7:57 am)
I think that is common for the 2009 Mazda 3. When there is moisture on the brakes they squeal when going in reverse, and only when first moving the car. If you have a grinding noise that would be a separate issue. I have the 2009 Mazda 3 as well and if it has been wet or raining the brakes will squeel in reverse when i first take the car out in the morning(after it has been sitting all night). That quickly passes though once the brakes dry out(20 seconds or a bit more). This is a known event and not an issue!
#4697 of 4991 Bad Fuel? or Fuel Filter? or Fuel Pump?
May 01, 2011 (3:11 pm)
So I have a manual 2008 Mazda 3, and just recently as I was driving, my car started to sputter, like jerk 2 times, and then continue, jerk 2 times, and continue.... it was basically the jerking feeling that happens when you start to go to slow for the gear that you are in until the car stalls out. Sometimes when I would try to accelerate, it wouldn't. I pulled over, turn off the car. It started back up fine, but the sputtering still continues. Once when it sputtered, the battery light even flashed on real quick but went away. I just had put new gas in the car (it's still over the "Full" line) too. Is this likely to be a bad batch of gas? A problem with the fuel filter? Or is my fuel pump about to go out? Thanks!
#4698 of 4991 Re: Bad Fuel? or Fuel Filter? or Fuel Pump? [zcarrera629]
May 01, 2011 (3:27 pm)
I'm thinking probably none of the above. Were I in your shoes I'd have the OBD-II codes read; they'll at least point you (or more probably your mechanic) in the right direction.
With the above said, I'd be looking at the oxygen sensors before anything else.
#4699 of 4991 stereo problems, HELP
May 01, 2011 (5:45 pm)
My Mazda 3, year 2006, today I went to get into my car and the stereo speakers were popping, 2 times every 5 seconds... not a fuzzy pop, but almost like a bass pop sound. And it was doing that without the key in it. so then I got in , and the stereo won't work at all. It won't turn on, it'll spit out cd's and take them in, but nothing else. What should I do? what is going on? I don't know anything about cars except how to change my oil, check fluids, and gas it up... literally. HELP
#4700 of 4991 Re: stereo problems, HELP [jae04]
May 02, 2011 (2:06 pm)
the stereo speakers were popping, 2 times every 5 seconds... not a fuzzy pop, but almost like a bass pop sound. And it was doing that without the key in it. so then I got in , and the stereo won't work at all. It won't turn on, it'll spit out cd's and take them in, but nothing else.
Is the fuse blown?
Have you tried the radio to see if it's working?
Does the word "CD" appear in the display?
Is something stuck inside the CD player (like a bad CD or a CD label)?