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#30 of 94 engine noise/whine????
Jan 24, 2008 (8:19 pm)
Just bought a 2008 Mazda3 i touring 4 door sedan. Has anyone noticed a high pitched hum that comes from the left side engine compartment near the fan belt. It is always there but especially hear it when sitting at a stoplight or even if the accessories is on with the engine not running. Can hear it inside the car, but hear it most when standing outside. I talked to Mazda service and they said that this is common on all Mazda3's as it has to do with the electronic power steering - just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? It is kind of odd to consider it normal. Any and all input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
#31 of 94 high pitch noise
Jan 25, 2008 (2:04 pm)
Yes, I also noticed that on my 2008 i Touring. The pitch does change when you turn the wheel, so it is consistent with it being power steering. Supposedly, PS on this car is not purely hydraulic but is electric (I am not a techie). To my ear, it is (barely) audible but it sounds normal to me.
I never actually listened to it from outside the car. Should do it at some point, I guess.
#32 of 94 Re: engine noise/whine???? [pjade]
Jan 25, 2008 (6:23 pm)
Thanks for your reply. Yes, if you get time you should listen to it from outside the car and see what you think. I took my Mazda to the dealer today and they agreed the noise was a little louder than normal especially after starting 3 other ones that purred like kittens showing no kind of noise. It's going in the shop on Tuesday to investigate and hopefully fix it. I must say right now I'm a little disappointed. I'll keep you posted.
#33 of 94 Re: engine noise/whine???? [pjade]
Jan 30, 2008 (11:55 am)
I was wondering if you have heard back about the hum, I too just bought a 2007 i touring model and am experiencing the same sound. Thanks!
#34 of 94 Re: engine noise/whine???? [mazzz3]
Feb 01, 2008 (9:57 am)
Well, Mazda said that either there was air in the power steering system and they would need to bleed the system, if that didn't work it was probably a bad pump so they would replace that. Bleeding the system didn't work so now they have to order a new pump and it's going to be put in Friday. YIKES!!! Anyway, I hope that takes care of it. I'll let you know. Thanks!
#35 of 94 Re: engine noise/whine???? [pjade]
Feb 01, 2008 (11:37 am)
Bleeding the system didn't work so now they have to order a new pump and it's going to be put in Friday. YIKES!!!
Relax. It's a simple procedure that will likely fix the problem.
#36 of 94 2007 Mazda 3 stalling
Feb 04, 2008 (8:37 am)
My 2007 Mazda 3 has approx 10,000 miles on it. Today, while I was idling at a red light, it stalled and the check engine, battery and low oil lights all came on. I turned the car off, restarted it and it was fine. I now have to take it in to the dealer to have this checked out. I'm really bothered by this as I drove a 1994 Saturn for 13 years that NEVER stalled once!!!
Is anyone else having these problems??
#37 of 94 how do you change the ac belt
Feb 04, 2008 (8:53 am)
I was wondering how does the ac belt come off. It is a 2.3l motor and this belt just wraps the harmonic balancer and the ac compressor pulley. There are no tension pulleys. What gives to get this belt off. Thank you in advance.
#38 of 94 car won't start sometimes
Dec 13, 2006 (7:07 pm)
We have a 2005 Mazda 3 that about a month ago wouldn't start. We had it towed to the dealer and the next day it started fine. The dealer couldn't recreate the problem. Since then, about once a week, the car decides not to start. The lights and radio work fine, but nothing happens when you turn the ignition. No noise, nothing. It's been at the dealer now for a week! and they say it's been working fine. Does anyone have any ideas? How do I handle this with the dealer?
#39 of 94 car won't start sometimes by barbpol
Dec 15, 2006 (12:39 pm)
This is not a common Mazda3 problem -
My neighbor had a similar problem with a Pontiac. It would not start - acted like a dead battery - but the lights - horn - radio still worked - tried jump starting but still nothing - not even a click out of the starter.
So she had it towed - as soon as it got to the shop it would start right up - a dozen or more times with no problem.
She went though this a second time - and then the mechanic determined it was a starter problem -
The starter had a "bad spot" on the commutator, the electrical section of the armature that contacts the brushes. When the starter motor was at one spot in its rotation the electrical connection was bad - so no flow of electricity. The motion when the car was towed into the shop was enough to move the parts so that the electrical connection was good enough to work.
As far as handling it with the dealer that could be tough - has the car ever not started while at the dealer?