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#2 of 359 Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold
Feb 23, 2006 (12:13 pm)
I'm wondering if anyone has experienced the following: My Mazda5 produces an ugly sounding crunching, grinding noise from the front suspension whenever it is cold outside and I go over a large bump of some sort like a speed bump or a deep undulation where the suspension really articulates. It only happens when it's cold out, and since I live in NYC and we're in winter it gets cold out here.
I took it to my Mazda Service Center - and my 5 is still there - and they have checked everything out and said that everything is fine with the car and that they didn't find anything broken or worn or anything in the front suspension. Of course, I asked: "Then why is it making such a noise?" They explained the same thing to me that they explained the first time I took it a couple of months ago (see, I was growing worried since the noise was very disconcerting to me), which is that the type of suspension that the 5 has (E-type) can make noise in the cold whether when the rubber components rub against the metal components and in the cold it makes a harsh noise over larger bumps.
They said that whenever I go pick up my car that they will put it on the lift for me and take me under it to explain what they mean. I look forward to that, but in the meantime I wonder if any of you - especially the ones in Canada where it's really cold - have experienced this.
On a side note, my car has a strange tapping noise emanating from the dashboard anytime I go over any size or type of bump on the road at at least 20mph. The tapping is not obviously heard by passengers not familiar with the car unless you pay close attention to it, but it drives ME and my wife absolutely INSANE - especially at night when I like to drive in peach and quiet and all I hear is tap, tap, tap over any road irregularity. They are taking my dashboard apart to try and find the noise since one of their "technicians" finally heard it when I took him along for an umteenth road test. Previously, they thought I was crazy since they weren't able to hear anything, but this time around the tapping/clicking noise was pretty obvious. Anyone experience this?
#3 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [nissmazlover]
Feb 23, 2006 (1:07 pm)
The tapping noise on emanating from the dash may be the windshield wiper blades "popping" off the windshield when you hit a bump.
I had a similar problem with my Mazda3 till I replaced the OEM wipers with an aftermarket wiper.
It was really strange. Almost seemed like the OEM wiper blades was too light.
#4 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [nissmazlover]
Feb 23, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I have the same suspension noise problem. Have brought it to the dealer twice now and they don't have an answer. They are quite accomodating though. They always tell me to bring it in if I have a problem. But I always leave empty-handed. I read in another Mazda5 forum that Mazda is already aware of this issue and in the process of redesigning a suspension component to fix this. In my case, my right rear has had the crunching noise starting a week after I took delivery. The front noise only started about a month or two ago and is loud on cold mornings or rainy days.
#5 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [wuster]
Feb 23, 2006 (1:49 pm)
Hey, I actually never thought of that. Perhaps, that's it. Though thinking back on the noise it may not seem to me right now that the wipers could be the problem, perhaps they are and there is no hurt in finding out if it's so. When I get my car back, I will tape the wipers to the windshield and see if it continues making the tapping noise. Thanks for the insight and feedback!!! I REALLY appreciate it. You have NO idea how much that noise drives me INSANE!
By the way, what does OEM mean?
#6 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [isda65]
Feb 23, 2006 (1:52 pm)
You do have the same problem? REALLY? Thanks so much for letting me know. I appreciate it. I have posted about this before and no one has replied to it, so it's good to know that I'm not alone.
Now, where did you find out that Mazda is aware of this problem and that they are doing something about it in order to fix it?
And you are right, my Mazda service center is always very nice and accommodating, but I always leave empty handed since they always say that my car is totally fine. And you are right about the cold mornings and rainy days. That's exactly when I have the noise problem. It may not be anything important, but it sure does sound like something's broken. Thanks so much for responding to this. If you hear anything new about our problem, PLEASE keep me posted. Thanks!
#7 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [nissmazlover]
Feb 23, 2006 (6:13 pm)
Here's the link: http://www.msprotege.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=194
Click on the "5 Suspension, Rims and Tires" forum. There you will see the thread entitled "Front Right Suspension Crunching". You will find that we're not the only ones having this problem.
#8 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [nissmazlover]
Feb 23, 2006 (6:54 pm)
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer aka the car maker.
#9 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [nissmazlover]
Feb 24, 2006 (9:09 pm)
Regarding the tapping/clicking noise - whenever I am going between 5 and 35 mph and take my foot off the gas, I hear a clicking/rubbing noise from behind the dash. As soon as I put my foot back on the gas it stops. It is very annoying . As a result, I cannot stand to drive the car without the radio on. Does this sound like your problem or something different? BTW I have a 5 sp. manual.
I have heard the suspension noise a few times, but haven't worried about it. I live in a warmer climate than NYC.
#10 of 359 Re: Ugly Suspension Noise When Cold [platsilvmazda5]
Feb 25, 2006 (6:22 am)
Does it happen all the time or during or just after making a turn?
The steering rack on the Mazda5 is electric, so sometimes you'll be able to hear the electric motor humming during a turn or just after the turn.