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#186 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [bman9]
Mar 15, 2009 (7:28 am)
Our 2006 Mazda5 has developed the same problem. First, it was a metallic crunching noise from the right front. Dealer replaced the bushings and control arm, and everything seemed perfect. Later, some noise returned, and it's been back to the dealer several times. They swear everything is normal, but we're experiencing the same handling problems you describe. Every little bump, or roads with high crowns to them, causes the car to over-react, which makes it feel very unstable and unsafe.
We have figured out one small issue with noise. We have an aftermarked Mazda "bra" on the front of the car. When the car hits a bump (even at 15mph), the right front tire hits the fender and undoes one snap on the bra. This makes a loud metallic crunching noise, like a can being crushed. I wonder if the shocks/struts have gone bad, causing the front to dip more than it should, causing the tire to rub the body.
#187 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [tejasm5]
Mar 15, 2009 (8:28 am)
Like tejams5, I've read comments from a lot of folks who mention a crunching noise from the front right of the car. In the first 6 months of owning my 2007 Mazda5 Sport, I had a noise I would describe as a "squeaking" that increased in frequency with speed. It was most noticeable at low speeds, but it didn't seem to be prompted by steering input, braking. It was a mystery. It ultimately went away - and I never had it looked at by the Dealer. I'm now wondering if I should get the same "bushing and control arm" repair you had.
I'm interested in what repairs other people have had for this same front right noise issue.
With respect to the unstable twitching of the car when going over a bump at speed, I've been paying more attention when it happens. It feels like it's the rear suspension causing the problem. It rebounds too quickly or bounces up and down immediately after the bump, which prompts the need to quickly correct the steering. In my mind, this is the most serious issue - as there appears to be a safety risk.
#188 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [vg33e power]
Mar 15, 2009 (8:37 am)
I will be reviewing this issue with my Dealer - and will inquire about front struts and rear shocks. Thank you.
#189 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [bman9]
by vg33e power
Mar 16, 2009 (7:27 am)
Just to piggy back a little. I have gotten all four shocks/struts replaced by Mazda. Replacing the front struts made a huge difference in ride, handling and overall feel. The rear however, although still fairly new and not leaking feel very weak. When going over a dip at a speed of about 35-40mph the rear seems to bounce a bit to much for my liking. I was wondering if anyone here knows if Mazda3 rear shocks fit our MZ5s? If so, I am going to be looking for an aftermarket GAS shock replacement rather then the OEM soft HYDRAULIC shock. Gas shocks tend to be a bit stiffer and provide a better sporty, handling feel IMO, and since no one I know makes one specific to MZ5s, then I want to see if a MZ3 will be a direct fit.
#190 of 359 Still an issue in 09?
Jun 19, 2009 (10:38 am)
Quick question in regards to suspension - are those issues still present in 09?
#191 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather
Jul 07, 2009 (7:05 pm)
Regretfully I am now amongst the many who have to yet again take my Mazda5 in for creaking, very audible noise from the rear suspension - perhaps even new shock ( but I'm sure its the same old thing).
TSB below (13 pages)
I was pretty sure I had read somewhere that a Class Action Suit was in the thinking stages. After reading other forums, it seems that the time is right for such as stand. Mazda (aka Ford) don't think they need any bailout, right now but I suspect that consumers are a lot less tolerant of inferior workmanship and of being lead around the block by idiotic statements like " oh that's normal noise" or "we can't duplicate the issue" or any other lame excuse. It is the consumer who loses in the end with time wasted in dealing with problems that have not been resolved for a long, long time and presented itself in other Mazda vehicles (Protege) before the Mazda5 came on the scene in late 2005. It just can't be that hard to fix.
For myself, this is the last Mazda I will every own, not that I won't ever be caught with a lemon from another manufacturer, but I know there will be fewer to chose from later on.
#193 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [trishr1]
Jul 13, 2009 (10:23 am)
I have a 2006. I bought it with about 18000 miles. I have had it in to the dealer for a/c failure, door lock problems and the clunking suspension noise which has gotten progressively worse! They have replaced springs, bushings, arms etc. and nothing really helped. The last time they said a bolt was missing. I'm not a mechanic but the missing bolt was probably a symptom, not a cause. I took it to a local independent mechanic who said it looked to him like a manufacturing defect I live in AZ, so it's sure not related to cold! Now it's out of warranty, so I would sure go for a class action.
I'm definitely not happy with this vehicle.
#194 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [drgnldy9]
Jul 13, 2009 (11:13 am)
Forget the cold weather! I have a 2008 Mazda5 that sounds like an old squeaky sofa. I can't find a TSB that applies to this model. Anyone know of one?
#195 of 359 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [librarian56]
Jul 25, 2009 (8:54 pm)
This is all I could find for now. I subscribe (for free) to MyCarStats and receive notificiations regularly for my Mazda5.
NHTSA Item Number: 10023313
Service Bulletin #: 0102206
Vehicle/Equipment Make: MAZDA
Vehicle/Eqipment Model: MAZDA5
Model Year: 2008
Mfg Component Code: 021000 SUSPENSION:FRONT
Date of Bulletin: 2007-09-07
Date Added: 2007-11-14
Summary: FRONT CRANKSHAFT BOLT SERVICE WARNING. *NJ