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#340 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [davicho]
May 29, 2012 (6:18 am)
own a 2009 m5 with 80000 mile with rear suspension noise. going to replace shocks with koni FSD's and follow advice of lubing rear spring seats and possibly replacing bushings as you suggested, maybe end links. question: any advice at getting a comprehensive service manual for $50 or less? Also considering replacing front/rear springs in the process. any experience with this as to whether it would help (replacing springs)? thank you
#341 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [poohbear9]
May 29, 2012 (11:29 am)
You can probably find a used or even new shop manual in eBay for about that much. The front springs require a spring compressor to release the tension but the rears are very easy to remove and replace. You'll need a tower and a jack, remove the rear links from the lower control arm and the lower control arm bolt to the knuckle and springs come out. To install reverse the process but use the jack to compress the spring and lower control arm to fit the bolt.
#342 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [davicho]
May 31, 2012 (5:22 pm)
thanks. had dealer look at it and the noise was coming from the rear spring seat being worn and the spring isn't sitting exactly where it should and is rubbing the frame (housing) in which it sits. Going to replace the spring seat and clean and grease the area and keep an eye on it. the dealer sprayed some lube on the area and that has gotten rid of the noise but I imagine it will return soon.
Anyone have any experience with purchasing the DVD repair manuals on ebay? Actual hardcovers on ebay are selling for $150 for the 2009.
#343 of 361 2012 problems??
Jun 16, 2012 (3:33 pm)
We drove a Mazda 5 as a rental car a couple of months ago and loved it. We were planning to buy ... until we saw this thread. Are the suspension problems fixed on the 2012's? Replacing bushings and tires due to early wear makes the cost to operate quite high.
#344 of 361 5 shock absorbers / 47000 km
Jun 16, 2012 (6:52 pm)
Our 2009 Mazda 5 has gone through 5 shock absorbers in 47000 km. We tried getting resolution from Mazda Canada, they refused, calling this a "normal wear item".
Nice car, as long as you don't mind changing your shocks with your oil
Oh yeah, and the "creaking" continues.
#345 of 361 '09 Rear Suspension Clunk
Jul 11, 2012 (8:53 am)
With 19.5k on the odometer and 20 days or so left on 3/36 warranty we just had a blown driver-side shock replaced. The symptom was clunk noise over bumps. Dealer replaced just the one shock.
#346 of 361 2007 Grand Touring Front Suspension Noise
Jul 17, 2012 (8:38 am)
114K miles, and I finally bought a daily driver because I could not stand the noise from the front - it sounds like the wheels are about to come off. My mechanic replaced bushings, tie rods, etc, and told me "the only thing left to replace is the steering rack." I kept the vehicle for its utility but I can't handle the racket for more than an hour. It will keep me from buying a Mazda again - shame, as the vehicle is otherwise sporty to drive, and nothing has fallen off or broken.
#347 of 361 Re: 2007 Grand Touring Front Suspension Noise [lcostantino]
Jul 17, 2012 (12:29 pm)
After 114k miles, you have a noise that a bad mechanic can't fix ... and you are swearing off mazda for this. Alrighty then.
#348 of 361 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump
Aug 11, 2012 (1:23 pm)
Bought this 2008 Mazda5 GS in March 2012 with 48,000 km (SW Ontario, Canada). I have four small kids and didn't want to go in a minivan or SUV. The car is great and I also wanted a manual transmission which this car has. I knew that Consumer Reports had a black dot for suspension. So, I didn't really care about squeaking from the back or occasional scraping/grating noise from rear suspension that would appear when loaded car went over sped-bumps. However, a week ago the car developed a thumping noise from the front passenger side when going over bigger bumps. It would be nice if it's a front strut and that's all that needs replacement, but after reading postings on this forum thread, it could be many more things...
#349 of 361 Re: 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump [twister77]
Aug 13, 2012 (8:00 am)
Dont sweat it. It is very likely going to need struts or front sway bar bushing or both...nothing more.