Last post on Nov 01, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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#355 of 359 Re: sea sick in the rear [davicho]
Sep 04, 2012 (11:26 am)
I found KYBs on Amazon. Bilstein does not make shocks for the 5. I replaced the rear shocks (how easy) and what a difference! I have always had a little trouble keeping this car straight - small corrections all the time - but no more!
The car is stable, the roads are smoother, the kids read in the back through 300 miles with no issues.
On the other side I want to respond to a previous post complaining about how thin the shocks look. I was not surprised by the OEM shock - it look beefy enough to me. The new KYB is even thinner. That actually does not matter one bit to the performance of this part. But all the other parts in the rear suspension did seem a little fleemsy to me. The arms are just bent tin. Same parts on Corolla are beefier. So.... I remember some people bought this car in Sport trim new for 15k-That's how you get there.
Anyway, front shocks are coming in! Happy for now!
#356 of 359 tires rotated
Sep 15, 2012 (5:20 pm)
So after changing the shocks the car is a dream to drive. Time to rotate tires. Costco said there are low and high points on my rear tires.... maybe time for new tires. They said probably the shocks were bad. No kidding!
I hope the tire wear will even out. I have these tires for 1 year and less then 10k.
I knew about this possibility before I bought the car but I didn't think it can be this severe and with such $$$ consequences.
If I would buy another one of these I would change the shocks right away. The expense will amortize by extending the life of the tires.
My question: will these square tires wear my new shocks prematurely?
#357 of 359 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed!
Oct 31, 2012 (9:45 pm)
Well, a pair of Monroe front struts fixed it. It needed the alignment too. It drives really nicely now. Back to standard squeaking from the back or occasional scraping/grating noise from rear suspension (that I don't care much about anyway). Glad this was taken car of!!
#358 of 359 Re: 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed! [twister77]
Nov 01, 2012 (8:00 am)
Replace your rear shocks if you haven't done so already. Our MZ5s love to dine on rear shocks quicker then you think. I also started getting the rear crunch noise and I replaced my rear sway bar bushings with aftermarket urethane bushings as well as beefier aftermarket sway bar links and the noise was still there. I lastly checked my rear shocks which initially I didn't think it would be because they had been replaced about 20K miles ago...well....the noise was actually coming from there. Replaced the rear shocks and now it is silent. Unfortunately rear shock design is weak and they go out very quickly (20K- 40K miles) tops.
#359 of 359 Re: 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed! [davicho]
Nov 01, 2012 (9:26 pm)
Thank you for the advice. My mechanic told me that previous owner already replaced the rear shocks, so I will just leave it as it is. Thanks again for you replies.