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#356 of 361 tires rotated
Sep 15, 2012 (4:20 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 361 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed!
Oct 31, 2012 (8:45 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 361 Re: 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed! [twister77]
Nov 01, 2012 (7:00 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 361 Re: 2008 Mazda5 GS Front Suspension Thump - Fixed! [davicho]
Nov 01, 2012 (8:26 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.
#360 of 361 Suspension on 06 Mazda 5
Nov 25, 2013 (1:48 pm)
#361 of 361 Suspension on 06 Mazda 5
Nov 25, 2013 (1:48 pm)
Ok, I literally just bought this car- used from a Honda dealer. It was a trade in obviously. It test drove amazing, with 77k miles on it. I bought it and immediately drove it 300 miles back to my hometown, and suddenly the suspension is squeaking/creaking and just seems a bit stressed. I also live in a very snowy/cold region. I don't mind the lousy snow performance, I can take the bus on bad weather days (Im a grad student)... However, for paying $7k I do not think the car should have any suspension problems!! I have 90 days to bring it back to the dealer under the lemon law. Should I make them fix it or should I try to switch the car out altogether? The tire situation does not look like fun either... I do not have the money to buy new tires every year!