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#57 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [nissmazlover]
Jan 14, 2009 (2:03 pm)
Own an 06 and an 08. The 08 dashboard taps more than the 06 when very cold, weird (maybe because is newer?). I prefer to live with it than try to fix it. Disassembling the dashboard will loose something else up which will eventually start making noises, that is for sure, LOL
My engineering theory: the materials used by Mazda for the dashboard contract during cold weather more than for other car brands to the point of not fully touching the adjacent parts (gaps are created) and causing tapping noises when moving. Once the weather/temp gets into a decent value, the tapping disappears as the materials come back to its normal size (the gaps are gone)
As of how to fix it: filling the areas where we know gaps could exist with some foamy material. Now, would I do it? Is not bad for me with the radio on, so no
#58 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [coolmazda5]
Jan 14, 2009 (2:28 pm)
Well, I'm certainly not advocating that they do the whole dashboard changing thing since it didn't work for me. But, I know that my dealer did a really good job since the old dashboard was warped, and the new dashboard actually fit better and looked better constructed. But the tapping didn't go away.
And, yeah, I do the whole radio thing, too. Good sound system drowns out any other noises.
#59 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [nissmazlover]
Jan 14, 2009 (2:50 pm)
I understand. I always find something interesting about differences on both cars, now that you mention it the finish of the dashboard looks a little bit different. I've been also finding more differences (i.e. the quality of the keyfob materials), just silly ones but naturally improved.
#60 of 76 Re: Freezing door latches [what2get07]
Jan 14, 2009 (4:19 pm)
My experience with an 07 Mazda 5, I will never buy one again....... To put it bluntly.
I'll admit most Mazda 5s are good, but mine was a nightmare!
#61 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [coolmazda5]
Jan 31, 2009 (8:55 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2009 Mazda 5 (cracking sound coming from where the windshield meets the cowl). After two attempts at correcting how the the plastic that is just beneath the windshield wipers (the part where the water from the windshield drains into) was fastened to the cowl, the dealership ordered and installed an entire new assembly and the problem has gone away. Except for this issue, I've been pretty happy with my Mazda 5 so far. It has about 6000 miles on it. If this is the only problem that I have with it, I'll be grateful!
Jan 31, 2009 (9:58 pm)
During recent travel, we lost one of two keys to our 2006 Mazda 5. I assume they are expensive to replace, but have no idea the cost.
Has anyone out there had to replace a key? If so, what was the cost? Was it a big deal to get it? Any feedback will be appreciated.
#63 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [DaddoUSA]
Feb 06, 2009 (10:56 am)
Hey, I'd love to know if the noise/problem for you is still a thing of the passed. The dashboard/windshield rattle is at a fever pitch right now since it's been so cold here in NYC, and it's driving me insane again, as much as I try to ignore it. If that fix your talking about really does work, then I'd like the same to be done to my car. Thanks.
#64 of 76 Squeaking Rear Struts?
Feb 06, 2009 (11:02 am)
Although I am ECSTATIC about the new 08 (and on) 5's no longer having the perturbing suspension crunching in the cold weather, I've always noticed a very slight sqeak coming from my rear-right suspension when going over big bumps - such as speedbumps, big undulations, etc. I didn't make a deal out of it and didn't care. But, now that it's super cold here in NYC, I've noticed that the squeak has gone from barely noticeable, to very noticeable.
It seems as though it's a cold weather issue. It's, now, an outright SQUEAK, especially when there's someone heavy sitting in the back, middle row seats and, again, when I go over large bumps in the cold weather. Anyone have the same expenence?
When I had my '06, they had replaced the rear right side strut or shock (don't remember which one) without my asking since they said they found it leaking, which was why it was making a similar sound. Now my 08 is exhibiting a similar sound, only louder. Do you think it's leaking as well? Should I go in to have it checked out? Would love some advice, since I tend to be anal about things when other people don't think it's a big deal.
#65 of 76 Re: Lost Key [saftgek]
Feb 07, 2009 (11:34 pm)
unfortunately you will have to get one from the dealership as you need 2 working keys to create another one your self. And yes hey are rather expensive i think close to $300 when you add key and fob and programming.
#66 of 76 Re: "Cracking" Windshield Noise [nissmazlover]
Feb 07, 2009 (11:51 pm)
it is definitely because of water where that plastic cowling under the windshield is. I try to ensure I remove all the ice from the little vents where the water drains near the passenger end of the cowling under the wiper. This lowers the amount of moisture that get down there and then freezes and then can either make that creaking noise that sounds like the window glass is cracking or sometimes a bit of ice breaks off and kind of sounds like some piece of metal (just the sound the ice makes against the plastic). If it really bugs you insanely i am sure if you take the cowling off and put some tape or something against the fire wall where it meets it will change the resonate frequency an lessen the noise, not done it myself. I take it to a self wash and spray it on the wax setting into the area while I was the car.
Not sure if this assists you but gives you a few things to try.