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#1 of 104 mazda 3 'strange noises'
Aug 21, 2007 (2:09 pm)
Hi fellow zoomers -- I love my new 5D Mazda 3 Touring. Just a little concerned about some wheel squeaking when I back up or out of a parking space turning wheels left or right. Also, hear from front end when car first started in a.m. and/or after stationary a weird noise that is difficult to describe -- maybe like a strumming sound of a stringed instrument being 'plucked' only without a tune...bizarre, I know, but then again I am reading some of these discussions...enough said?
'Hoping it's like those who have said it 'went away' after awhile...dealer looked at car 1st week when hearing 'clicking' noise on acceleration -- they said splines had to be lubricated; a friend said it is normal 'engine backlash' to protect transmission? [sorry, not a mechanic -- drove another new one with dealer that did same thing...] Okay then, feedback anyone?????
#2 of 104 08 Mazda 3 Touring S 5-door hatchback
Sep 02, 2007 (11:46 am)
I have a moaning sound coming from the air conditioning unit. Anyone else with this problem? If so, was it fixed? Also, water leaks into the tail lights and the fog lights. Anyone else? Thanks.
#3 of 104 Re: mazda 3 'strange noises' [tali3]
Sep 08, 2007 (12:43 pm)
I don't know if this is the same sound, but I also hear a "clink" noise from the front end whenever I shift my car from Park to Reverse when the engine is 'cold'. Lately it's been two clink noises when I shift gears. I'm visiting the dealer later this week so hopefully they'll have an answer. I just bought my 07 Mazda3 i Sport last month.
#4 of 104 Re: mazda 3 'strange noises' [pogs8008]
Sep 15, 2007 (1:35 pm)
Follow up: I parked my 3 at the dealership the night before, since the 'clink' sound happens only when it's turned on for the first time that day. The service guys heard it, and checked the engine and mounts which they said were fine. Then they said they checked several other new cars and those cars made the same type of sounds. If anyone else has the same problem, do you know if this sounds right?
They did advise me to let the car warm up a little longer before shifting gears, and to press on the brake all the way down when shifting. It's only been a couple of days since I got my car back but I didn't hear the clink sound this morning when I did what they suggested.
Hope that helps.
#5 of 104 Re: mazda 3 'strange noises' [pogs8008]
Sep 26, 2007 (2:11 am)
I think (and hope) its just one of those things and is probably nothing. I had my 07'3s for almost 8 months now and from the beginning i heard those noises too. Its usually when i go from park to reverse for the first time in the day. I let the car warm for a little bit (until the rpm goes down to 1). I usually hear 2 clicks but a few times i heard only 1.
#6 of 104 Re: mazda 3 transmission noise
Oct 01, 2007 (8:06 am)
My brand new 2008 5dr Mazda3 Sport with the auto transmission has had the identical issue when shifting into reverse on a cold start. In fact I described it in the exact same way to my service tech. It is back at the dealer today getting checked out. Unfortunately the service tech said he couldn't replicate the sound from cold start, so they are now probably thinking I've dreamed it up. It's encouraging to see this posting so I know it's not a completely fluke thing, and also nothing that seems to cause any significant issues.
#7 of 104 Steering problem when parking
Mar 08, 2008 (3:33 pm)
I have a small problem, but I'm curious to get to the bottom of it. I just bought a pre-owned 2004 mazda 3 with 40,000 miles. The car is in great shape and I'm confident that it will go a long ways. I have noticed a strange sound when I'm parking or going really slow. It sounds like an old door creaking....and it seems random. If driven for a while the problem wont be there, but otherwise it is noticable. I've taken it to a mechanic and the car didn't do it. I have done some research and some people say bushings. I see how this would make sense, but I need the problem to happen when the car is actually being looked at...haha. Please let me know if anyone has encountered this problem, and what needs to be fixed for the problem to stop.
#8 of 104 Re: mazda 3 'strange noises' [tali3]
Apr 11, 2008 (4:44 am)
I just took my Mazda3 in this week for a sound I heard when I accelerate, just after backing up. The noise happens at about 10-15 mph, and I can also feel it through the gas pedal. It is the exact sound you are describing, but I notice it every time I reverse and then accelerate forward. The mechanic was able to duplicate it when I was in the car with him and told him how to recreate it. It seems that it happens only when reversing and turning the wheel, then accelerating forward. When we pulled into a lane of parallel parking spaces and backed up a few feet without turning the wheel before going forward, the noise did not happen. The mechanic agreed that it was strange; however, later on that day, they tested the other Mazda3s they had on the lot and they said that it happens on all of them. I've been living with it for a few months now, and nothing bad has happened, so I'm hoping it continues this way. At least I've logged my complaint with a Mazda dealer in case something happens later.
#9 of 104 Noisy parking [shlavek]
Apr 11, 2008 (12:33 pm)
Those pesky sounds can be annoying! Another area that I have found prone to creating noises are the brakes, especially if there is a film of rust that's developed when the car has been sitting for a while. The next time it happens, you may want to have a friend stand outside the car to identify the problem area (front/back, driver/passenger side) as it may give your mechanic something more precise to check.
#10 of 104 Re: Noisy parking [autonomous]
Apr 12, 2008 (9:07 am)
It's me again...so I took my car the the mazda dealer since it is still uder warranty, and it has been fixed! It is from faulty bushings...somewhere in the stearing and suspension linkage. I guess the bushings are liquid filled and when they leak and wear out they make that creeking noise. I have put maybe 1000 miles on since they have done the work and its perfect, no noises what so ever. Lucky they also caught the leaking motor mount when I was there...also another liquid filled part that went faulty. Only promblems now are crappy sqeeking brakes and found out I had 2 bent wheels. Went to the dealership I bought it from and they basicly told me to get lost and I cursed them all out. I ordered high performace rotors and pads, and hope they stop the pesky noise and improve the ride and braking...I will let you know. As far as the wheels...since I have the 17in ones they were about 800. I can't believe mazda wont stand behind the wheels and my mechanic can't believe it either. As far as noises I have seen described by others, they seem common when you do a little research. If your mazda dealer basically tells you to get lost go to a different one...luckly the one I went to was pretty good.