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Mazda CX-9, Suspension, SUV
#11 of 25 Re: Front end noise [vg33e power]
Dec 15, 2009 (9:36 pm)
Wow, is it really working? Why can't Mazda find soemthing that simple out themself? This whole squeaking and clonking noise, like an old spring loaded sofa in grandmother's garden shack, started after only 3000 miles with my 2008 CX9. I had the struts and shocks replaced at about 10k but the noise came back after only a view weeks. When I asked my dealership to have this checked again they pretended they couldn't hear anything!!! One of their technicians even told me that this would be perfectly normal and acceptable for a car that size after I took him for a spin and demonstrated him the unmistakable sofa noise. Anyway, thanks for the tip with the bump stops. I'll try that out this weekend!
#12 of 25 Re: Front end noise [euphonic]
by vg33e power
Dec 16, 2009 (7:40 am)
Still no noise after lubing up bump stops with white lithium grease. It has been a little more then a month now and even with torrential rain we had all last week still no noise. Awesome cheap fix!
#13 of 25 Re: Front end noise [vg33e power]
Oct 24, 2011 (7:48 am)
Hi vg33e power:
I hope you check this out... I have an 07 CX-7 which actually has a similar problem. Low-pitched squeak/groan at low speeds over bumps/dips and making left turn (intermittent) as well as the click-click sound changing gears.
This sounds like the same issue you had, think it is worth trying out your fix?
I've read a TSB for the CX-7 and it says the rubber isolator wears prematurely and causes the low-pitched squeak.
But your fix is nearly free, is it easy enough for a non-automotive guy to do?
#14 of 25 Re: Front end noise [emgee11]
Oct 24, 2011 (2:07 pm)
Hello, I have since made a new username but to answer your question...yes it is a very easy fix that anyone can do. As long as you have a floor jack or if you want to put some elbow into it and use the spare tire jack that Mazda provides. All you have to do is jack up one side at a time as to fully extend the suspension and spray away at the strut rod and the rubber bump-stop.
As far as the clicking goes. Mine still does it but I have learned to live with it and ignore it. There is also a fix for it but I have not gotten around to do it nor do I know if I will ever get around to it since it doesnt bother me that much.
Hope this helps.
#15 of 25 Re: Front end noise [davicho]
Oct 30, 2011 (11:04 am)
I'm glad that I found this post because my issue is very similar, yet different and it's got the dealership stumped. I'll describe it as well as possible and hopefully someone else can identifying with this problem. Our CX-9 is a 2008 that we bought way back with only 10,000 miles on it; now has about 73,000.
I'll start by saying that I'm very mechanical; I do most of my own repairs on our older cars like 1990 Montero, 1993 and 1994 Volvo 940's, and a 1992 Volvo 240 wagon, especially suspension, brakes exhaust, etc.
Whenever the car accelerates, there is an obvious wobble feeling in the driver's side front wheel. When I go over a slight bumps or speed bumps, the same wheel makes a squeak and bumping noise like something is loose. When you accelerate quickly, the wobble is worse but eases off as you back off of the throttle.. It's also prominent when turning to the right and there is more pressure on the left side.
I've been to the dealer 4 times and they keep telling me that the car is fine!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! They first said it was out of balance wheels, then defective tires (Pirelli Scorpions that are still 50-60%)...Discount tires took each wheel off and showed me that they are all fine.
I'm so discouraged because I really like this car and think that it's one of the best that we've owned (comparing it to Volvo xc70, Dodge minivan, and new Montero) but this is a pain in the neck and I'm ready to get rid of it.
Any similar experiences; any ideas?
#16 of 25 Re: Front end noise [leobreau]
Oct 31, 2011 (7:26 am)
I think what you have here is two separate issues. The "wobble" and the "noise". Unfortunately I can't help you with the wobble other then to speculate on the root from it. As far as the suspension noise, I guarantee you that the fix is a simple lube job on the strut rod as described previously. Now as far as your wobble...
1. Bad strut
2. Bent axle shaft
3. Bad half shaft or half shaft bearing
#17 of 25 Re: Front end noise [leobreau]
Nov 04, 2011 (9:18 am)
The lube fix as described by the original poster worked for me as well! I siliconed the strut shaft, moved the bump stop several times and for two weeks running now not a peep! Fantastic and simple.
As for wheel wobble, I would assume the dealership would have checked the wheel bearings??? I'm not sure if they could develop enough slop/play to cause symptoms like you described. Worth a quick check yourself.
#18 of 25 Squeaking spring clanking noise right front pass
Dec 07, 2011 (12:36 pm)
Should have checked this site before going to dealer this morning. They just rotated tires and lubed suspension and "could not replicate noise". Mine only happens when going in reverse (out of parking spaces, etc). Will have to DIY with my husband on the bump stops or take it to my mechanic - I have a 2009 CX9 still under warranty.
#19 of 25 Re: Front end noise [davicho]
Dec 07, 2011 (1:09 pm)
Thanks for replying and the info.
Shortly after finding your posting, I did just what you described. I wiped down the strut shaft as best as I could and sprayed a silicone lubricant in there. Slid the bump stop up'n'down a pile and ever since no more groaning/creaking. Beautiful! And so far it has lasted, even now with the slush, salt and sand we have on the roads too.
As for the clicking... in my case it turned out to be a No.3 engine mount (passenger side). It has a slow leak and has been losing oil for close to 6 months now. The clicking is quite pronounced and there is more engine noise as we get more vibrations in the frame of the car. Going to have the No.3 engine mount replaced in the next week or so - just got to call in an appointment.
#20 of 25 Re: Front end noise [emgee11]
Dec 09, 2011 (8:16 am)
I am glad that the shock rod lube worked for you. Have you noticed any leakage on the floor from the #3 motor mount? I still have the "click-click" noise myself but I have not noticed any leakage on the floor. Mine may still be the splines...I have not gotten to them nor do I know if I ever will, I've managed to get used to the "click-click" not very bothersome to me anymore. I'll inspect my #3 momtor though just for kicks! Thanks!