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2008 Mazda Mazda3

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A Loose rear stabilizer bar link can cause a rattling noise from the rear suspension while driving on rough roads. Our technicians tell us if the rear stabilizer bar and links are not found to be loose, there are updated sway bar bushings available which should correct this problem.

Engine -- Verified

Some vehicles may experience Check Engine Light illumination with a trouble code indicating the thermostat is stuck open. The thermostat will need to be replaced with a modified one and there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).

Engine -- Verified

A vibration felt at 55 mph may not be a tire problem. Mazda has revised motor mounts available which may help remedy this problem.

Brakes -- Verified

The rear brakes can squeak because the rear brake pad may be contacting the brake rotor. A burr on the backing plate of the brake pad can prevent the pad from seating in the bracket properly causing the contact with the rotor. The backing plate and the pad support hardware can be deburred in the contact areas. Mazda has also released revised brake pads.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

If the steering effort feels heavy, this can be caused by a power steering fluid leak. Some models may have burrs on the return port of the power steering reservoir that create a gap between the hose and the port. Sanding the burrs off the port and replacing the power steering return hose is the repair for this concern.

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 15, 2011

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The ground terminal of the windshield wiper motor may have been bent during vehicle assembly. Due to the bent terminal, over time, the electrical resistance of the motor circuit may increase to the point that the windshield wipers may stop working. Loss of wiper function in adverse weather could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the wiper motor to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin by July 15, 2011. The Mazda recall number is 6411F.

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Suspension & Steering, September 15, 2010

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Mazda is recalling 2007–2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles due to a sudden loss of power steering assist that can occur at any time. A sudden loss of power steering assist adversely affects the driver's ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Starting in September 2010, Mazda will mail notification letters to owners with information about the recall.

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Questions and Answers

Birdie, 2008 Mazda Mazda3, w/o Turbo, Jacksonville, AR

when car is turned off a red flashing car sign shows on the dash, but when car is turn on it does not show.

jwm7976, 2008 Mazda Mazda3, Boyertown, PA

Front windshield wipers are not working, but rear is. They stopped in the middle of a recent MAJOR rainstorm. I drove an hour and a half in heavy rain after they stopped. What a rush! Had to get to...

dgrizzly617, 2008 Mazda Mazda3, Tewksbury, MA

When I get going in the morning, on the first or second shift with my standard transmission Mazda 3, I hear a noticeable "ping" from somewhere in the front end. It doesn't happen ag...

drumkey, 2008 Mazda Mazda3, Hanover, PA

After being serviced for the power steering assist recall 2 months ago the vibration has developed and become more and more noticeable the more I drive. It does not transmit vibration to the steer...

michaelross16, 2008 Mazda Mazda3, Annapolis, MD

I know it needs new spark plugs and replace air filter but doubt they are the problem. The check engine light is NOT coming on. I have heard about engine mount problems with Mazda 3. Is this a poss...

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews

I have a Mazda3 2008. I love this car I haven't run into anymajor car problem other than Wheel Rotor need to get resurface. I think it's my driving habit that cause the rotor to mess up. Other than that nothing major problem...

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