Mazda Mazda3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Mazda Mazda3

Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Rattle From Rear Suspension Due to Loose Stabilizer Bar Links

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.

Vibration Felt at 55 mph

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

Check Engine Light/Trouble Code Due to Stuck Open Thermostat

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).

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Mazda Mazda3 Questions

should there be an open hole in my oil pan? (1 answer)

its about 1 inch in diameter and may be for breathing? I found the hole the other day and it was plugged with what looked like a cork screw. I believe it was plugged when I had an oil change. I have not had any accidents or went over any major bumps. Should this hole even be there?

How much would a new computer for the 2006 Mazda 3 cost? (1 answer)

Could the AT warning light that came on have been responsible for my transmission slipping? (1 answer)

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Mazda Mazda3 Recalls

Fuel Leaks, Engine Stalls

The fuel tank shut off valve may allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emission system unintentionally. This may result in a fuel leak to the ground and engine stalling. Dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut off valve and replace it as necessary, as well as replace any further affected fuel tank emissions system components free of charge to correct the concern.

Charging System May Fail

The powertrain control module (PCM) may incorrectly assume that the charging system has failed, in the event that water causes slippage of the alternator belt. This can cause needed vehicle accessories and functions such as power steering or windshield wiper operation to fail. Dealers will reprogram the PCM with updated software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Windshield Wipers May Not Function

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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Mazda Mazda3 Reviews

My 2005 Mazda 3 BURNS OIL. Especially noticeable when the car sits over night - clouds of smoke emitted. When speaking with several different oil change shops and mechanics I hear this is a common problem. Recently I ran into 2 Mazda 3 owners who lost their engine entirely. Is there a recall on this issue. Am going to start a face book page to learn how many such Mazda 3 owners have/are suff...
Second time Mazda 3 owner. First was 2006, this one 2010. Major heater issue!!! I am unable to control heat, it is super hot on all settings. Mazda will not honor warranty and fix the heat and sadly left car with coolant smell trying to fix. Now I have too hot heat and coolant smell. If only I had known that Mazda's new car warranty is only words on a piece of paper. Corporate Mazda no help, ju...
I have had my 2005 mazda 3s 5 door for less then a year it only has about 88,000 miles and its been nothing but problems. To start in the winter time ice builds up and causes it to shake really bad. Had to crawl underneath and brake the chunks of ice away several times. Then at our routine oil change they told us we were 2 quarts low. We have no oil leaks or anything top end or bottem end. My m...

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