Mazda Mazda3 Repair and Maintenance

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

Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Rear Brakes Squeaking

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.

Airbag Warning Light Illuminated

Damaged wiring to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor may cause the Airbag Warning Light to illuminate.

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.

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Mazda Mazda3 Questions

Our Passenger side wiper stopped working. How much will it possibly cost to fix it? (1 answer)

We bought a car off EBay, and the passenger side wiper didn't work. Its like it wants to work like a small tick when we use the other one on the driver side. So I was wanted to get an estimate on how much it will possibly cost to fix or if it is just a simple fix that I can do at home?

Do you service a/c. An attendant said it was the compressor, not getting power. (1 answer)

Car was working good idling bad on its own an jus stop works engine crank not starting (1 answer)

Car was working good idling bad on its own an jus stop works engine crank not starting crank an cam sensor was change checks for broken wires were made wat could be the problem

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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

Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you definitely felt it on poor California roads. Oh and the rear view mirror causes a huge blindspot at four-way stops! Especially for this long-torso guy!
Nice interior materials, good ride, and good safety rating. Averaging 32 MPG on a commute that's about 50-60% city/traffic driving. Biggest downside in my opinion is that the A-frame creates a bad forward-driving blind spot that can hide a whole car when turning/pulling out at intersections.
Sold on Mazda. The 3rd Mazda3i I owned very good cars it's very safe drive gets great performance has lots of upgrades loving the value of this car. Automatic transmission has excellent ratios while fuel economy very comfortable love infotainment, blue tooth, navigation etc. Overall this is the best car I have ever owned besides (2 3is) this new model best than them all rides better and looks g...

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