Mazda Mazda3 Repair and Maintenance
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Mazda Mazda3 ProblemsRattle 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.
A vibration felt at 55 mph may not be a tire problem. Mazda has revised motor mounts available which may help remedy this problem.
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).
Mazda Mazda3 Questionsshould 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?
Mazda Mazda3 RecallsFuel 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.
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.
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.