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If an air or water leak is present in the driver's side foot well, the grommet for the transmission shift cable may be missing or not seated correctly.Excessive engine noise may also be present.
If an air or water leak is present in the driver's side foot well, the grommet for the transmission shift cable may be missing or not seated correctly. Excessive engine noise may also be present.
Backlight (rear window) water leaks are common. Conduct a water test to verify the location of the leak. The lift gate trim should be removed and the glass resealed from inside.
A water leak may develop between the top and side curtains. There are updated right and left side rails available to correct this issue.
A lack of performance may be noted due to misalignment of the throttle cable bracket.
A rough idle condition may be due to a leaking intake manifold gasket. Our technicians tell us a revised intake gasket is available.
A loosening (or loss) of the nut retaining the engine cooling module fan can cause a vibration. If not addressed promptly, the fan blade may not turn, causing the engine to overheat. A revised engine cooling module fan retaining nut kit has been released.
Pinion bearing failure can cause noise in the manual transmission. A revised assembly procedure and components are required for repair.
The tensioner for the camshaft chain must be inspected regularly because the non-metallic pad for the timing chain variocam adjuster can crack/break apart unexpectedly. The inspection/repair will require valve cover removal and reinstallation.

The engine mount on the driver side of the car can wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts and the faulty mount will need to be replaced.

The EGR tube may develop an engine vacuum leak causing the check engine (SES) light to illuminate.
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The radius arm bushings may wear prematurely due to oil leaking onto the bushings; this causes a loud clunk when the vehicle is shifting gears or stopping.
The power steering hoses commonly leak fluid. Any leaking hoses should be replaced.
A loose timing chain on early models will produce a rattle (in the front of the engine) because the chain hits the guide. The timing chain should be replaced (the cam sprocket should always be replaced at the same time). Remove and discard the timing chain guide; on later V6 models, the guide has been eliminated.
A loose timing chain on early models will produce a rattle (in the front of the engine) because the chain hits the guide. The timing chain should be replaced (the cam sprocket should always be replaced at the same time). Remove and discard the timing chain guide; on later V6 models, the guide has been eliminated.
Mazda issued an emissions recall due to a problem with the Swirl Shutter Valve; this would cause the Check Engine light to illuminate.
The transmission has numerous problems; symptoms can range from shuddering to completely dying. The majority of the TSBs (service bulletins) require an overhaul of the transmission. Updated internal parts are available.  
The transmission has numerous problems; symptoms can range from shuddering to completely dying. The majority of the TSBs (service bulletins) require an overhaul of the transmission. Updated internal parts are available. 
The transmission has numerous problems; symptoms can range from shuddering to completely dying. The majority of the TSBs (service bulletins) require an overhaul of the transmission. Updated internal parts are available. 
The transmission has numerous problems; symptoms can range from shuddering to completely dying. The majority of the TSBs (service bulletins) require an overhaul of the transmission. Updated internal parts are available.  
Carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.
Often when replacing the front left wheel speed sensor, the wrong part is used (it's from a later model year). If the wrong sensor is used, it can damage the wheel speed sensor wiring.

Dry suspension components can cause a spring-type pop when it moves. Lubricating the suspension will stop the noise.

Oil leaks can develop in the crankcase ventilation hoses, in between the cylinder banks.

An oil leak can develop at the rear stationary gear seal and O-ring, at the rear of the engine. Our technicians report that transmission removal is required to gain access to the components.

A knocking noise over bumps from the front or rear of the car can be caused by a broken upper strut mount
It is important to regularly check the valve clearance as the exhaust valves may become too tight. This will lead to valve failures which are expensive to repair.
It is important to regularly check the valve clearance as the exhaust valves may become too tight. This will lead to valve failures which are expensive to repair.
Our technicians tell us it is very important that the rear level sensor is properly bled after any brake work or the rear brake stopping efficiency may be compromised.
It is very important that the rear level sensor is properly bled after any brake work or the rear brake stopping efficiency may be compromised.