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.
Steering effort heavy due to power steering fluid leak on Mazda Mazda3
Average mileage: 57,000 (57,000–57,000)
8 people reported this problem
2012 Mazda Mazda3 57,000 mi, Visitor
power steering wheel fluid leaked and the hose bursted