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Most Common Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Damaged wiring to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor may cause the Airbag Warning Light to illuminate.
A vibration felt at 55 mph may not be a tire problem. Mazda has revised motor mounts available which may help remedy this problem.
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...
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3 Known Mazda Mazda3 Brakes Problems

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 causin...
If you hear a constant grinding noise from the front brakes, even when not pressing the brake pedal, it is possible the wheel hub has shifted in the steering knuckle causing the brake rotor to grin...
If the front brakes are squealing when they are still cold, there are updated brake pads and caliper support available from Mazda.

0 Known Mazda Mazda3 Drive Train Problems

3 Known Mazda Mazda3 Electrical & Lights Problems

Damaged wiring to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor may cause the Airbag Warning Light to illuminate.
Internal failure of the ignition switch may create a condition where the key reminder continues to chime even though the key is removed. In addition, the doors cannot be locked with the keyless ent...
The engine may be difficult to start in extremely cold weather (-20F) after a short trip. This can be caused by sticking main relay points.

5 Known Mazda Mazda3 Engine Problems

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 ...
Excessive engine vibration or knocking noises heard while the engine is idling, being started or switched off are usually caused by a defective engine mount at the top right side of the engine. A r...

1 Known Mazda Mazda3 Exhaust & Emissions Problem

Mazda issued an emissions recall due to a problem with the Swirl Shutter Valve; this would cause the Check Engine light to illuminate.

0 Known Mazda Mazda3 Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known Mazda Mazda3 Maintenance Problems

0 Known Mazda Mazda3 Miscellaneous Problems

3 Known Mazda Mazda3 Suspension & Steering Problems

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...
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 ho...
Some vehicles may make a single clicking noise when changing gear direction. This can be caused by a "stick-slip" condition between the CV axle shaft and wheel hub. Mazda has washers that can be in...

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Known Mazda Mazda3 Problems & Complaints

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...
Damaged wiring to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor may cause the Airbag Warning Light to illuminate.
The engine may be difficult to start in extremely cold weather (-20F) after a short trip. This can be caused by sticking main relay points.
A low speed stall when the throttle pedal is slightly pressed and released may mean the Engine Control Module (ECM) needs to be reflashed (updated).
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 ...
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 causin...
Internal failure of the ignition switch may create a condition where the key reminder continues to chime even though the key is removed. In addition, the doors cannot be locked with the keyless ent...
If you hear a constant grinding noise from the front brakes, even when not pressing the brake pedal, it is possible the wheel hub has shifted in the steering knuckle causing the brake rotor to grin...
Mazda issued an emissions recall due to a problem with the Swirl Shutter Valve; this would cause the Check Engine light to illuminate.
Excessive engine vibration or knocking noises heard while the engine is idling, being started or switched off are usually caused by a defective engine mount at the top right side of the engine. A r...
If the front brakes are squealing when they are still cold, there are updated brake pads and caliper support available from Mazda.
Some models may have a problem with stalling under light acceleration. Updated software for the powertrain control module (PCM) is available which may help with this concern.
Some vehicles may make a single clicking noise when changing gear direction. This can be caused by a "stick-slip" condition between the CV axle shaft and wheel hub. Mazda has washers that can be in...
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 ho...
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