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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair



  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Actually it's a Parking brake not an Emergency brake, isn't it?
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    Thanks. On every car I've had I run an emergency exercise assuming lost hydraulics and grab for the parking brake trying to make it an automatic response. Been driving for an awfully long time and the BEST result for me has been a rather anemic slow down.
  • Thanks for the info.
    So far the Dealer replaced my fuel pump (no start)...then I took it back because the check engine light came on, they replaced the valve, and did the reflash for "shift shock", (it did make the car run better)...but as i was pulling out the car hesitated...I brought the tech outside , he said nothign was wrong...then I tried to start the car to leave...I would not start!!! The tech said i needed a starter? So they replaced that...I went back to pick it up, a few miles down the road shaking ans stalling..So now they replaced the Mass Airflow sensor. But they did not say anything about spark pulgs. So when i pick it up...we will see...I am afraid that It will break down again, I really feel that maybe there is something wrong with the car that the techs aren't fixing because there is no TSB for it!! Well I guess I will see tomorrow, and I will post what happens.

  • x5918x5918 Posts: 30
    I was busy to get home during the lunch break. I think I stopped the car inbetween, to check some papers or something, and then drove away without releasing the parking break. Not sure if it was pulled tight all the way, or just halfway. I sensed somesort of stuffiness. Had to merge to highway. Maybe 2 minutes later checked the parking brake - and stopped to check the damage.
  • I have a 06 Mazda 3HB. There is that wing thing that shades the rear. I am a little concerned about the AC since I like it freezin' cold year round in my car. It doesn't seem to really freeze like my 98 Chevy S10, or my prior '85 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel, or even my currently owned 1992 Protege. It also makes a bad hum/whiz sound when the compressor is engaged. That worries me a little.
  • Hate to admit it, but after lecturing wife who drives M3HB daily about hitting the rims on curbs and the low profile tires, I hit a pothole so hard it bent the frt passenger rim. :cry: $350 later we're right as rain. Since we were going on a trip for this holiday I had the break-in oil changed out and that rim fixed. The dealer shop forgot the valve stem cap and the oil check was not oriented correctly to fully seat. Am I too picky? It makes me wonder if they really checked the alignment. It doesn't pull so I think it make be okay. When getting the rim replaced was told tires were $180 each, that normal too?
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I am now officially in the "Unhappy With Mazda" Club. My brakes started squeaking this week. So loud it was embarrassing. Then the next day, no squeaking at all. I only have 5k on the car. Do I need to wait until they squeak all the time before I take it in? What is the fix for this, grinding down the pads? I didn't have a problem until it got cold here. My gas mileage has also tanked, but that is another discussion.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Mazda has a TSB for this defect - 04-001/05 2004-2005 MAZDA3 - FRONT BRAKE SQUEAK WHEN COLD - you can read all the TSB info at

    Print out a copy of the TSB and take it with you - in my experience it really helps to have it in black and white.

    oldmazownr - My theory is the AC problem shows up more in the sedan - even though the HB and sedan have the same AC system - the AC is so marginal (weak) that the extra heat load - from the sun - coming through the rear glass on the sedan is enough to over load the system. IMO it is a combination of several "issues" - the main problem is that the evaperator is too small - this causes the compressor to cycle on and off - so you get cold - cool - warm - cold - cool - warm air about every 15-20 seconds - sure the compressor is designed to cycle on and off - but most cars don't start this quick cycle until the inside of the car is almost cooled off - I can get in my car after it has been in the sun on a 95 degree day - and the AC starts to cycle right away.

    I have seen a few posts that claim the evaperator in the 2006 Mazda3 is larger (than the 2004 & 2005) I just dropped my Mazda3 off at the dealership - I plan to stop by the parts department when I pick the car up and ask them to look up the part number for a 2004 & 2006 evaperator - see if they are the same part number-

    If you have taken a test drive and don't think the AC is good enough to satisfy you then DO NOT BUY THIS CAR - test drive a few more and see if you can find one with a good AC - because according to some people their cars AC works good. One thing I can say for sure - as in I am 100% positive that this is a FACT - if you get a Mazda3 with a weak AC system Mazda will not fix it - if it is blowing cool air they consider it within spec. This is true even if the inside of the car is sweaty hot. Trust me on this because I have had this problem for almost 2 years.
  • I was told that, overnight, rust builds up on disc brakes. Once you get going - brake a couple of times - the rust should 'break off'/rub off and no more squeaking. I took my car in 3 times for the same issue. This was the answer I kept getting. And for the most part -- after I brake a couple of times in the morning, mine no longer squeak.
  • mcapmcap Posts: 49
    I don't think you should worry to much. I have an 04 civic and sure enough, each morning, there is rust on the brakes. I don't notice squeeling really but I am not listening for it.
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    Yeah, they are so loud when I brake in front of my house in the morning, the kids waiting for the bus cup their ears. I do only notice this in the cold mornings, and cold evenings if I am at work late. This seems like a silly thing to go back to the dealer with, but since there is a TSB...

    The brand has been taking a beating in my family...hard starting back in August, now squeaky brakes at Thanksgiving. I can't wait to hear from the old folks, "They sure don't build 'em like they used to!" when I squeak up in the morning.

    At least Mazda's customer service has been pretty good (I'd say excellent, but I don't want to jinx myself).
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I have been tempted to spin some "doughnuts" on some streets with fresh snow. After reading about the E-Brake not locking the rear wheels, this will not be possible in the M3, which will really damper my winter fun. This sure won't be a fun winter car!
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I jinxed myself. My service advisor (after admitting they were really backed up today)told me if I left it overnight chances are they would not make any changes or adjustments. He is aware of the TSB, but if the squeak only happens on the FIRST brake on a cold morning, they will not fix. Apparently, his Mazda does it too, and it is "just part of the Mazda experience". It's little things like this that annoy me...
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I would PUSH back on the squeaky brake issue and try and get them to fix the noise.

    I have owned several vehicles - that on the first few stops in the morning would have a small squeak or more often a slight grind - like SSSHHHH - this is normal - a very loud - long squeak is not.

    If squeaky brakes are normal ask the service manager to show you a new Mazda3 with squeaky brakes - if it really is normal then they all should do it RIGHT?
  • qddaveqddave Posts: 164
    I wouldn't worry about not being able to pull a donut in the snow. The friction of fresh snow is a little less than asphalt. :)

    If you're keeping the stock Goodyears on through the winter, than I really wouldn't worry.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I picked up my Mazda3 tonight - stopped in to the parts department and ask them to look up the part numbers for a 2004 and a 2006 AC evaperator for a Mazda3 - both numbers are the same - based on this it looks like Mazda has not upgraded the evaperator. So I predict next summer you will see posts from people who purchased a 2006 asking "Is anyone having trouble with their AC not cooling off the car?"
  • Thanks, yeah, that may be it, although the whizzing sound is a pain. It clears as time goes on. The brakes squeak. I couldn't care about the brakes though. Every disc car from 1983 LeCar to brand new M3HB.

    I will mention this, I had a 2001 Volvo S40, it had the same "problem" with the rear brakes wearing first.

    Lastly, I will get satisfaction over the AC though. My dealer's first car they sold me was wrecked before they sold it to me. No mention of that, just something I found during a wash and wax thenext day. Took it back... but we'll see about the other... :mad:
  • Is it me, or does this forum need to be renamed "Mazda 3's suckie AC bugs me out" forum? I mean, seriously, there seems to be an agreement that the AC on the Maz3 isn't the greatest, but do most of these posts need to be about the AC?

    Also, no offense guys, but I always thought the E-brake shouldn't be used while driving. This past week I made my first mistake with my Maz3 when I forgot to put the e-brake handle down, but that was when I was trying to get the car out of a parking space and I was wondering why did it seem sluggish. Unless, you're planning on doing "Italian Job" car moves and don't mind taking the car to dealership to get the e-brake pads replaced afterwards, I personally think using the e-brake for moving situations isn't that smart. Then again, I'm using an auto for my car and really, what do I know? :P
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    Yes, the Goodyear's are sub par, but is it worth shelling out $500.00 for snow tires? I read some good reviews on the Vikings. My deal is that here in MN, the only bad time to drive is right after it snows. They usually have the roads plowed and salted within 4 hours. I can count on one hand the # of times in five years were I was spinning and cursing on an unplowed road. That being said, I always drove on Continental Extreme Contact tires, and they were rated very well for snow, the Goodyears are about the worst tire in the world for snow I have read. So, is there that big of a difference on mostly plowed roads? I am also told with the 17's winter driving will be tough? Is driving on the stock Goodyears in winter a problem, and what snow tire's have people purchased for a solution?
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