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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair



  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Since your rims are ALUMINUM alloys, I kinda doubt they are rusting.

    The rust flecks you are seeing are probably from the brake rotors, which are steel. Normally, cars are driven enough on a routine basis that rust has little chance to develope on the rotors. However, if a car is NOT driven very much (or very very infrequently) rust will develop. Regardless of whether it is driven in the rain, winter salt, or garaged.

    Is it possible the skreeching morning brake noise is related to the rusting from your brake rotors? Perhaps something is dragging on the rotors (causing the screech) and this dragging is showering the rims with tiny bits of steel brake rotor shavings, which then rusts?
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    A few people on a website with a minor fix able problem doesn't constitute a habitual or major problem. otoh I save my sarcastic responses just for you.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Your right about rusting, I did not explain it properly. I am getting flaking and bubbling, this has nothing to do with brake dust, specks . My car is washed weekly by hand including the rims. At a few other Mazda forums owners are having the same problem. There is a TSB for a fix for the brakes but does not include Canada sold cars, only the U.S. This is what Mazda North America tells me. What part of North America is Canada a part of? Also the car is driven daily, every morning its the same noise. Why are the rear rims so dirty with brake dust only after a few days of driving? while the fronts still look clean? It is the same with every Mazda3. Rotors made with low grade metal? soft pads? :(
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    From your posts I gather your car is an 2005 Mazda3 somewhere in Canada and that it's experiencing some rust.

    How many kilometres does your car have?
    Where is the rust appearing?
    When did it start appearing?
    Do you keep your car in an indoor garage or outside?
    Do you use rust proofing?
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Why are the rear rims so dirty with brake dust only after a few days of driving?"

    All right, now I'm really confused.

    Are we talking about RUST on the rims or flaking/bubbling? That sounds like a problem with the clearcoat finish on the rims.

    The only reason for the rear rims to be dirty from brake dust would be if the brakes are dragging. When braking under normal conditions, most of the work is done by the FRONT brakes. Typically, when problems crop up, it is on the FRONT brakes since they do most of the work. Since you aren't seeing buildup of brake dust on the front brakes, I suspect you've got something dragging on the rear.

    Is it possible that your parking brake is not completely disengaging and that it is dragging?
  • I have a 2006 Mazda 3i that I bought new in the beginning of July. So far I have had no issues, including no problems with the a/c. However, just over a week ago, I started hearing an occasional vibration/rattle coming from the dashboard. It sometimes happens when I drive over rough concrete roads and during certain engine speeds. I don't hear the vibration on rough, bumpy roads, and not even during high rpms. It usually happens when I let off the gas while in gear. It sounds like its coming from somewhere in front of me, like behind the instrument panel, though at times it sounds like its coming from the radio, or just below the instrument panel to the right of the steering wheel. Whenever I try to make the vibration happen, it doesn't occur, so it's tough for me to listen specifically to figure out where the vibration is coming from. It doesn't occur when I rev the engine with the car standing still. Anyone here ever have something similar happen?
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    Do you own a M3? because the rear brake dust appears on every M3 I have seen, often a complaint by many owners. Nothing to do with the brakes dragging. If it is than we all have a problem not just me. I agree that the fronts are to do most of the work and if you see the front rims of most if not every car, except Mazda you will see the rims dirty and the rears for the rims I have a brownish stain and bubbling at the center hub..
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    25,000KM or 15,600 miles
    at the center hubs
    appeared the middle of this summer
    Car is always garaged
    Car is not rust proofed.
    It's a 2005 and I am from Canada
    not sure if I am allowed but here is a link to a Mazda 3 forum. also google Mazda 3 rusty rims and see what you get.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    the link will take you to page 5, go to page 1 and see the photos
  • Hello, every one:

    I was supposed to get a brand new 2007 Mazda3 ST Hatch. But when I test drove the car today, the steering wheel did not keep straight and the car shifted towards left side. SO they took the car to the service and told me the tire pressure was off so they balanced it. I signed the paper and testdrove it again, the car still shifted slightly towards left. What should I do now? They have the car now and will check it on Monday and I should pick it up on Monday. My question is what if the problem still exists? SHould I ask for another car or what? They got this car for me from 100 miles away and I wonder why they did not find the problem when they drove on highway over here. :mad: Or maybe I am too sensitive to the shift? Thanks a lot for your input and suggestions!
  • I thought maybe my 17" rims were bubbling up around the centre cap BECAUSE I used them in winter (sand/salt) and even though I tried very hard to keep them clean and washed up in winter I assumed I maybe wasn't doing a very good job of it. But NIFTY56 if you don't even use yours in the winter then it must be something else. Aren't some 3 owners in T.O. getting wheels replaced, free????
    Anyone else who doesn't use their 17"OEM rims in the winter or who live in a warmer climate year round having this bubbling problem???

    NIFTY...what's your screeching brake problem? I'm getting my rears done (new pads I think) under warrantee in a week or so. I have that awful moaning groaning grinding sound from the rear when braking in reverse. It's very loud and very embarrasing.

    I'm in Canada by the way.

  • I have an 07 M3 sedan and it runs straight for a lot longer than I expected it to. If it was me, I'd hold out for a different car or being convinced that the first one was fixed.
  • Thanks! my frustration is why they did not find the problem when they drove the car back 110 miles away from here. (aobut 2 hr highway) :mad. If I am not satisfied with the car, can I ask for the deposit back and ask them to look for a new car?
  • Hi,

    I have my Mazda 3 for about 1 year and found it very dangerous to drive in the snow last year. Otherwise I love it. I owned an Elantra before and found it better. Did anyone get snow tires?...and if so did you notice a big improvement. Some people tell me that its torque to weight ratio is high and it slips easily - do winter tires overcome it? I am thinking of going on Ebay or something else to get a set of winter tires. Thanks. :confuse:
  • dridedride Posts: 139
    I Highly Recommend Dunlop Winter Sport M3's. I tried a cheaper set and switched midway through the winter last year. Those Dunlops are STICKY in a good way. I would also recommend going down to a winter size (minus 1) to 205/55-16. I would do steel rims if you are in an area that salts, my oem rims got bubble rust after only a few months. IMHO, the Mazda 3 is unsafe when driven in winter conditions with the stock Goodyears. Tirerack is the best and the cheapest, Ebay looks good until you have to pay for shipping. The rack mounts for free, and shipping is affordable. W/ the Dunlops there is a night and day difference in winter handling.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Our new front carpeting is due in any day now. Last year we had the rear brake grinding, groaning & severe brake dust. Replaced the back pads or something, problem never returned.
    So far, Mazda has done great by us. We're quite happy with the car & the dealership. Our a/c is cold in South Florida, but it does struggle a bit because of all the black interior. Once they get rid of all that black, I think 90% of all the a/c problems would disappear folks.
    Mazda rocks...zoom zoom!

    The Sandman :)
  • Sandman, where in FL are you located? I am in the market for an 07 Grand Touring, and didn't know if you had better experiences at certain dealerships.
  • I also have a 2004 hatch with the same type of problem. Over most types of bumps there is knocking and rattling from under the car. It seems to be towards the rear, but at times I think I also hear it in front. This spring the dealer replaced bad rear brake springs. We were noise free most of the summer. Since August, it is back and getting worse. It is back with the dealer and I am not pleased with their attitude. I had previously had a local garage look at it. They clearly heard the same noise but could not find the cause. Unless I have missed it, I have not seen feedback on what might be causing this problem.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    We're located in Coral Springs Florida and bought at the dealership across the street on US 441, Bachrodt Mazda. So far, they've treated us like gold and have been very attentive to all our needs. I give them a 110%! Our 3s is a great little pocket rocket and I think we own 2 of the best economy cars sold in America...the '05 Mazda 3s and the '06 Civic LX sedan.

    The Sandman :) :)
  • I have had the Sirius radio tuner installed in my car for several months without any problems...however, for the past two days, my radio display just blinks "updating" while on the SAT mode. Does anyone know an easy fix to this?...Sirius referred me to Mazda, but I'm having difficulty reaching them because of their customer services hours and my work schedule. Should this be a Mazda or Sanyo support issue?? Thanks!
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