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Mazda3 Maintenance & Repair

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  • lifestarlifestar Posts: 44
    Just curious, my Mz3 Hatch is close to hitting 1000 miles, but I'm curious about oil changes on it. Read some postings that it's not possible to get the oil changed at quickie places like JiffyLube? Is that true? Would it be better to have the oil changes done at the dealer? I'm wondering b/c my previous car, a 1996 Protege, I had the oil changes done at JiffyLube b/c I have a 15% discount from the company I work at for JiffyLube oil changes.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    We have been to Sea World many times - it is always a good time - we stayed at a Hotel that was right on the River walk - which cost more but seemed worth it.

    audia8q - we could have rented a condo (in Kissimmee) for 4 weeks for what the hotel is costing us for 6 nights - but it is hard to tell what a place is like - just by looking at pictures on the net. I wanted to just do Sea World in Orlando - but some of the other couples could not make that trip.

    Oil changes - I would stick to the dealer - I had a real bad experience at a quick oil change place - they put on the wrong oil filter (which came off at highway speed) - my wife got a few miles down the road and the oil change light came on - she thought - can't need any oil I just had it changed! Even though the oil change place paid for a complete rebuild the car was never the same.

    I would pay the extra $10 and let the dealer do it.
  • npaladin2000npaladin2000 Posts: 593
    Well, no one around here seems to carry the oil filters for the 3, except for the dealer. However, that's an hour hau each way for just an oil change, so I just get it done at the local Mobil station (they do my alignments and tire swaps too) and they get the filter from the dealer ahead of time.

    I probably only save a couple of bucks that way, since they have to charge extra for the filter because they get it from the dealer (more expensive than a parts place), but it saves me 2 hours of driving, which makes it well worth it.
  • lifestarlifestar Posts: 44
    Well the dealership I got the car from is about a 30 min drive from my home, which isn't too bad. There's one that's slightly closer, just more city street driving. I guess I'm just wondering about the oil changes b/c during the winters here in MA, I rather not need to have to drive so far just to get my oil changed when I could just go to the local jiffylube which is 10 min away.

    How much does it usually cost at the dealer? Do they do anything else besides changing the oil and the filter?
  • I just bought a 2004 automatic Mazda 3. So far, great fun car to drive, but I have a grinding sound when I reverse. This morning, it also made this sound while I was driving forward. I have read previous posts that discuss rear brake dust, grooves and the rain etc.

    I'm a young woman who doesn't know a lot about cars and I'd like to walk into the garage and be able to tell them what is wrong and where they should look (so I don't get brushed off or taken advantage of). Can someone please tell me what to say. Also, will this repair be covered by my warranty?

    Thanks! Your posts have been really helpful!
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Grinding noise is always bad. But if the noise is slight - like the sound made if you rub a piece of chalk on the sidewalk - SHSHSHSHSH (best I can do!) then it would be a normal noise that will happen the first few times you stop each morning.

    When you car sits over night the brake discs get a small amount of rust on then - if it is only one night the amount will be so small you will not even be able to see it - but it is there. The rubbing sound you hear in this rust being wiped off. Normally after a few stops this noise will go away.

    If the noise is constant - then this is not normal and I would get the car in to be checked out.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    Is it a grinding noise when you take your foot off the brake? Or does the sound happen immediately once you place the shifter into reverse (with your foot still on the brake)?

    If the problem occurs when you put it in reverse, then try putting it back into park then into reverse again to see if the problem reoccurs.

    Also…sounds obvious, but make sure your parking brake is off.

    If you just purchased the vehicle it should be covered, even if it is a problem with the brakes.
  • lifestarlifestar Posts: 44
    Just curious, but I did a little more research and it seems that Mazda moved over to a spin-on type of oil filter for the later models of Mazda 3s. Apparently all the models made before 2/2004 have that oil cartiage system, which I heard was a pain to change if you DIY, and it was hard to get the filter b/c only Mazda produces it so far. The models after 2/2004 reportedly have a spin-on type oil filter. Can anyone verify that? If it's spin-on, does that mean anyone, including a oil change shop, can do the oil change?
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    And I don't think there's been a change, because I walked up to the parts counter at my dealership yesterday and asked for an "oil filter for a Mazda3s." The guy handed me the cartridge filter. He never said anything about any other type of filter for a Mazda3s.

    Meade
  • The grinding noise is when I apply pressure to the brake in drive, and when I reverse. (and no the parking break isn't on).

    I'd say it is the same sound as chalk on sidewalk SHSHSHSHSH, but much louder. (I would think that ppl outside the car could hear it as well.)

    any other thoughts of what this might be? thanks.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Or is it constant, all day long whenever you brake?

    Meade
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    Do you mean that the grinding happens the entire time that the car is in reverse (i.e., even when you don't have your foot on the brake)?
  • lifestarlifestar Posts: 44
    I read somewhere on this forum before about the Mz3 having rotor problems before, like there were grooves being made into the rotors. Is it possible that this could be the source of the sound? Can you check your rotors to make sure they're all still smooth and that you can't feel any grooves on them?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    We have the same problem - I bet the grinding noise is coming from the rear brakes.

    My Mazda3 started making this noise before the car had 500 miles on it - at first Mazda told me it was normal - then SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE Mazda actually came out with a procedure to fix the grinding noise - hard for me to understand (not really I'm being sarcastic again) how a company can come out with a solution to a problem that does not exist - or why they would even be working on a problem that does not exist - but this is SOP for Mazda.

    The procedure involves removing the rear brake pads from the car - and then removing some burrs from the metal part of the brake pad (actually the part that the brake pad is attached to) - they also use some special brake lube - but I can't recall exactly what they used it for. Seems like the burrs on the metal backing is coming into contact with the brake rotor and this is what was causing the loud noise.

    My noise went away after this procedure was done - so it did solve the problem - but after a few thousand miles the noise started coming back - at first very slight - but now it is as loud as it was before.

    The strange thing is Mazda now claims that this loud grinding noise is normal again.

    So first it is normal - then they come out with a fix - so it is a problem (Mazda calls these "issues") - but now the noise has returned so Mazda calls it normal again. Unless and until Mazda has a fix for something they call it normal.

    You can ask your service advisor if Mazda is still allowing this repair procedure to be done - my guess is since it did not solve the problem (it comes back) they will NOT approve this procedure. They may even just give you the - we have never heard of this before line.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Is this occurring ALL THE TIME, or only when applying the brakes?

    If it's occurring only when applying the brakes, is it with EVERY application, or just the first few of the morning???

    A little info might help answer the lady's question!

    Meade

    P.S. Bill -- 3,100 miles on my 2005 Mazda3 hatch. A/C still cold as ice (and we set a record of 97 yesterday, with another hot one on the way today -- 88 degrees as of 11 a.m.), and no mysterious brake noises.
  • npaladin2000npaladin2000 Posts: 593
    P.S. Bill -- 3,100 miles on my 2005 Mazda3 hatch. A/C still cold as ice (and we set a record of 97 yesterday, with another hot one on the way today -- 88 degrees as of 11 a.m.), and no mysterious brake noises.

    Oh, and incidentally, 7100 miles on my 2004 Mazda3 hatch. Enjoying my lovely wonderful A/C during these nasty, humid, record-setting 95+ degree days here in NY state. And no other problems either. :)
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    My brakes only grind when I am stopping - every time I stop - all day long - every day.

    I am glad that your AC is blowing ICE cold air - really - I would not wish for anyone to have the problems I am having. If I got pleasure from someone else having problems / or though that it was funny if someone had a lemon that would make me a COMPLETE AND TOTAL JERK.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    My brakes only grind when I am stopping - every time I stop - all day long - every day.

    That ain't good, or right.

    Find a responsible dealer.

    Meade
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Just got back from dropping off the Mazda3 at the dealership - I have lost count but I think this is #13 or # 14.

    The temp at my house today is 97.5 degrees - in the shade - which is hot even for Houston. The heat index is 110. The AC in my Mazda3 is putting out 70 degree air. I am hoping that the AC has finally completely failed so it can be diagnosed and fixed.

    The air vent temp on my drive home (in my Z-71 PU) was 42 degrees.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    It was 94 with a heat index of 100-105 on my way home yesterday, and I had to turn the fan speed down to 2 and put the thermostat around 9 o'clock to stop my teeth from chattering (actually it was my right hand, which was in the airstream from the middle vents, that was starting to turn white and pieces of finger were falling off ... :)

    Meade
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