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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!
  • everfebeverfeb Posts: 115
    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!
  • The local Mazda sales guy couldn't tell me--does the 2.3L in the Mazda3 have a timing chain or a timing belt? What's the maintenance interval, and typical cost? My 2003 CR-V required no maintenance other than fluids and tire rotations for the first 100,000 miles. How does the 3 compare to that? Thanks.
  • Update. In my case, it was a brake problem again. In addition to replacing the rear pads, they replaced more brake hardware (appears to include replacing at least the bracket that holds the pad; previously replaced the rear brake springs). The noise is gone (loud rattling when going over any bump). The also made an adjustment to the passenger side front window which developed a rattle when open an inch or two.
  • Hey all!

    I'm hoping someone here can help me out with a problem. Yesterday I was driving to work, and the display on my 2006 Mazda 3 GT was working fine. It showed the CD track, volume, milage, etc.

    However, on my way home, the display didn't show anything. This morning was the same. I can't see anything on it, there's no light (I drive to work before the sun rises) on the panel, and I can't see to adjust the bass, trebel, etc.

    Did I inadvertantly turn the display off somehow, or is something wrong? Everything else seems to be working fine...

    Thanks for any help!

  • I have an '05 Mazda 3 GT and my wife has an '05 Mazda 3 Sport. We live in Canada and have to drive in typical Canadian winters. The problems with the Goodyear tires that came with our cars have been well documented in these forums. Basically the tires are useless in snow.

    I bought steel rims and Bridgstone smow tires for my wife's car last winter, and those tires make a significant difference in winter driving. I gutted it out last winter but driving in winter with the Goodyears is waaaay too dangerous, so I will deal with the expense and buy rims and winter tires for my car, this year.

    Having said that, I've had other problems with my Goodyears. Shortly after picking up my new '3, I noted the car was pulling to the right. Being brand new at the time, I brought my car back to the dealer and they did a wheel alinment which seemed to help.

    Months later, I started to notice the car pulling to the right again. Back to the dealer and this time they found a nail in the right tire. It was repaired and the pulling went away.

    Some more time passed, and yet again, I noticed the car pulling to the right. Once again, back to the dealer and, would you believe, I had another nail in the right tire ??.

    Now I was getting regular tire rotations at the various service times so I can't say it was the same tire. In any case, it was repaired.

    Yet more time passed and the car started pulling to the right again. I brought it back to he dealer today for it's 32km Service. The dealer has told me they could perform another wheel alignment now but since I'm planning on getting winter tires I should hold off until then to get the alignment.

    I'm ok with that I guess, but the dealer also said that, at 32km, the front tires are quite worn and I should be considering getting new tires in the Spring. No sense just getting 2 tires so now I'd be looking at replacing all four tires.....

    Can that be right..??...I need new tires after only 32kms ??? I do mostly city driving.....I fully appreciate that the Goodyears are crap but it does seems rather low milage to have to replace them.

    My wife's Goodyears seem to be wearing better although her car only has about 15km on them. :cry:
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    My son's 05 Mazda3 with the same tires went about 18,000 miles on the first set of tires. (which I think is about 29,000km.) These tires are designed for better handling which means they are made of softer rubber compounds. There should be a number on the sidewall, that indicated the relative tire wear. As an example, my Michelins, on a different car, are rated 560AA, (the letters meaning handling and temperature ratings)and I believe yours are 180-200 (from memory) This doesn't mean an actual mileage figure, it is just used to compare relative wear between different tires.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Can that be right..??...I need new tires after only 32kms ???
    Yes, it's a bit of shock but plausible.

    As for the nails, that sounds like bad luck more than problems with the tire. I bought brand new BFGoodrich tires and within a month had two flats; it did not help that my workplace is situated beside the loading dock of a Home Depot. When I switched jobs, my tire "problems" went away. :)
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    This may make me sound like a moron but i know when i clean my truck sometimes i hit the dimmer switch on the interior lights and the entire cluster and everything else goes black. That would be the first place i checked.
  • vmg1vmg1 Posts: 3
    I have a 2007 CX-7 with exactly the same problem. I have been on the line with Sirius radio 7 times and with the local Mazda dealership 3 times. Sirius says it is a Mazda problem in which the reciever must be reset. Sirius suggested first disconnecting the battery to reset the module and when that didn't work they said disconnect the module while the car is running and reconnect to reset the Sanyo module.This also did not work. I called the Mazda corporate customer service and was told it is a Sirius problem. At this point I am discusted with both Mazda and Sirius Radio. While it may be an issue that Sirius caused, I purchased the Sirius unit factory installed by Mazda and I feel it's their responsibilty to determine what is wrong and get the fix. As of today it's been 7 days the unit has been blinking "update" with no resolution in site.
  • scotzoscotzo Posts: 1
    I am having the same issue with my 2006 mazda3 . Sirius kept telling me it was mazda, so after an entire week of not having it I brought it into mazda yesterday and they ordered me a new radio. We will see if this works. The radio should be in by the end of the week. I would suggest that you call up sirius and tell them you want to put your account on hold because your radio isn't working, so you dont lose time on your subscription. When it works again you just have to call them up and tell them that you want to re-activate the account. They told me you could have the subscription on hold for at least 2 yrs. Hopefully the new radio works again, because I am going nuts without the satellite radio lol.
  • vmg1vmg1 Posts: 3
    Lastest info: Spoke with Sirius this morning, they ackowledge that certain modules will not accept the new update. Sirius's engineers are working with Mazda to resolve this. Apparently Mazda will have the responsibilty to make it right. Check with your local Mazda dealership. Good luck.
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