2014 Mazda 3: Second Scheduled Service, Suspension Noises
December 30, 2014
For the second time in less than 20,000 miles, our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 is in need of a trip to the dealer. A little wrench appeared on the gauge cluster this week and it led me to this service menu on the center touchscreen. This would typically mean a maintenance visit with an oil change and tire rotation but unfortunately, there are some strange noises and vibrations coming from underneath the Mazda that need to be addressed as well.
First, the vibration: I felt a mild shudder from the brake pedal while driving the Mazda and that made me believe the rotors were warped. Basically, every time I brought the 3 to a stop, the brake pedal pulsed. While this is a sensation I've felt in plenty of personal cars before, it was a bit surprising on such a new car. Hopefully I'm imagining things.
Second, we've got a new noise coming from the suspension. Cameron Rogers pointed it out, but unlike the previous noise we encountered, he described it as "more of a soft thump than a clanging." The noise seems to happen over speed bumps, around slow-speed corners and when we enter/exit our office parking ramps. This leads us to believe it's a suspension noise, but we've been wrong before.
We put both items on a checklist along with the scheduled maintenance, dropped the Mazda off at our local dealer and now we're waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime, any guesses on this new noise?
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 18,792 miles