2014 Mazda 3: Suspension Noise Fix
November 3, 2014
Last we left our 2014 Mazda 3, there was a crazy noise coming from the front left suspension. We dropped it off at the dealer (that's what warranties are for) and had you take your best guess at the cause while we waited.
It's fixed and nobody was even close.
Our local Mazda dealer was stumped for a few days. They took one side of the sway bar off, and then the other. And then tightened the front license plate. And then tightened a bunch of other stuff to no avail. Then they started taking things apart.
And then they found this washer INSIDE of the control arm. It's not a Mazda washer. It doesn't belong on the car and certainly doesn't belong inside the control arm.
We've got no idea how it got in there. It could be dumb luck, or it could be a really odd prank where the prankster doesn't get to see the payoff.
So, after four days we got our Mazda 3 back, drove it home and then, the next morning, drove it straight back to Mazda because of a new metal-on-metal scraping noise.
That one took three more days to diagnose and fix, and turned out to be the brake dust shield scraping up against the rotor. Must've gotten knocked out of whack during the first fix.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 15,485 miles