2014 Mazda 3: Third Service
January 9, 2015
The orange wrench indicating a scheduled service for our 2014 Mazda 3 illuminated again. This marked the third time during its year with us. In addition to the routine oil change and tire rotation, we asked Santa Monica Mazda to investigate a slight pulsation under medium braking and a creaking noise made over bumps. We had a couple of final trips planned and wanted to make sure the car was in tip-top shape before we left town.
We called our advisor the next day. The oil change and tire rotation were done in short order. The rotors were indeed warped. A resurfacing fixed the problem. The creaking noise was recreated by the technician but he had not yet found a solution. We had to leave the Mazda at least one more night to address the problem.
We followed up the next day and were told it was ready for pick up. Our 3 was still on the lift when we arrived. The subframe had been dropped to inspect the mounts and all bolts were retightened to spec. It seemed to work. We drove away from the dealer for the last time with nary a peep coming from the brakes or undercarriage.
Total Cost: $98.79 ($38.45 oil, $1.12 oil drain gasket, $7.82 filter, $2.50 oil disposal, $14.45 oil change labor, $29.95 tire rotation labor, $4.50 tax)
Total days out of service: 2.5
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant