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  1. Excessive? Vapor from oil fill during oil change

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hi folks, During my oil change this weekend I noticed something that I do not recall from the last change. After warming it up for 3 minutes (from cold), with the engine off, I opened up the oil fill cap before diving under to pull the drain plug and noticed a decent amount of visible vapor...
  2. Excessive shaking at idle? 2010 Mazda 3 Sport

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Hi! new to the forum as of today. Lately, when I pull up to a stoplight, my car vibrates relatively violently. Now, it varies sometimes as the shake will be worse some days and on rare occasions, there is very little to no vibration at all. Normally the shaking isn't bad when I leave in the...
  3. Excessive Idling?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Well delivery day is Saturday and I wanted to check in with the masses and ask about excessive idling. Over the years I have developed an affinity for sitting in nature spots in my car for hours on end, 1-3 hours. Historically in the summer I idle the vehicle during those periods with the A/C...
  4. Excessive oil loss in brand-new 2.0 SkyActiv

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    I started to add this post to an older thread on a similar topic, but then I decided it would be better to start a new thread. Here's my problem.... I have a 2016 Mazda3 with the 2.0 engine and manual tranny. After four months of ownership, I only have 2,100 miles on it, most of it suburban and...
  5. excessive brake dust on rear wheels

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Anyone has more brake dust on rear wheels instead of front wheels? I thought the front wheels handle more of the braking than the rear wheels. Therefore, as in most cars, there is more brake dust on front wheels. Wondering if this is normal or if I should have brakes checked out by dealer...
  6. 2014 MZ3 - Low idle causing EXCESSIVE engine vibrations

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Engine and Performance
    Hey all, so I have a Scan Gauge II installed in my 2014 MZ3 with 2.0L engine and manual tranny, so I'm able to see a digital readout of the engine speed. I constantly see the engine speeds dipping into the 550rpm range while idling at a stop with the AC on and this causes the engine to...
  7. Weird noise and excessive rattle after rotating tires?!

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    The title says it all. I recently rotated my tires, but after that a loud droning noise starts to come when im going 80 and also my steering wheel and the seats start rattling like crazy! Could it be an alignment issue, balancing issue, or suspension issue? I have lowering springs on so could...
  8. Oil change (time) interval excessive?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Quick question. So since I have moved my commute pattern has changed drastically and I have gone from ~18k miles annually to ~3000/annually. I decided to consult the owners manual since I won't be hitting the 5k mark anytime soon. Anyways I have pretty much always fallen under the severe...
  9. excessive valvetrain noise

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance
    so lately i've been noticing some excessively loud valvetrain noise, 15k miles on engine, can't point it out to a specific cylinder, but definitely sounds like it is coming from the exhaust cam side of the head, ( 2011 2.5) does anyone else have this issue or know of any recalls or anything...
  10. Uneven/ Excessive Tire wear

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    My 2010 S Sport 6 manual with the 205/50 17" has uneven and excessive tire wear on front tires. Car has just over 2,000 miles. Tires are feathered on inside and outside edges and tread feels uneven when you run your hand across it. Dealer checked alignment, said it met specs and car has soft...
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