Today’s post is a bit of a detour from the normal. Please come along for the ride and help solve a frustrating mystery.
I’m throwing myself at the mercy of anyone with automobile knowledge. I know this blog is not about mechanics, in fact, nothing in my life is about mechanics, but what good is having a blog if you can’t use it occasionally pick your reader’s brains (or their husband’s brains) about a perplexing problem?
Get ready, I’m about to do some serious brain picking. (At least it’s not nose picking!)
We own a 2005 Mazda MPV. It looks nice and I love the driver’s seat and the interior design of the vehicle. However, I’ve noticed an odd trend while driving. People stop what they are doing to watch me pass. I’d like to believe it’s because of the sleek and chic style of the van, but I fear it has more to do with the sounds we make creaking and groaning as we clunk to a stop.
This horrid sound makes me think the entire frame of the vehicle is about to crack and drop down to the road. This happens every time we brake or go over a speed bump (although the volume varies). We have replaced the brakes (twice) and done an assortment of other things (sorry, that is as detailed as my none-mechanic brain can go) to try to diagnose the noise with no success. It has been over a year of on and off noisy driving.
Our favorite mechanic is looking at it next week to try to discover the source of the problem once and for all. My online research tells me this is a common problem among Mazda MPV-ers. There are many other frustrated owners singing the same song all across Canada and the States. (Or should I say groaning the same song?)
In case you’re thinking misery loves company, you’re wrong. The company makes me fear if the hundreds of people before me couldn’t fix it, our odds are slim and that’s what makes me miserable.
BYW, our garage has been great. The problem is not with them.