As a result, the contact crashed into a curb and the air bags failed to deploy. Needless to say this was disconcerting. This has been an ongoing problem that keeps getting worse the steering indicator light is on and the issue is constant. Combines the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating. The contact stopped the vehicle, lifted the hood, and noticed smoke.
As I would turn around a corner the steering wheel would feel like it was bouncing back or fighting back, you could force it past the jolting but it would make corning very awkward and concerning. I eventually just unplugged the power steering and have been driving without it since. When I had my car towed to the dealership the tow guy even stated to the dealer that the steering indicator light was on. It is very scary to drive especially with a newborn baby. Starting approx 2 years ago, the power steering would shudder, or jerk back and forth, when turning the steering wheel somewhat sharply , for several minutes after the car was started. The wheel literally locks up and requires you to use force to brake it free, when this happens you have to immediately counter act the extreme breaking force rotational that you applied so you don't side swipe another car.
This happened exclusively in cold weather, and at low speeds. I have paid for two diagnostics where they have not been able to diagnos the issue. Once the car was in motion for a few minutes, the behavior would cease. This is very dangerous and I'm surprised there is not a recall yet on it. It also will cause my stering wheel to jurk left and right by itself cause me to swerve in an out of lanes.
At first it would happen maybe every few times I drove but it got more and more to every time I drove the car. More stars mean safer cars. This was after it was already replaced with a re-manufactured one. As I was turning I shifted into second gear I hear a breaking noise and the steering wheel abruptly spun to the left as the car went in a deep ditch flipping onto its roof, then hitting a small culvert and landing on it's side. I do believe this to be a huge safety risk. Its just a matter of time before this faulty electrical power steering unit and power steering module will result in injury and or death.
The electric connector was removed, cleaned, dielectric grease was added to the connector, and the connector was re-installed; however, the failure recurred. I just need to know if there is a recall that will pay to fix this cause its getting dangerous. So I was not overly concerned. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic in louisville, kentucky who diagnosed that the wiring harness had melted due to a faulty electronic control module.
So when you think you've fixed the swaying forces the electrical assist adds more force and it throws you off on how much or less force you have to use so that you don't take out another vehicle these kinds of things should not be happening and need to be fixed, so that no one gets hurt. The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario. Due to factors beyond the control of DrivenByMadness, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. The failure mileage was 95,000. The Side Pole Barrier test simulates a crash into a fixed object like a tree or utility pole.
There are a lot of cars on the road with this issue I know 10 different people that have some sort of power steering issue. But when the car was started at the dealer the light was not on. The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38. I have researched this behavior when I first noticed it a few years ago, and there are numerous reports online about the shuddering behavior at startup. And finally now and recently the electrical assist seems to be kicking in and adding more turn to the wheel.
I have brought it into the dealership and they can never get it with the light on. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. But also due to the force and speed makes the car want to break traction and spin out. I then had to drive all the way home with out any power steering. It does eventually come back on but does go back off. The mechanic directed me here to file a complaint because they said it is a common fault in this car and should be brought up to Mazda's attention.
The manufacturer and dealer were not contacted. I've had two friends that are close to me that have this issue as well, one friend wrecked his car the other friend sold it I believe to pick-n-pull so it would not hurt anyone, please help and maybe help save a few lives, thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking with you. They have told me the problem is with the computer module that controls the power steering and it will need to be replaced. The contact also smelled fuel coming from the rear of the vehicle. There are a lot of cars on the road with this issue I know 10 different people that have some sort of power steering issue.
But a few minutes later when I was traveling on a highway at highway speeds , in relatively straight line, the steering suddenly began violently jerking back and forth. It has done it while driving 55 mph and I have hit the center medium bending my rim and destroying my tire. It started off as something that felt weird but got progressively worse. In addition, the contact noticed that the rear passenger wheel well was curved and fractured. A police report was not filed.