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2007 Mazda3 no power steering when cold out

Power steering has electric motor running the pump. In freezing weather, it will not go on. If in the 20's it will go on if I restart after warming up for 20 minutes. Below that and I have to drive with no power steering. My son is a an aircraft mechanic, he says it is the brushes, they shrink when it is cold and are not making contact until the metal warms and expands. There should be a recall on this, It is dangerous to drive without power steering. I bought it used and there is no Mazda warranty on it so anyone else having the problem, please report to Mazda 800-222-5500 and NHTSA at 888-327-4236. Anyone have a solution for now?

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  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    i have a mazda 3 2007 and went to pick my son up from school got back in the car it is 95 degrees outside and my power steering went out.. when the tow truck came and got my car the light was off and the steering wheel moved very easy. got to the dealership and it was out thank god under warranty still.. but will take 3 months till they get the part in there is another mazda same model with same problem only 32000 miles on my car.. i think there is an issue with mazda...

  • Kaspar003 May 20, 2009

    I also have a mazda 3 and I had exactly the same problem as you described. what did you finally do?


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