I was driving back home from the office and at around 6:20 PM I noticed that the Steering Wheel Malfunction indicator of the Mazda 3S illuminated. I was in one of the few highways that Guadalajara (México) has, the one we call “Periférico”, I was just passing López Mateos going West. More or less it’s here. I verified quickly the other indicators and all were fine, so I decided to move the steering wheel a bit to see if everything was right but noticed that it was hard. I wasn’t sure what would happen if I wanted to make a quick turn.
I thought, what if it blocks and I can’t turn in a curve? Should I move to the side and park the car to turn it off and then on to see if it fixes itself? Was this just limiting the hydraulic help (driving assistant or whatever it’s called in english) so it was just hard to make real turns?
Was thinking in advance of every curve, fortunately none were sharp, and by the time I was about to cross the “5 de Mayo” Av. or street (right here), there was a red light and I had time to turn the car off and then on. The indicators went on and off as normal, without the Steering Wheel Malfunction indicator staying illuminated, so everything was okay. Tried some movements of the steering wheel and now it was back again.
Searched the Web and I found a post in a forum where it looks to me like there was a secret recall that Mazda had for 3’s and 6’s but, obviously they (Mazda) didn’t inform anyone. That’s bad. I will have to call my dealership and see what they say about the issue. I think it is dangerous, just imagine you’re almost taking a curve and suddenly this issue appears, it’ll be a miracle if you react quickly enough to avoid an accident. Oh, I read the user’s manual and it suggested what I did, but sooner. Bummer.
I would have loved to show a map with a couple of pin markers but I don’t have time to read about that (if someone knows how to do that and it’s easy let me know!). Perhaps later I’ll just take note of the kilometers/miles I drove having this issue.