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How to properly change out spark plugs?

I am looking into how to change out my spark plugs on my 4 cylinder 2005 Mazda 3. All I know to do is: 1: Open each cylinder. 2: Use a spark plug socket (with the rubber insert) to remove the old ...
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My mazda milenia wont rev past 2500 rpm

So I just recently bought a 2000 Mazda Milenia s Millennium edition,and on my first day out with it, I experienced a very unusual problem. After about 20 minutes of driving the car wouldn't rev past ...
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Oily Sludge in the Intake Manifold

When taking off the throttle body to clean my IAC, I noticed that there was a thick layer of oily sludge coating pretty much everything inside the intake manifold: I have two queastions: How did ...
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Sputtering while driving & idling

[My car: 2004 Mazda 3] So, my wife came home from running some errands and told me the check-engine light was on and that the car was sputtering and felt like it was going to stall while stopped at ...
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Second key for Mazda5 2013 - programming vs cloning, 80 bit vs 40 bit

I have Mazda5 2013 with a single key, so I am trying to get a spare (at least one) I have the part number ( G2YA-76-2GXB ) - dealer would charge $50 for the key plus $70 for the programming There ...
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Can I use just any 17mm bolt?

I hope to be replacing the shock absorbers on my 2005 Mazda 3 this weekend. I have purchased the shocks themselves (Monroe P/N 5607), as well as new mounts. The only thing left to get is new bolts.... ...
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Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH

My 2005 Mazda 3 with 73K miles (roughly 20K on the tires) on it starts to make a sound, just like your washing machine does when all of the clothes go to one side and its still spinning, when I get to ...
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How do I keep my wheels looking nice and shiny after cleaning them?

I have a '05 Mazda3 with pretty much stock wheels. I have washed my car a few times, and the first thing, without fail, that gets dirty are my wheels. What is the best protectant I can use to keep ...
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How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?

I bought a used 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L 16 Valve BP DOHC and the previous owner has no idea when the last time the fuel filter was changed ( he was pretty clueless about everything related to the car ). ...
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My 2005 Mazda 3 Front Passenger window motor receives signal to go down, but not up

If you look at the picture below you will see that I took the plastic panel off my door, and separated the motor from the regulator. After I disconnected the motor that I thought was bad, I connected ...
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Manual horn switch

what are the pitfalls or things to look out for when manually wiring a switch from the battery to the horn? Some background: I just moved to texas where they require vehicle inspections. My horn ...
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Why can't the 3rd generation Mazda rx7 safely coast downhill in neutral?

The manual for the 3rd generation Mazda rx7 says not to roll downhill without the engine engaged, because the exhaust can overheat. Unfortunately, the manual does not explain the mechanism by which ...
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Mystery Sensor on Manual Transaxel Housing

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) with a manual 5 speed transmission. While trying to change the oil, I noticed the following connector, with one missing wire on what I think is ...
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water leak under the car

I noticed coolant leak coming out under my car right in the center next to my. I notice a hole which looks like an overflow outlet and coolant comes from it. what can the cause be? It is a Mazda 3 ...
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How do I know when to replace shock absorbers?

In my last trip to the shop, the mechanics told me that I should replace my shock absorbers. When I inquired as to why, I don't feel that they were very clear with their answer, like they normally ...
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Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?

I have purchased a Mazda 323 which has approximately 90k km on the clock. While driving in the rain some water will come in above the brake pedal, approximately 5 or 6 drops during an average local ...
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Where are my Power Window Relays?

I have a 2005 Mazda 3, and I have located both the interior and exterior fuse box. Neither one of the fuse boxes have relays in it concerning the power windows. Does anyone know where they are on ...
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How is “Fuel consumption (economy) - combined” Calculated?

I have a Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and the data sheet for it says: Fuel consumption (economy) - combined 7.9 l/100 km. How is this calculated and under what driving conditions?
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Engine's Normal Operating Temperature

I read in the Motor Oil University article on Bob the Oil Guy's websites that: The automotive designers usually call for their engines to run at 212°F ( 100°C ) oil and water temperature with an ...
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Did slamming on my brakes really fix them?

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 that until yesterday, had soft/spongy brakes. A few days ago I brought it to my local repair shop to take care of the problem, and $300 later, I had new front pads and machined ...
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What to do when a mechanic can't reproduce possible transmission problems?

I have limited experience with cars. I bought a 2001 Mazda 626 to commute to and from school a few weeks ago. Today when merging on the freeway I noticed that the engine sounded like it was working ...
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Car runs uneven and jerky, but why? (Mazda 626)

I have a Mazda 626 (sedan) -97 and lately its been running uneven and jerky. Have had in in for repairs and changed battery, oil+filter and spark plugs. Still had problems and tried to use a engine ...
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Bad Dashboard Coolant Temp Sensor?

In addition to the coolant temp sensor hooked up to the ECU, I have a second, single wire coolant temp sensor which is hooked up to the dashboard display. When the coolant temp is around 85C, right ...
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How can I lock keys inside 2007 Mazda6?

I am getting my car towed to a location for me to pick it up at a later time. I have a spare key and want the driver the lock the other key in the car. Unfortunately technology is getting in my way. ...
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Intermittently sticky caliper

This is a front caliper on a 03 Mazda protege. The right brake overheated the other day. I tore it apart and one of the caliper bolts was pretty rusted. I got a new bolt, pads and greased the ...
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Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
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2011 Mazda3 airbag disabled for light passenger

I recently bought a new 2011 Mazda3. Everything about it has been great so far, except one glaring detail. When my 87 pound girlfriend rides in the passenger seat, the "pass airbag off" light comes ...
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What will happen in result of the failure of a clutch release bearing?

I drive a 88 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd. The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release ...
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1999 Mazda 626 Shakes when Idle

I've got a 1999 Mazda 626 that shakes really badly when idling. It gets a little better when put into neutral, but not much. I've had two people suggest possibilities: Fuel filter Vacuum hose ...
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Front-end metallic vibration noise - poorly lubricated brakes?

I have a manual-transmission 2008 Mazda 3 I. For the past day or two, I have detected a somewhat quiet metallic vibration noise coming from the front-end of my car. Some things I have noted: The ...
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What should I do about PS0128 “Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)” error code?

I have a Mazda 6 and recently purchased the OBD 2 module and saw the check engine light with the PS0128 Error Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature). I ...
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How do I unstick my tailgate?

I have a Mazda B2300 pickup with its tailgate stuck in the up position. The release lever doesn't require as much force to pull any more, and only one end seems to be releasing when I pull it. Any ...
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Do I really need to care if my car burns oil?

My car, a 97 Mazda 323, burns about a liter of oil per 1000 kilometers, mostly start and stop city driving. Sometimes I see a puff on start-up and sometimes I see smoke while accelerating, but it's ...
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Brake pedal goes all the way to floor, after ABS was activated

Hopefully someone can point me in the correct direction, or at least give me an idea about this before taking it to the shop. The other night I was driving around, streets were pretty snowy around ...
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'03 Mazda Tribute needs jumped every time it starts

I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is with the vehicle. I suppose it could be the alternator or just a dead battery, but could also be something more detailed. I have ...
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Testing PCV: Constanct Suction or Pulsing Suction

I tested my PCV by taking off the oil fill cap and placing a piece of paper over it. I observed a pulsating suction and not a constant suction. Is that normal? If it's normal should I clean the PCV ...
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Clanging in back of Mazda 3

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 sedan with ~100,000 miles on it (it's the 2.0L version). Last October, I noticed a significant clanging noise that was coming from the rear of the vehicle whenever I went over ...
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MX5 lost power after spark plug change

I own a Mazda MX5 mk2 1.6L. I had severe problems with engine misfiring, caused by the valve cover seal, to leak. The oil that was leaking was concentrated near the spark plugs, and periodically it ...
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Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
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If I were to convert a gas powered automobile to an electric car, would a difference in specs possibly damage the car?

I would like to convert a Mazda Miata into an electric car, I plan to remove the engine and the gearbox, and have the car be a direct drive. The motor I intend to use has twice the torque of a ...
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A/C clutch turns on and off frequently

I have 2011 Mazda CX7. When I first turn the car on I can see the A/C clutch being engaged, but after the car runs for bit, then clutch disengages. After a while it starts to engage for few seconds ...
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P0128: Coolant Temp Below Thermostat Regulating Temp

I have a 2005 Mazda 3 (SP 2.3), and the check engine light came on. I went out and bought a code reader that told me there are 2 codes. The first being the P0128 code and then the second is showing up ...
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How do you troubleshoot cruise control? (Mazda Tribute 2005)

I just bought a used 2005 Mazda Tribute. The only problem I have with the car is that the cruise control doesn't work....and I have no clue how/where to start! The cruise light on the dashboard ...
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Falling RPM's and Stalls after Releasing the Clutch

Once my 97 Mazda 323 get's up to normal operating temperature, around say 90 C, the RPM's will occasionally nosedive after taking it out of gear, releasing the clutch and letting off the gas. What I ...
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Mazda 323: How to find OEM Part Numbers

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and was wondering if there is a way to find out OEM part numbers other than running to the local Mazda dealership and begging them. I mean, is ...
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Mazda 3 1.6 OBDII P0403 resolved after changing spark plugs?

I had been plagued by intermittent OBDII P0403 check engine light for months. I changed the EGR valve, had the harness replaced but to no avail. The workshop said it is the PCM and quoted a hefty ...
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Mazda 323: Does the EMU / ECU learn?

I have a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP and was wondering if the EMU / ECU on it learns? Could unplugging the battery to reset it help some of my problems with erratic idle? I found ...
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Steering Problem on Mazda 3

I have a very odd problem with my steering on my 08 Mazda 3 Takara. I've had it since January now and to be honest have never been happy with the steering. I've got a couple of problems with it: 1) ...
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2001 Mazda Protege — Battery Charge Problems

For the past year or so, I've had to manually charge the Protege's battery before going anywhere, every single day. Either the battery is not "holding its charge" or there's a component that's ...
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Front Windshield Sprayer Problem - 2005 Mazda 3

Driving home the other day, my front windshield washer sprayers stopped working. At first, just the passenger side nozzle sprayed, which led me to believe it was just ice on the other one. However, ...