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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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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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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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1999 mazda 626 v6 Lx, 140k miles engine wanting to stall @ stops

Just had a local shop do a timing belt/water pump. Something feels off, now she wants to idle down to almost a stall when I come to a stop. Suggestions?
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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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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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Vibrations at idle

After installing a rebuilt transmission, it was slipping and sticking in 3rd gear. A 2nd rebuilt transm eliminated those problems but this one has caused major vibrations in gear, or neutral, or park ...
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My horn has stopped working

I have a 97 Mazda 323 and the horn has stopped working. When I press the horn button on the steering wheel I hear a clicking noise but no horn. What should I check?
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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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Clunking noise disappears when weather is cold?

On my '02 Mazda Protege5, I hear a clunking noise on the front, driver side wheel area. I am lead to believe that it is a Control Arm Bushing. Anyway, it was really bad this past summer and ...
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Mazda 323: Plugged in Coolant Temp Sensor - Now Car won't Start

I recently bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP. I found the following wire unplugged on the drivers side of the engine, next to the water intake from the radiator: It plugs ...
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Should I Replace my Thermostat? If yes, how?

Earlier this year, I had my CEL come on on my '05 Mazda 3 due to P0128 (asked about here). I cleared the code, and it never came back. Six months later, I have the code P0126 come up and now I'm ...
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Is all Mazda 3 (2009) affected by the recent recall for possible airbag explosion issue?

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/10/21/exploding-airbag-recall said Mazda 3 (2009) is among the models affected by the recent recall for possible airbag explosion issue. I called my maintainance ...
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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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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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Car shaking on startup

My car has been shaking on start-up. The check-engine light has been on/off periodically. When I originally took it in, my mechanic replaced a sensor (and a whole bunch of other stuff not related to ...
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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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Lights turn on randomly on Mazda 323

I have a 1994 Mazda 323 that's in great shape except for in the last few months the car has started to turn on both turn signal lights at random times, draining my battery. If I catch it in time, ...
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How to repair a temperature gauge?

The temperature gauge in my 1996 Mazda 626 has been dead for as long as I have had the car (years). I never bothered to fix it because the car seemed fine. I recently had an issue where I discovered 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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Cruise Control Master Switch

2012 Mazda 3 I use cruise at every opportunity. I leave the system "on" permanently, then engage the accele/resume/cancel buttons as needed. Does leaving the system in the "ready" mode like this ...
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Turn signal not returning to neutral

I am considering buying a 2005 Mazda 3i. One of the problems with the car is that, when turning right, the turn signal does not return to neutral on its own, you have to do it manually. What part ...
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Mazda 3 2004 Engine Revving when car not moving

I recently noticed when my car comes to a stop engine running and ac on the engine revs as if it wants to move forward. The rev isn't huge. When i am in traffic and holding down on the brakes, if i ...
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Compatible wiper linkage or transmission mechanism for Mazda 323 Familia, 1995 model (sedan)?

I can't find the wiper transmission/linkage mechanism for Mazda 323 familia, 1995 model (sedan). As a result I am looking for one that is compatible. So the question is, what wiper ...
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P0442: Faulty EVAP System

After seeing my CEL come on in my '05 Mazda 3 (just passed 100K mi.), I used my code reader to find out that the code was P0442. So I naturally came to this website to see what I could find on the ...
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Improve engine sound of Mazda RX-8

I would like my 2006 Mazda RX-8 Shinka to be a little louder. I just don't know where to start though. The engine has such a nice sound, but I can't really hear it. I don't want it to be so loud that ...
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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, ...
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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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Why is the antenna on the Mazda5 off-center?

Does anyone know why the antenna on the Mazda5 is not centered on the back of the vehicle?
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How to replace an alternator?

I've got an '05 Mazda 3 SP 2.3 and my question is how do I replace my alternator? My situation is pretty much the exact same as described on this site: ...
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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How to fix “lazy” electricity to the cab of an '89 Mazda B2200

I don't know how else to describe it but as "lazy". There's power to the speedometer/temperature/fuel portion of the dashboard, but nothing else in the cab has power, including the interior light. ...
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How to unlock all doors with the key on a 2006 Mazda

If I turn the driver-side door key clockwise, release it, and turn it clockwise again, all the doors on the vehicle lock. However, if I turn it counter-clockwise, release it, and turn it ...
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Can a Hydraulic clutch be adjusted?

The biting point on my Mazda 2's clutch is very, very short and the car is uncomfortable to drive. Car is still under warranty, but the mechanic advised that it could not be adjusted and all Mazda 2 ...
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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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Mazda 3 (2006) passenger seat will not recline anymore

I have a Mazda 3 (2006) and the passenger seat will not recline anymore. I can reach under and feel that a wire which I believe should be 'pulled back' is loose. Pulling it does nothing so (does not ...
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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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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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Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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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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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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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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'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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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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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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My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car… What's wrong?

My Mazda 626 is loosing power steering; however, it is NOT leaking under car. What's wrong? I am not a mechanic; I'm puzzled why I'm loosing power steering fluid; however, it is not visibly leaking! ...
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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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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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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 ...