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I currently own a 2005 Mazda 3 SP2.3. I am just starting to do my own maintenance and repair on my car.


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asked Do I need to replace the A/C Clutch, A/C Relay, or A/C Belt?
Mar
19
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
13
accepted How to replace an alternator?
Mar
12
comment How to replace an alternator?
Is this specific to my '05 Mazda 3, or just in general?
Mar
12
revised How to replace an alternator?
Got rid of the question of if I should replace it, and now asking how to replace it.
Mar
12
comment How to replace an alternator?
Thanks guys, unfortunately living in the 9-5 job world I had to make a decision last night and after locating my alternator (kind of under and to the left of my engine block) I made the decision to have a shop do it. If I had more time and another way of getting to work, I would have loved to do it myself. Will change the question to ask how to replace it, rather than if I should. Would still like to know for future reference.
Mar
12
asked How to replace an alternator?
Jan
6
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
7
comment Should I Replace my Thermostat? If yes, how?
You clearly know more than I do about cars, so I want to ask some clarifying questions. What is an ECU program? I used my OBD2 scanner and the only codes coming up are P0126 and now P0128 (its back). The only thing my OBD2 Scanner (amzn.to/1hDH1FS) certain monitors are complete, nothing about temps. I don't have an IR Thermometer. What does it mean to run a drive cycle? How do I do that? What is a Secondary DTC? Thanks for the help so far!
Dec
2
asked Should I Replace my Thermostat? If yes, how?
Aug
23
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
24
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
9
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
3
accepted Can I use just any 17mm bolt?
Jun
3
comment Can I use just any 17mm bolt?
I ended up finding out through the shock absorber manufacturer that the bolt had to be an M12 (I was introduced to this measure of strength as well) with 1.25 threading. Problem was the dealer said I had to wait a week to have it shipped, and no hardware store around me carried that. So I had to use the original bolt on the new shocks. Will keep this in mind for next time!
May
30
comment Can I use just any 17mm bolt?
@mikes, R.. sums up my thoughts on the matter.
May
30
asked Can I use just any 17mm bolt?
May
16
accepted P0128: Coolant Temp Below Thermostat Regulating Temp
May
16
comment P0128: Coolant Temp Below Thermostat Regulating Temp
Kept looking around online, and turns out this is how you change out the thermostat. (mazda3forums.com/showthread.php?t=392043)
May
15
revised P0128: Coolant Temp Below Thermostat Regulating Temp
Updated with coolant levels and additional question.