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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.


Aug
15
comment P0442: Faulty EVAP System
1) To my naked eye, the gas cap looks perfectly fine, is there something that could be wrong, but not obvious at without looking in further detail? 2) Same goes for the connection between the gas cap and gas tank, is there something that I should use to test that? 3) I am still looking for this one, and seeing if I see any problem with the seal.
Aug
15
comment P0442: Faulty EVAP System
First, thank you for your answer. Can you tell me where I could expect to find the purge valve and the fuel tank pressure sensor? How exactly do you run a smoke test on the EVAP System?
Jul
15
asked P0442: Faulty EVAP System
Jul
14
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
11
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
18
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
23
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
22
comment Do I need to replace the A/C Clutch, A/C Relay, or A/C Belt?
I don't think my typing out a long response could do as much as good as a video of what I'm looking at. So, I uploaded this video to youtube (goo.gl/4DolRt). It should be a response to the relay, fuse, and refrigerant pressure items discussed in your answer. A neighbor also tested the relay system by bootleg rigging it with a paper clip, where it was getting some response, but not much at all. I appreciate your help thus far! Given the information in the video, what would you say to do next?
Apr
20
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