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Boring Daily Build

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2003 Mazda Protege5
It stopped raining long enough for me to dump a bit of ATF down the cylinders. I'm not sure how to get a socket on the crank and turn it over so I guess I'll just let them sit.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
I've been thinking about that test to see where the oil in the cylinders is coming from.

If you were to start your car and let it idle until it's fully warmed up and the fan kicks in a few times, the oil rings should expand and stop the leaking and the cylinders should clear themselves of any oil.

Then shut off your car and pull the plugs right away to verify that they are dry.

If they become wet by the next day after sitting, then the oil came from your valve seals.

Removing the plugs from a hot engine might be tricky though.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Yeah I figured that'd be the absolute right way to do it and I will do it that way eventually. Probably when I do the engine flush actually, because engine has to be warmed up for that.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Engine flush should get here today but we'll see if I do it today or not. I'm gonna try to get the control arm on first.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
I’m think I’m gonna have to go get replacement bolt for part #8. Any ideas on the size? So I don’t have to aimlessly wander the hardware store.
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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
All I know is that it's metric..

At least you've got the bolt for reference.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
here’s what I got from Home Depot, for others who may need a replacement. It’s a little shorter than the stock bolt but hopefully it’ll do the job.
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2003 Mazda Protege5
I got the bolt into the control arm and bracket but can’t get it to thread into the hole past the control arm
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2003 Mazda Protege5
How much did you have to lift on the control arm? I’m lifting a good bit and I don’t want to bend it
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
I had to back off the bracket bolts quite a bit to give the bracket some room to move.

The control arm needs to be a level as possible like when the weight of the car is on it.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Are you sure that's the right thread??
Are they metric threads??

They don't appear the same in the picture??


Do this with the two bolts to make sure they mesh...

 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
I just read your package and it appears to be metric threading...

It could be just the picture??
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
You're better off with a slightly longer bolt than shorter as long as the longer bolt doesn't bottom out or hit something.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Yeah you’re right... I guess I’m waiting until I can cut the first bolt I bought tomorrow.
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and here I thought I was almost done :(
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
I got the shorter one because it was only slightly shorter and I didn’t want the longer one to bottom out. But it doesn’t matter I’ll cut the really long one tomorrow
 

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