Great video! I might be able to use this for reference if I decide to tackle changing out the rear diff mounts myself. Do you think the rear diff mounts can be replaced without having to dissasemble to the drive shaft?
This sounds very patronising but I love it when someone with no mechanical skills has a go and fixes it themselves. I am a mechanic and I would always recommend doing so because as long as you don*t ruin it or hurt yourself, you*ve got nothing to lose!
All I would do differently is put all thefixing bolts in together and run them up evenly working opposite then 90 degrees etc until they are all up tight. It*s nit picking but it might save something getting twisted. Brilliant and I make quite a few videos and it takes quite a bit of work and time so again, thanks for all your effort.
PS, I reckon your helper *Bolt* was curled up in front of the fire while you were lay on that concrete floor ;-)
About the aftermarket solution for the diff wire, the thing is only us in northern places where there is salt have these problems, where they don't use salt on the roads the problem must not be there.
if you have a flashing awd, that is not it, the wire problem on the rear diff would lit a solid awd symbol. A flashing awd symbol for 10 seconds is a sign the awd system isn't working, so either transfer case or front diff teeth that are chewed up.
if the light is solid than yes it is the solenoid, you should be able to fix it.
what did you do for the sheared splines? How did they solved it? New Diff? That must have cost a lot of money!
I will try to take a look at it over the holidays if I can get access to a friends heated garage with a lift.
My dealer actually worked with me to get the transmission problem solved, surprisingly enough. Although it took a long time. At first they didn't believe my diagnosis of the sheared splines (based on the excellent information on this site). They even took the car to Mazda HQ.
In the end they had a local transmission shop source an output shaft from a used transmission and rebuilt mine. Or maybe I got the other used transmission, I can't be sure. The job cost me $2,000 which I was not pleased about, but better than having to buy a new transmission.