What have you done to your CX-5 today?

Sushi-N-Sake

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring
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Pine Grove,Pa
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CX5 & Volvo C30 T5
Your brake fluid looks very dark! When was the last time it was flushed and filled?

Don't mean to pick on you but...

Those battery terminals look like they need a bit of attention too.
Brake fluid was replaced a few months ago with Ravenol dot 4 at the same time the belts were replaced, the battery terminals were cleaned and sprayed with a corrosion protector around the same time. so good to go for a while.
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Brake fluid was replaced a few months ago with Ravenol dot 4 at the same time the belts were replaced, the battery terminals were cleaned and sprayed with a corrosion protector around the same time. so good to go for a while.
So the pictures were taken before all of these maintenance work? Nice!
 

Sushi-N-Sake

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring
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Pine Grove,Pa
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CX5 & Volvo C30 T5
So the pictures were taken before all of these maintenance work? Nice!
The pics were taken after the work was done, unfortunately my phone doesn't really capture the lighting as well as it should, so it's a little deceptive in the pic, always 3 shades darker than what it actually is. Tried to adjust my camera settings to no avail, nice clean amber fluid in there.

Battery terminals look a little dark because of the coating of corrosion protection spray that I used.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DKRGLM/?tag=m20b7-20

When this battery finally dies, it will be replaced with an AGM one like I have in my Volvo, so no worries about acid leaks or corroded terminals.
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
The pics were taken after the work was done, unfortunately my phone doesn't really capture the lighting as well as it should, so it's a little deceptive in the pic, always 3 shades darker than what it actually is. Tried to adjust my camera settings to no avail, nice clean amber fluid in there.

Battery terminals look a little dark because of the coating of corrosion protection spray that I used.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DKRGLM/?tag=m20b7-20

When this battery finally dies, it will be replaced with an AGM one like I have in my Volvo, so no worries about acid leaks or corroded terminals.
Actually I haven’t seen a battery terminal clamp looks like that bad in your picture for a long time. The battery terminal clamps on my 22-year-old 1998 Honda CR-V still look like new as leaking battery is rare nowadays with better technology. I’d get a new OEM cable with new terminal clamp when you get a new battery, unless your clamp condition looks much better than in the picture like the brake fluid.
 

Sushi-N-Sake

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring
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Pine Grove,Pa
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CX5 & Volvo C30 T5
The battery terminals are fine, like I said battery corosion protector has been applied to the terminals.

A little dust has accumulated on it also over the last couple months as the reason they look dark.

They would look perfectly shiny, almost new if I remove the corrosion protection.
 

Chris_Top_Her

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San Antonio, Texas
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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
Replaced some anti rattle clips that I didn't have on hand when I changed the pads a while back. But I only bought the fronts by mistake. Also added more fill to the trash rear diff mount. It'll be filled eventually.
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Southwest Ohio
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'19 CX-5 diesel
Replaced the rear brake pads and rotors on our 2016.5 touring. 92,500 miles on the original brakes and the rear still had LEFT 4mm/4mm (outer/inner) and RIGHT 3mm/4mm thickness remaining. Probably could have gone another 20k miles but it's developed a slight pulsation while braking that is beginning to get annoying so wanted to get some new rotors on. I like Raybestos brand components ...Element3 Coated Rotors 981008FZN and Pads EHT1846H

The job itself was pretty straight forward and easy. I followed the procedure for placing the rear EPB in "maintenance mode" and just used my thumbs to push the piston in by hand to fit the new pads. The two caliper bolts are 14mm as well as the two bracket bolts (need to remove those to replace the rotor.) Caliper slide pins were still free moving and boots in good shape.

I was a little worried how hard it would be to pop the rotors off (untouched since new) but they came right off by running a bolt in the little threaded "pilot hole" (Idunno what you call it). I don't know what size bolt it is but it's got to be pretty common because I had a lot of that size in my "spare bolt jar".

Key points:
Make sure you get the EPB in "Maintenance Mode"
Knock off any corrosion in the channels for the pad clips so the new ones fit in properly.
Don't turn the piston any and just push it straight in by hand, just enough to fit over new pads.
I knock the rust off with a wire brush/sand paper and slather a little anti-seeze compound where the rotor contacts the hub to make removal easy next time.

If your thinking about doing your brakes yourself I think these were pretty easy to do. You could literally do it with one 14mm crescent wrench, a hammer, and piece of sand paper. No reason to pay a shop a bunch of money to do this.
 

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Sushi-N-Sake

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring
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Pine Grove,Pa
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CX5 & Volvo C30 T5
Replaced some anti rattle clips that I didn't have on hand when I changed the pads a while back. But I only bought the fronts by mistake. Also added more fill to the trash rear diff mount. It'll be filled eventually. View attachment 226323
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Was looking at replacement bushing for when the time comes a while back, I have read they can be problematic at times on an otherwise reliable vehicle, came across this.



New item coming soon: https://www.superpro.com.au/whats-new/138-mazda-cx-5-rear-diff-bushing-upgrade-spf5108k

Maybe you will find it useful
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Wouldn't bother. Not worth the effort to remove it (rear diff comes out). Filling around the already ripped mount makes it stiffer than stock anyhow.
I see! Hopefully this’s not a common problem for our AWD CX-5 and it’s trashed only because of your aggressive driving style. ;)
 

Chris_Top_Her

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San Antonio, Texas
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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
Well, it's just very flexible rubber. It's only a matter of time, if you look closely you might see tears in the "arms" that make up the mounting body.
 
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CX5 GT +pp 2018




Time has come to replace the 2+ years panasonic oem battery, which has started the path to slow death in the AZ heat and not enough driving lately. Only 350 CCA measured even after full charge and the car starts very slowly.

If anyone is interested, the AGM "X2 Power" Group35 (Northstar re- brand battery) is a straight fit and size over the OEM.
Even the battery box fits like a glove on it.
battery plus has 20% off and 20$ rebate till end of Sept.
Hopefully this one will last much longer than the smaller/mini Panasonic that Mazda has put in. (pic below)

 
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Phoenix
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2020 CX5 signature
Not sure I need a $250 battery in Phoenix. Even if it came with a 60 month warranty it's going to go bad within 3 years in Phoenix, and you only get 1 replacement. Costco price on a group 35 is $78.99.
 
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CX5 GT +pp 2018
220 after all discounts and cashbacks.
lets call it an experiment for me :)

I would prefer OEM one but they are in the 170 range and not even Japan made. Probably same jci flooded one that one can buy from costco.
one of the problems in AZ is also losing electrolyte in the super heat and fast sulfatization.

We can't compare costco (jci recycled parts) flooded batteries to odyssey or northstar deep cycle AGMs.

My research shows different story for the northstar battery and the odyssey batt operating temp range, the time it loses charge sitting idle, deep cycles etc. but only time will tell how it would perform.
If it gets to 4+ years mark I'll be happy.
 
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