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    The viscosity is out of spec. The viscosity at...

    The viscosity is out of spec. The viscosity at 100C for 30 wt should be 9.3 to 12.49 centistokes. Your test showed 8.4 cst. Your Pennz started at 10.3 according to their data sheet. That loss...
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    It sounds like a bad sensor. Is there a way to...

    It sounds like a bad sensor. Is there a way to put a temporary oil pressure gauge on the system to read the actual oil pressure? What brand oil filter did you use? Any chance that could be...
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    I chased down a hard to find oil leak one time. ...

    I chased down a hard to find oil leak one time. I used a couple of aerosol cans of solvent (brake clean, etc.) to wash the area dry, wiped it with a bit of rag on a long 4-finger grabber, got it...
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    Thanks for the info about what is new in the SN+...

    Thanks for the info about what is new in the SN+ oils. A quick glance shows that both Castrol Edge and Mobil 1 are SN+. (Mobil 1---sheesh---14 different versions, 6 of which will work in our...
  5. I don't think anyone has found a cross reference...

    I don't think anyone has found a cross reference plug. The Mazda OE plug seems to be it.

    Denso: "Sorry, we don't have any products in this category (Spark Plugs) that fit your vehicle, but you...
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    Look into the oil catch can threads by sm1ke. He...

    Look into the oil catch can threads by sm1ke. He installed the catch can to trap any oil droplets, and it's been dry so far. In any case, the cleanliness of the oil doesn't relate much with the...
  7. Front right refill: TK7867333 Front left...

    Front right refill: TK7867333
    Front left refill: TK4867333
    Less than $7 each.

    Take the blade off the arm for better access. (On the arm is OK, just awkward the first time.) Push the square...
  8. Try putting a bit of leather treatment on each...

    Try putting a bit of leather treatment on each part. If it soaks in, it's leather. If it doesn't soak in, it's vinyl.

    I like Lexol Vinylex or 303 Protectant on vinyl. I tried some Chemical Guys...
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    Mobil 1 is one of many fine oils that will work...

    Mobil 1 is one of many fine oils that will work great in our engines. Idemitsu oil is probably very good, but is it anything special? They have a blending plant in Indiana where they buy base oil,...
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    ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturer's Assn)...

    ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturer's Assn) specs often relate to extended drain intervals and specific manufacturer's requirements. A5/B5 is their highest spec for gasoline engines. C & E specs...
  11. The wiper blade refills from a dealership are low...

    The wiper blade refills from a dealership are low cost and easy to install. Trico and the identical NAPA-branded Exact Fit wipers snap right in.
  12. Both bars should have one end that is able to...

    Both bars should have one end that is able to slide. This allows for tightening as mentioned as well as flex with a load on them--we do not want a side thrust on the roof rails. The tight bar...
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    It is always good to renew all fluids. They all...

    It is always good to renew all fluids. They all deteriorate with time and usage. Brake fluid, power steering fluid, differential gear oil as well as the usual antifreeze and engine oil as well as...
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    2016~2019 Was that with so-called All Season tires? As...

    Was that with so-called All Season tires? As noted above the different brands and models snow & ice performance varies widely. Don't blame the car if the shoes are slippery.

    Bridgestone Blizzak...
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    All the wheel specs are here: ...

    All the wheel specs are here: https://www.wheel-size.com/ If the center bore is too big, you can buy adapter rings. If it's too small, you're out of luck.

    The other thing to compare is the...
  16. The airbox is up-flow; the bottom of the filter...

    The airbox is up-flow; the bottom of the filter catches the dirt. The bottom of the airbox has a snorkel that goes up to the sill at the top of the grill. The airflow is through the grill, up and...
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    How much wet road slop gets thrown up on the...

    How much wet road slop gets thrown up on the sides? Do you think it'll throw winter road sand (here the "sand" is about the size of an olive pit) against the paint? Will the optional splashguards...
  18. Tires continue to be improved. Developments in...

    Tires continue to be improved. Developments in rubber compounds, tread patterns, and casing design continue to be made. It seems that the top manufacturers leap frog each other bringing...
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    Best brakes how? Take a look at the EBC web...

    Best brakes how? Take a look at the EBC web site, pick a type of brake pad that sounds good to you, and look at the spider diagram. Not all manufacturers have this information available. ...
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    No problems.
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    crikey, we don't know what support is in the roof...

    crikey, we don't know what support is in the roof under the mounting points for the crossbars. Nope, metal, not plastic. I think the main advantage of Thule is the width, where needed, in addition...
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    I mixed things up. He wants standard running...

    I mixed things up. He wants standard running clearances which he cannot find with aftermarket wheels.

    I see, less positive offset will set the wheels even more outboard and throw more winter slop...
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    Wheel spacer question

    Not a Mazda question---a buddy just picked up a 2018 Acura MDX and is looking for snow tires & wheels. The stock Mazda wheels have a 55mm positive offset. That's more than most cars. Our CX9s have...
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    The bearing at the top of the strut carries the...

    The bearing at the top of the strut carries the car's weight at that corner of the car. It allows the wheel to steer under the car. The bearing is separate, but the strut assembly needs to be...
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    I've seen the rear pads wear first on another...

    I've seen the rear pads wear first on another car. I owned a Volvo 850 for 200,000 miles. It was great to us, and I saw the rear pads wear out before the fronts every time.
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