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  1. You should clean glass with acetone. alcohol...

    You should clean glass with acetone. alcohol leaves a residue which can hinder adhesion. Regarding double-sided adhesive tapes, I prefer 3M VHB - really aggressive, but only if the surface to which...
  2. Keep in mind that the older the vehicle, the more...

    Keep in mind that the older the vehicle, the more likely gaskets that are a pain to replace, will start seeping. In some cases, the cost to replace the gasket is just not possible or practical for...
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    Of course, much of the value of getting EWs...

    Of course, much of the value of getting EWs depends on the lack of reliability of the vehicle. On average, Mazdas are better than average as far as good reliability is concerned.
    As a general rule...
  4. 1a. How often do you check the battery to ensure...

    1a. How often do you check the battery to ensure that each cell's water/acid level is correct? I check my battery at every oil change. Letting a cell go dry will reduce the life of the battery.
    1b....
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    The reliability of Mazda 3s has been above...

    The reliability of Mazda 3s has been above average. However, after a 13 year old vehicle's future reliability depends in part on how well it was maintained. Find a maintenance schedule for this year...
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    Yes, a loose cap would do it.

    Yes, a loose cap would do it.
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    2017~2019 We had the same issue on the driver's side...

    We had the same issue on the driver's side armrest in our Lexus RX. I bought perfectly matching non-leather covers that are a perfect fit. The synthetic leather is impervious to lotion and sunscreen,...
  8. Thread: DIY Brakes?

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    I did the same with an oxygen sensor socket - had...

    I did the same with an oxygen sensor socket - had it in my tool box so long that I forgot it was there.
  9. Thread: Tire Pressure

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    ...and wear out the tires' center, faster.

    ...and wear out the tires' center, faster.
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    2017~2019 I can't ever remember that to be the case. When I...

    I can't ever remember that to be the case. When I was 21 years old, my annual salary was $11,000. A Mazda RX7 was $9700 out the door. I doubt that there were any cars out there for $2700.
  11. It seems like there is no calibrate/reset button?...

    It seems like there is no calibrate/reset button? I believe this is what I have and after setting it when my 3 was new, I have never had a false alarm (5 + years).
  12. Was the car purchased, new? Here's what I...

    Was the car purchased, new?
    Here's what I suggest:
    Tires: If potholes are numerous, you may consider down-sizing the wheels and tires by one inch. The resulting (higher profile) tires should...
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    If no one answers, simply stop by the dealership...

    If no one answers, simply stop by the dealership and ask the parts department person to print you the exploded view of the subassembly. You may also be able to find this drawing in one of the OEM...
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    So you're saying that the relearning process...

    So you're saying that the relearning process creates premature wear? Where did you read that? I have replaced dozens of batteries in ECU-equipped vehicles and never had a wear issue that caused...
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    They say that of a repair bill meets or exceeds...

    They say that of a repair bill meets or exceeds 50% of the value of the vehicle, it's time to sell. My aunt had a 2000 Mercury sedan for many years and she'd ask me every few years if I thought she...
  16. Thread: quiet tires

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    Yes, and Amsoil oil will allow your engine to...

    Yes, and Amsoil oil will allow your engine to last 40 years instead of only 25 years.
    Really, most tires' treads wear out long before the tire degrades from oxidation.
    Also, any compressor that is...
  17. Thread: quiet tires

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    Here's a couple of lists from Consumer Reports...

    Here's a couple of lists from Consumer Reports for all-season tires. Notice that many are above average in quietness (up-facing arrows)
  18. Compare the weight of the average rally car vs...

    Compare the weight of the average rally car vs your car's weight. Are they the same? If not close, then you are asking for problems with smaller brakes unless you can remove non-safety-related parts...
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    Absolutely not true. There are many Toyota hybrid...

    Absolutely not true. There are many Toyota hybrid taxis in New York with over 250,000 miles on the hybrid system. Likewise, there are many Lexus hybrids out there with well over 100,000 miles without...
  20. One thing and associated component that wasn't...

    One thing and associated component that wasn't yet mentioned is an under-tensioned drive belt or pully bearing. The belt can squeal a bit or a lot, depending upon how loose it is against the pulleys.
  21. Check out Corksport and Tirerack for accessories...

    Check out Corksport and Tirerack for accessories and upgraded replacement parts.
    I swapped out my 27 lb wheels for ones that are just under 10 lbs each lighter. Acceleration is definitely enhanced...
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    2013~2016 It may not be that simple a decision. Most...

    It may not be that simple a decision. Most independent shops service many types of vehicles, so their mechanics may not be very familiar with software and electronics issues for every vehicle that...
  23. I am a big fan of Pirellis as you can see from my...

    I am a big fan of Pirellis as you can see from my signature. My son has a 2012 Mazda 3 hatch with the Centurado P7s and he loves them. They are quiet, wear well, and handle well. The cost is very...
  24. All of my car's generation had turbos from the...

    All of my car's generation had turbos from the factory, as did the Ford Probe equivalent.221500

    This looks almost exactly like the one I had.
  25. It was OEM, not aftermarket. In fact, when they...

    It was OEM, not aftermarket. In fact, when they started wear out enough to be noticeable, I found out that the replacement cost was about $1200 at set + installation, so I went with KYB shocks.
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