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    Tires will work, but wheels will not. The Mazda...

    Tires will work, but wheels will not. The Mazda requires 5 x 114.3 lug pattern and 67.1 center bore. OEM wheels are +45mm offset (the hub is 55mm in front of the center of the wheel).
    I'll repeat...
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    38K on brake pads? Not great, but not bad if the...

    38K on brake pads? Not great, but not bad if the miles are mostly city driven. EPB concern would be evident by then with scorched rotors. So that may be something to consider. A Mazda dealer should...
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    Not surprised that rear pads are wearing as fast...

    Not surprised that rear pads are wearing as fast or faster compared to front pads. For many years now manufacturers have been formulating the pads specifically for that outcome. They can't change the...
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    Kinda off topic. But, glad you have not...

    Kinda off topic. But, glad you have not experienced the TSB issue (rear brakes dragging). That is the nature of a TSB: not every car is going to have the issue.
    Speaking for myself: 60K on a set of...
  5. 2017~2019 A check engine light with a DTC P0524 stored...

    A check engine light with a DTC P0524 stored would be a worry - or at least require an oil pressure check. The oil light flashing for about 15 seconds will not hurt anything.

    It is hard to say why...
  6. Hmmm - aggressive tire in what way? Wider tire?...

    Hmmm - aggressive tire in what way? Wider tire? Or more aggressive tread pattern?
    Staying with the original 19" wheel you might try 235-50-19
    You can definitely gain a little in acceleration by...
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    Maybe - if the parking brake electric motor is...

    Maybe - if the parking brake electric motor is not ruined.
    Remove the electric brake (2 x bolts).
    Rotate the spindle on the back of the caliper counterclockwise.
    Reinstall the parking brake...
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    Agreed. I'm convinced for the DIY and really...

    Agreed. I'm convinced for the DIY and really anyone the simple drain refill is the best way to refresh fluids: coolant, transmission, power steering. Every fluid wears out over time. Around 100K...
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    Thanks. That's good input to the equations to...

    Thanks. That's good input to the equations to calculate the concentrate to fix the OPs problem. If the goal is 55% coolant then do a drain and refill with 80% concentrated mix = 100 oz pure coolant...
  10. 2007~2015 The OP has long ago decided to get or against...

    The OP has long ago decided to get or against getting a first gen CX-9. FWIW: Gen 1 CX-9 are very nice. Lots of power, comfort, space and decent handling. Actually very reliable too. As the screams...
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    Sorry, nothing to add about the Mazda dealers in...

    Sorry, nothing to add about the Mazda dealers in the Detroit area. Mazda dealer service is no better or worse on average compared to other brands. Easy for me to say. I DIY 99.9% of repairs and...
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    Agreed: FL-22 density is a bit higher compared to...

    Agreed: FL-22 density is a bit higher compared to ethylene glycol, but close enough that a hydrometer should work. But I hate to say that a simply hydrometer needs to be combined with temperature for...
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    Good to know - and a second recommendation -...

    Good to know - and a second recommendation - great tip.
    Used this tip around the same time on a Gen 1 CX-9 power steering pump belt. It was necessary because I changed out the chain driven water...
  14. Thanks for this link. It is actually the one I...

    Thanks for this link. It is actually the one I own and the best design of the universal ratcheting type. Mine is so old I had forgotten it is a lisle tool. This one expands to fit around the filter...
  15. Here I thought I was a pessimist - a curmudgeon....

    Here I thought I was a pessimist - a curmudgeon. But 32 pages into this thread and with nearly 10K posts between you: you guys put me to shame.




    God bless you guys. Thank you. I feel like an...
  16. Sorry guys but the best oil filter wrench is this...

    Sorry guys but the best oil filter wrench is this universal ratcheting type . It has the same advantage as the oil filter end cap: it will fit in a tight spot.
    Unfortunately, the end cap filter...
  17. Using OEM parts a fair price is around $500-600....

    Using OEM parts a fair price is around $500-600. Though, I think you can get equal results for much less even if you don't or can't DIY this project.

    elbaz: If you got a hitch installed for less...
  18. The Radar Dimax will be a great value if you do...

    The Radar Dimax will be a great value if you do your winter driving in Plano, TX.
    Just sharing my experience. Poor winter tread design will not improve with wear.
    And, willing to admit that if you...
  19. Thread: Brake kits

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    Wow! That is a great deal. They should look sharp...

    Wow! That is a great deal. They should look sharp too.
    Subscribed to see how they perform over time.
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    Nice rant - and I agree. I'm a big fan of the...

    Nice rant - and I agree. I'm a big fan of the minivan especially for a larger family and wish more people did not see them as image shattering. It is amazing how versatile the minivan is for hauling...
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    For the best fuel economy you want to reach...

    For the best fuel economy you want to reach operating temperature as soon as possible.
    Remember the coolant is under pressure so does not boil at 212*F. Assuming 18 psi even plain water will not...
  22. A ranking of brands can never capture the jewels...

    A ranking of brands can never capture the jewels and lemons in every brand portfolio. And, though I own and enjoy several Japanese brand cars they have produced (yes Toyota and Honda too) their share...
  23. Beware the tread wear rating spec because that...

    Beware the tread wear rating spec because that spec is not an industry standard test and can only be used to compare relative wear among different tires offered by a single brand. The Radar Dimax...
  24. This information may be elsewhere in this forum....

    This information may be elsewhere in this forum. But, since I recently replaced a CX-9 water pump I was forced to become more knowledgeable about the FL22 coolant and options.
    For future readers...
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    This is the gray world of deciding if the impact...

    This is the gray world of deciding if the impact of an issue creates a safety situation. I'm with jmhumr (above). There are many reasons a car can stall, go into limp mode or suddenly stop moving....
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