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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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  8. 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...
  10. 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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    (a) Have a new water pump installed. --or--...

    (a) Have a new water pump installed.
    --or--
    (b) Top off the fluids and trade-in the car to a Mazda dealer.

    The pressure test should be able to tell if the leak continues, but engine heat...
  19. A Magnefine or similar in-line hydraulic filter...

    A Magnefine or similar in-line hydraulic filter on the hot ATF line to the cooler is a very good idea for anyone who plans on owning their car for many years. All hydraulic systems need clean oil. ...
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    I've had similar reactions due to water in the...

    I've had similar reactions due to water in the gasoline. Try buying a bottle of Heet or other gas additive labeled to remove water from the fuel system. Follow label directions and see if that...
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    Is the popping noise when you're turning the...

    Is the popping noise when you're turning the steering wheel, or when the wheel is stationary and the car in its left turn?

    If while you're turning the wheel, it might be the thrust bearing at the...
  22. 2007~2015 Try driving over a speed bump a bit faster than...

    Try driving over a speed bump a bit faster than normal. See if you can shake the sensor's float loose so it starts working again.
  23. 2016~2019 For a small cost and a few minutes we get a much...

    For a small cost and a few minutes we get a much better sound. Bose embarrassed themselves with this subwoofer.
  24. Thread: Running board

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    Does the running board serve any purpose except...

    Does the running board serve any purpose except to get mud on your pants when you exit the car?
  25. You can un-rotate your tires. Leave the cupped...

    You can un-rotate your tires. Leave the cupped one on the back unless it is too uncomfortable for you. Rotation is to extend the life of the tire tread. If you're OK leaving the cupped one on the...
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