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    Sticky: Yes, quite. This is a rhythmic squeak consistent...

    Yes, quite. This is a rhythmic squeak consistent with road speed that goes away when the brakes are applied. Never had this before. If it didn't go away under braking I'd be more confident it was...
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    Sticky: Wow, that silver car looks great! Still hurts a...

    Wow, that silver car looks great! Still hurts a little to look at since I live in the Great Northern Land of Carnivorous Potholes.



    This past week, I finally snatched a day to look at the...
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    Sticky: Ended up changing my own oil this time around,...

    Ended up changing my own oil this time around, mostly because what with life and things I never got around to visiting the dealership for an oil change.

    Entertainingly, after having purchased...
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    So basically, proper bleeding of an ABS equipped...

    So basically, proper bleeding of an ABS equipped vehicle involves triggering an "ABS event" to get the fluid to cycle through all the ABS valves, which is normally done in the shop with a special...
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    Sorry, I'm really not sure what "box" you mean to...

    Sorry, I'm really not sure what "box" you mean to refer to.


    By "hacking", I assume you mean actually reprogramming the ECM? I think that's what a friend of mine had to have done so that a '99...
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    Sticky: A mod video reminded me that my dealership wanted...

    A mod video reminded me that my dealership wanted to replace my fuel filter at some insane price (about $200 IIRC - silly me didn't take a copy of the over $2000.00 in random bits they recommended...
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    Um .... so do you still have these or not?...

    Um .... so do you still have these or not? (scratch)
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    Not sure what you mean ... sounds like adding...

    Not sure what you mean ... sounds like adding rather than removing technology?

    I currently have the RFID bit of the key fob zip tied inside the ring part of the transceiver (at least, that's...
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    Might depend on where you live and what the...

    Might depend on where you live and what the "cleaning" includes. Where I live they spread salt constantly all winter, and I just replaced my front hubs at 60k miles because the rotors were rusted in...
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    This is interesting. I've noticed a slightly...

    This is interesting. I've noticed a slightly mushy brake pedal on our '12 "5", and I assumed that new brake hoses might be in order even though brake feel is generally just like new after my brake...
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    Turns out removing the lock cylinder is just like...

    Turns out removing the lock cylinder is just like an old Ford, only the pin is on the top. Experiment is underway!
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    Took a look inside the steering column cover. ...

    Took a look inside the steering column cover. Seems the RFID duties are handled by an extra module located directly underneath the ignition lock and connected to the car with a tiny 4-pin connector....
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    Cool. These docs look as easy to use as Haynes...

    Cool. These docs look as easy to use as Haynes manuals! (yes)


    Finding specs on Alldata = (bang)
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    Sticky: Ugh. Really? Hey, good news - I hadn't...

    Ugh. Really?




    Hey, good news - I hadn't realized you could get the balljoint separately. Did you use a regular balljoint C clamp press like this one? ...
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    Sticky: On the other hand, we don't have scorpions or...

    On the other hand, we don't have scorpions or giant cockroaches. :-D (though maybe that's more Arizona than California?)


    A nearby yard has hubs and spindles, they'll sell me the package for...
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    Sticky: Ugh!

    Thought I would finally get around to servicing my brakes today. Thought total cost would be $137 for the eight new pads I already bought from the dealer parts department plus $60 to $75 for turning...
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    Before: Trying too hard to be a sports car,...

    Before: Trying too hard to be a sports car, twitchy handling, nasty thuds over our local roads, getting tire blisters about every 5000 miles.

    After: More-normal modern car, but most people won't...
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    What are you looking to get for them?

    What are you looking to get for them?
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    Maybe this will help: ...

    Maybe this will help:

    https://www.wheel-size.com/size/mazda/mazda6/2019/

    https://www.wheel-size.com/size/mazda/mazda5/2012/


    So if a 18x7.5" wheel with 50mm offset is recommended for a "5",...
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    Eliminating RFID on ignition key?

    Since my family now has two postmodern-era vehicles ('12 5T and '16 3iS), my keyring is getting ridiculous with not one but two giant remote controls dangling from it. Seems like time for an...
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    Mazda camber plates - why camber only?

    I've noticed that this product (and similar products) are advertised to adjust camber only:

    https://corksport.com/corksport-mazdaspeed-3-camber-plates.html

    For other popular vehicle platforms,...
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    Sticky: Waiting on a good day to do my brakes. Pads were...

    Waiting on a good day to do my brakes. Pads were $137 from the dealer parts counter, and turning is (was?) $15 per rotor locally, so I expect to save ~$700 doing it at home.



    This reminds me,...
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    Camber plates vs. camber-caster plates

    I've noticed that for some reason the only alignment plates that seem to be available for Mazda folks are designed to adjust camber only. This seems odd, as other Mac strut cars (i.e. several...
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    Sticky: Finally in the process of "-1" sizing, after 6.5...

    Finally in the process of "-1" sizing, after 6.5 years driving in Michigan potholes on 50 series rubberbands. Found a deal on 16" Mazda5 Sport wheels with TPMS included, also four good Altimax RT43s...
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    Likely depends on the year Crown Vic, actually. ...

    Likely depends on the year Crown Vic, actually. This wheel was zero offset from an '80s model, but '03+ used a positive offset wheel. Of course, one can't go -2 with that since Vics went to 16"...
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