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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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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....
  14. The transmissions, PTU and location of the PTU...

    The transmissions, PTU and location of the PTU with exposure to high heat and quick break down of the gear oil are all the same.



    I disagree - and agree with puma: All PTUs shared by many Ford...
  15. 2007~2015 PTU = power transfer unit and is part of every...

    PTU = power transfer unit and is part of every AWD vehicle. The PTU transfers power from the transmission to the front half shafts and rear driveshaft. Usually there is a clutch between the rear...
  16. Tires make or break a car's ride comfort,...

    Tires make or break a car's ride comfort, performance and safety. Unfortunately they are also expensive. If money is tight then start saving at 5/32 tread depth - which can look at a glance "like...
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    Remember Mazda makes none of these parts. But, I...

    Remember Mazda makes none of these parts. But, I understand the warm fuzzy feeling of using Mazda labeled parts.
    Personal preference: go with the original equipment supplier. You get OEM quality and...
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    BTW: A first generation CX-9 with the 3.7L V6 is...

    BTW: A first generation CX-9 with the 3.7L V6 is a pretty capable vehicle. Just be aware the water pump is an expensive repair by a competent shop. However, if you can DIY a CX-9 needing a water pump...
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    Any mid-size car is capable of towing 2,000 lbs....

    Any mid-size car is capable of towing 2,000 lbs. If you are going long distances over mountains you will want to address transmission and engine cooling. But for your stated use the CX-5 will do the...
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    I believe the CX-5 has both level and pressure...

    I believe the CX-5 has both level and pressure switches on the oil. Echo above: Neither should come on when it is only 1/2 to 3/4 qts low.
    Add: 4.9 qts is the right fill (4.5 liters is specified). ...
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    TSBs never impact every car. The difference...

    TSBs never impact every car. The difference between a recall and TSB (or the reason a TSB becomes a recall) boil down to 2 topics - severity and frequency:
    What is the severity of the issue when it...
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    So much weird in this thread. First, groaning and...

    So much weird in this thread. First, groaning and creaking is way more often bushing / suspension related and not brakes. Second, the typical cure is to use OEM components because aftermarket parts...
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    2017~2019 At an emotional level a previous rental feels...

    At an emotional level a previous rental feels like a riskier choice - but the facts don't support this. Previous rentals are no better or worse than any other used car. You still need to inspect the...
  24. Before I bought my CX-5 I talked with 2 Mazda...

    Before I bought my CX-5 I talked with 2 Mazda owners - both women, both had great experiences with a Mazda dealer south of the Twin Cities, MN. I bought there and it was a good experience. I'll...
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    Yes: Castrol, Mobil1 and any other GL-5 oil and a...

    Yes: Castrol, Mobil1 and any other GL-5 oil and a quality filter will meet all the requirements. You will not harm your engine in any way.
    But let's not ruin a good obsess on oil thread. I'll add a...
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