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    Quote Originally Posted by Avoidin Deer View Post
    I like that depth gauge. And less than $3!
    Gives accurate thread measurements of all 4 tires let alone different sections of the tire. Lets the owner know exactly how each tire is wearing down. Underrated tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avoidin Deer View Post
    I like that depth gauge. And less than $3!
    Gives accurate thread measurements of all 4 tires let alone different sections of the tire. Lets the owner know exactly how each tire is wearing down. Underrated tool.

    Oh and I use it to pry off rocks stuck in grooves while down there checking for nails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-5um View Post
    Gives accurate thread measurements of all 4 tires let alone different sections of the tire. Lets the owner know exactly how each tire is wearing down. Underrated tool.

    Oh and I use it to pry off rocks stuck in grooves while down there checking for nails.
    I'm reading the comments on those at Amazon, and some folks say they are off by 2/32"

    Have you played with yours yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avoidin Deer View Post
    I'm reading the comments on those at Amazon, and some folks say they are off by 2/32"

    Have you played with yours yet?
    Hmm...I would check with a measuring tape/ruler when I have the chance. If you had the tool at hand you can see it's easy to check its accuracy.

    That said the measurements may very of the placement on the tire....the sides usually have less depth then the middle.

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    A great tool to have is a magnetic work light like this one: https://www.harborfreight.com/390-lu...ght-63958.html Not that long ago that one was on sale for $19.99. It is a great light. Also a good cordless impact wrench is great to have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmcdNDkp5Sw Can usually find one cheap on ebay.

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    Applied dielectric grease on the battery terminals. This really makes a difference in stopping corrosion on the battery. For 7 bucks, a worthwhile preventative maintenance item. On my ES 330, I didn't use it and I saw some major corrosion develop on the battery terminals. I used this on my previous vehicle and it had no corrosion whatsoever 7 years in. You can also use this on many other types of connectors to seal out moisture. Basically, anything that has metal to metal contact, so bulb connectors and other electrical connections. This is also usually sold in smaller packets for a few dollars at the counter at most Auto parts stores such as Advance Auto and Auto Zone.

    Why is dielectric grease better than conductive grease explained (tl:dr: corrosion protection, universal application on all metals) https://www.w8ji.com/dielectric_grea...ive_grease.htm

    The CX-5 does not come with Navigation unless you get the Grand Touring trim (starting MSRP: 31,445) or higher.

    If you have a Sport or Touring trim, you can unlock the navigation functionality with a map card. The Navigation card for the U.S, Canada, and Mexico is part number BHP1-66-EZ1K. It retails for $331.57 from Mazda but the lowest price on Amazon is only 80. (Pretty standard, it's rare that Amazon doesn't have a better price than the dealer on OEM parts). All you have to do is insert the card in the center console and start the car. Then you will have full navigation functionality with voice command, and the voice command system in this car works pretty well. One feature I really like that's unlocked with this card is the infotainment can display the street you're on even when you're on a non-navigation page.
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    Hood Struts
    I cannot believe that a vehicle that pushes $40k in top trim comes with a hood prop rod. The hood is very heavy and could easily break or seriously injure a finger if your hands were to slip while lowering the hood. For about 25 bucks you can install these hood struts from Amazon, which have good reviews. I just ordered these and will update with pics/review once I install them. Here's an image from the reviews in the meantime. This seems like a very worthwhile upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    Applied dielectric grease on the battery terminals.
    That's great stuff. In the old days we just used petroleum jelly. Worked great, too, but just put it on the outer surface. Dielectric is good inside the connection and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    That's great stuff. In the old days we just used petroleum jelly. Worked great, too, but just put it on the outer surface. Dielectric is good inside the connection and out.
    Yeah it really is. I really saw the difference between using it and not using it on those two vehicles. The battery terminals are especially prone to corrosion without it over time.

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    I always carry a small fire extinguisher in my cars. Fortunately have never had to use them.

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    Do those hood struts fit in existing mounts/holes on the cx5 or did
    you have to use drill ?
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    I always carry a small fire extinguisher in my cars. Fortunately have never had to use them.
    I putzed around and finally bought one for my car a couple of days ago.

    My hesitance was that the max storage temp (120°) is right where most cars get during the summer months. If you live in the south west you can expect to see 160° or higher. Another option is the type that are packaged like flares, and that emits gas that suffocates the fire. The downside is that they're only effective when the wind is not blowing.

    So I stopped beating it to death and bought a Kidde Marine/Auto extinguisher.

    I picked up some safety reflectors at a yard sale a few months ago.
    Regular flares are the last safety item on my list.

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    [QUOTE=Avoidin Deer;6659812
    My hesitance was that the max storage temp (120°) is right where most cars get during the summer months. [/QUOTE]

    That would be a concern, but I've never had a problem or heard of anyone having one, have you?

    With fire extinguishers in cars, that is.

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    Actually, I've never known anyone who has ever used one of these (successfully or otherwise).

    I'm just stating what the manufacturer's specs are...Max Storage Temp 120°

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    Quote Originally Posted by joemazdacx5 View Post
    Do those hood struts fit in existing mounts/holes on the cx5 or did
    you have to use drill ?
    thanks
    I haven't received and installed them yet, but it uses existing holes in the hood and engine bay. No drilling/permanent modification required. Looks pretty easy to install based on the reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    I haven't received and installed them yet, but it uses existing holes in the hood and engine bay. No drilling/permanent modification required. Looks pretty easy to install based on the reviews.
    I got some for my 2018. They work well, I'd forgotten they weren't stock.

    I put them in using existing holes.

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