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My experience with Mazda dealerships have been...

My experience with Mazda dealerships have been the absolute worst. I'll never, ever buy another Mazda again just so I never have to work with another Mazda dealership.

Anyway, now I'm worried....
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I take that back! I did see what that was. Bad...

I take that back! I did see what that was. Bad pulley. All the pulleys are whirring away except for one way at the bottom. I see all three bolts holding it on static!!! Thanks all! I suppose I'll let...
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Thanks for the replies! It's a 2003 Mazda...

Thanks for the replies! It's a 2003 Mazda Protege5, 2.0L, 4 cylinders. The sound is up front adjacent the alternator. I was hoping it was bad fuel. I ran the darn thing for maybe 3 minutes. Actually,...
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Started my car for the first time in over 6 months and it sounds HORRIBLE!

Help! So my car's been sitting in a garage since October. I changed the struts, transmission pan, filter and fluid, changed the oil and oil filter and rotors. Then the battery! Finally got her all...
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If it were the valve cover gasket, I would know...

If it were the valve cover gasket, I would know that. But I'll take it to a place I suppose.
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Update! I tried the Loc-tite. They spec a very...

Update! I tried the Loc-tite. They spec a very low torque rating with an M6 bolt, but I'll try it. I ALSO got a couple of through screws (there are 4 stripped threads, two are facing the wheel well...
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oil pan gasket leak

A while back I noticed the gunk around the seal where the oil pan meets the engine. I bought a new pan and had a shop swap it out for me. Now, I've shelved the vehicle for a few months while I saved...
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Got it! So how do I find the right size for my...

Got it! So how do I find the right size for my car?
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Whoa, I'm NOT trying to put the problem onto...

Whoa, I'm NOT trying to put the problem onto someone else. I want to fix it. Is #3 the best fix? Where do I find the retread bit? Do I use a tap? lawrosa suggests helicoil? I'm not sure what that is...
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transmission threads bad (2003 Mazda Protege5)

So from my own evildoing (I overtorqued the bolts when changing my transmission fluid, filter and gasket), I've ruined about 2 or 3 of the threads to which the bolts screw the pan onto the...
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Brakes and wheel hub bearings

Hey all. I drive a Mazda Protege5 from 2003. No antilock brakes. Straight pad and rotor for all four wheels.

I've been hearing the worst noises everytime I drove for a couple years. I thought it...
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Is the consensus on Bosch plugs really that bad?...

Is the consensus on Bosch plugs really that bad? These things really ramped up my fuel economy. I was getting mileage I didn't get when the car came out of the shipping container from Japan. I was...
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Yeah, it is pretty nonsensical to believe that...

Yeah, it is pretty nonsensical to believe that the rods are beating up 2 and 4. It could be bad plugs or bad coils/boots. It seems fine. I think the idle is a little low and it looks like it wants to...
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That's bad news! I only replaced the timing belt...

That's bad news! I only replaced the timing belt because it was time. There were absolutely zero symptoms.

I replaced plug number 2 and the car is driving fine. It's getting compression. The check...
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I know Portland is bat-$h!t crazy, but no, I...

I know Portland is bat-$h!t crazy, but no, I didn't know the place was a chop-shop mecca.

So here's what's happened thus far. The service writer called back to tell me the tech said that valves 1...
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Timing belt grief

I'm at 106K miles on my '03 Mazda Protege5, 2.0L, 4 cylinders...

Had the timing belt changed in Portland at an outfit called Brake Team. Afterwards, I drove the car from Portland to San Francisco...
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Thanks! Same here on the shade tree front,...

Thanks! Same here on the shade tree front, obviously. But I can't torque it to spec without throwing the wheel on it... then I suppose it'd be near impossible to measure runout. And there are no...
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That's it! A dial indicator. What does it clip...

That's it! A dial indicator. What does it clip to? And if I don't get a satisfactory reading, how do I situate the rotor any differently so that it turns true and without runout?

Thanks!
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ukrbyk, Good stuff but all my bases are...

ukrbyk,

Good stuff but all my bases are covered there. I've owned the car since it was new and the only smack I had was a rear ending. This busted nut and bolt was fromm the mechanic screwing...
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Got it off! I credit it solely to leverage...

Got it off! I credit it solely to leverage between the steering linkage and a pair of needle nose vice grips I bought at the Home Depot yesterday. I used a healthy dose of PB Blaster but the threads...
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My mistake. I did say "warped caliper" SEVERAL...

My mistake. I did say "warped caliper" SEVERAL times. I was frustrated and had been drinking a bit before resorting to posting.

Yes, my rotors are warped. I'm thinking it's rust scale on the hubs...
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Nothing huh? Am I that SOL? Guys I'm stuck and...

Nothing huh? Am I that SOL? Guys I'm stuck and it's about to rain hard on me.
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stabilizer link issues

Hey all,

I'm working on an '03 Mazda Protege5. The driver side stabilizer link is shot. I can't get the bottom nut off of it. The allen key hole on the bolt is rounded now due to my continuous...
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Solution! The hub bearing on the driver side...

Solution!

The hub bearing on the driver side was done. Lucky me after driving 5k+ miles on 'em that they didn't fail while on the road. Anyway, had a mechanic fix that and the stabilizer link on...
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Soulreaver, this is very interesting. My car is...

Soulreaver, this is very interesting. My car is in the process of falling apart and this is just one of its many issues. Does your car have an alarm? I really suspect my car alarm in this instance.
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