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  • D & E White
    D & E White - 2004 Mazda B2300 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/12/2015
    How can I find an actual physical copy of the owners manual for a 2004 Mazda B2300 that I can keep in my vehicle?
    I don't want to download a nearly 300 page PDF that would kill my inkjet printer and use all of the ink in the cartridges costing me $75.09 to replace. Not to mental trying to bind it into a half sized booklet that would easily fit into the standard sized manual cover.
     
    • Jimm
      3/12/2015 Jimm
      Try these sources; www.mazdausa.com, www.carmanuals2.com, EBay, Craigslist, local dealerships.
  • bsales
    bsales - 2012 Mazda CX-9 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/8/2015
    Windshield washers don't squirt on mazda cx 9
    2012 CX-9 front washers don't squirt but the rear washer works. I suspect that the hose is split but not sure how to get to them so I can replace them.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mazda MPV - Preventive Maintenance - 1/30/2015
    My van is making a loud grinding noise when in Park and in neutral.
    It also has smoke coming from ignition, and if key is in ignition and just set to on it seems like it's trying to start on its own. Noise not when in reverse or drive.
     
    • Jim W
      1/30/2015 Jim W
      I suspect you have a stuck starter motor. Fairly simple to repair as long as the teeth on the flywheel haven't been stripped. Worst case, the transmission will have to be pulled to replace the damaged flywheel.
      Have the car towed to a shop if you can't do the replacement yourself. Probably be a good idea to disconnect the battery until repairs are made.
      If you haven't done so already, change the transmission fluid ASAP. My transmission had to be rebuilt at 105,000 miles- no fluid changes. These transmissions are problematic at best. Nissan used the same transmission in the first gen Pathfinders and they had the same issues. The shop that rebuilt mine had a bunch of them in various stages of repair all around the shop. Fresh fluid will probably postpone the problems.
  • mrbmyself
    mrbmyself - 2014 Mazda 6 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/4/2015
    2014 Mazda iSport Reliability
    Hello, I'm looking to buy a used car this spring. My # 1 choice is the 2014 Mazda 6 iSport. My 2nd choice is a used 2013 Honda Accord Sport. A mechanic told me that although Mazda and Ford have parted ways Mazda still uses Ford parts and these parts will not last ...
     
    • Jimm
      1/4/2015 Jimm
      Check these reviews before you purchase; www.consumerreports.org/Reliability‎, ww.edmunds.com › ... › Mazda › Mazda6 › 2014 Mazda6, www.cargurus.com › Research › Mazda › MAZDA6, among others.
  • andrew63
    andrew63 - 2012 Mazda 3 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/4/2015
    The radio gos on and off when the car is off
    radio
     
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  • WFH
    WFH - 2008 Mazda 5 - Preventive Maintenance - 1/3/2015
    Engine splash guard fell off
    I just had my car oil changed on Monday. I didn't drive it until Friday. I immediately noticed some strange sound when I got on a highway. It sounded like one of the windows were open. Then, I started to hear a rattling noise from the bottom. When I got home, I saw ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      Well, the splash guards were put there for a reason. So, yes I would replace it.
      The one under the engine is relatively simple to replace. They are also there
      to keep dirt, rocks, and other objects from getting near the engine.
  • Ronald Blum
    Ronald Blum - 2001 Mazda Tribute - Preventive Maintenance - 11/24/2014
    Exhaust leak between the catalytic converter and exhaust Y pipe
    The exhaust leak is between the catalytic converter and the exhaust Y pipe. There is a flexible expandable piece of pipe between the two items. I do not know if this is a DIY gone wrong or this is actually the way it should be. Can this flexible piece be purchased ...
     
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  • Debbie
    Debbie - 1997 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 10/3/2014
    Blinker switch turns off back lights when putting on headlights.
    Blinker also does not show on the dash and shuts off dash lights too. However I hear and see outside the blinker. At one time when I wiggled the blinker it did show on the dash, not anymore.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 8/2/2014
    What is the spark plug gap?
    should i use platinum tip plugs?
     
    • CVO
      8/2/2014 CVO
      Platinum or Iridium tip plug will work.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Mazda 6 - Preventive Maintenance - 7/23/2014
    Quote and maintenance
    my car is 2010 Mazda 6 i 4 Cyl 2.5L. i'd like to get a quote for power steering fluid flush and refill, but couldn't find it in the options. Also, is a $600 60,000 mile maintenance at the dealer worth it? Thank you
     
    • Jimm
      7/23/2014 Jimm
      Not sure of the 'worth' for the 60k maintenance service - what does this service include?

      There are many items that can be performed very inexpensively by the vehicle owner - by following the steps in the owners manual, and using the various service websites, such as the AutoMD and 'How-To-Guides'.

      To obtain a repair quote, use the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Mazda 3 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/23/2014
    Jump started car after it being dead for a day
    Got a jump drove around and let it run for an hour the car seems fine now. But, now when I take the keys out and open the door the car makes the door open sound except it's a long tone. And now also my Km/ distance shows in the dashboard for about 15 minutes. It's ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mazda MPV - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2014
    My van is making a loud grinding noise when in Park and in neutral.
    It also has smoke coming from ignition, and if key is in ignition and just set to on it seems like it's trying to start on its own. Noise not when in reverse or drive.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Mazda Protege - Preventive Maintenance - 6/12/2014
    I have a 2002 Mazda Protege. The fan for my A/C will blow when I turn it on. When I push the A/C button it should light
    I also shook the inside of the panel once and the A/C light came one then I bumped the panel and the light went off
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Mazda B2200 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/9/2014
    I need to how and where to grease the under parts of my truck
    Excellerating through 3rd and into 4th gear there's a noise coming from the rear of the truck sounds like that squawk sound a 10 speed bicycle makes sometimes when the brakes are applied. The truck sat for a while before I bought it so I'm hoping it just needs a ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      I'm assuming this is an automatic transmission. There is very little you can do, grease wise.
      However the slipping 3-4 shift may be because of a low transmission fluid level. Check fluid
      level with engine running. If problem continues you probably have a more serious transmission
      problem. The noise you hear when braking can be caused by rust on the rotors or drums. This
      will go away on its' own.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Mazda B2200 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/6/2014
    I need to how and where to grease the under parts of my truck
    Excellerating through 3rd and into 4th gear there's a noise coming from the rear of the truck sounds like that squawk sound a 10 speed bicycle makes sometimes when the brakes are applied. The truck sat for a while before I bought it so I'm hoping it just needs a ...
     
    0 answer