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Big job, started small...

Decided the struts were worn out (138k miles), bought Monroe quick struts and AC Delco drop links. Front discs and brake pads were original as well--mostly highway miles--so I bought Bosch rotors. Already had new Mazda OEM pads that I bought years ago at the same time I bought rear pads, but never installed them. Replaced the rear pads twice but never the fronts.

At any rate, the struts and drop links went in without too much hassle, then did the rotors and pads. While in the middle of reassembly I noticed the lower ball joint boot was torn (and the ball joint itself very stiff), so I bought a new lower control arm.

Reassembled it all. Took a very brief test drive which was brief because of the scraping noise coming from the driver's side. Long story short, I had overextended the inner CV joint. Tried and failed to repair it, ended up buying a new axle. Installed that, put it all back together...success!!

Decided to return the rear shocks I purchased, having had more than enough fun for now. It's not like they're leaking, just thought it made sense to do all 4 corners together. Well, it will wait.

But the story wasn't over. In the midst of all this I misplaced the wheel lock key. Searched everywhere, and a couple hours later our wonderful neighbor found it in the grass next to the driveway, completely hidden. After THAT I realized I couldn't find my breaker bar. A 15 minute search revealed it to be hidden in the grass as well. Oy.

The fun continued. Took the car to the dealer for 4-wheel alignment (had a coupon). Before doing the alignment they did an inspection and found the left rear trailing arm bushing was shot, and recommended replacing it before doing the alignment. I knew this was probably accurate, having replaced the right trailing arm a couple years ago. So I ordered a new trailing arm for the left side. Part should be here tomorrow, I'll install it myself. Alignment to follow in a few days.

I'm afraid to tally up all the parts. I know it's relatively inexpensive since I did all the labor, and the car does have a lot of miles, but still...

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Big job, started small...

Decided the struts were worn out (138k miles), bought Monroe quick struts and AC Delco drop links. Front discs and brake pads were original as well--mostly highway miles--so I bought Bosch rotors. Already had new Mazda OEM pads that I bought years ago at the same time I bought rear pads, but never installed them. Replaced the rear pads twice but never the fronts.

At any rate, the struts and drop links went in without too much hassle, then did the rotors and pads. While in the middle of reassembly I noticed the lower ball joint boot was torn (and the ball joint itself very stiff), so I bought a new lower control arm.

Reassembled it all. Took a very brief test drive which was brief because of the scraping noise coming from the driver's side. Long story short, I had overextended the inner CV joint. Tried and failed to repair it, ended up buying a new axle. Installed that, put it all back together...success!!

Decided to return the rear shocks I purchased, having had more than enough fun for now. It's not like they're leaking, just thought it made sense to do all 4 corners together. Well, it will wait.

But the story wasn't over. In the midst of all this I misplaced the wheel lock key. Searched everywhere, and a couple hours later our wonderful neighbor found it in the grass next to the driveway, completely hidden. After THAT I realized I couldn't find my breaker bar. A 15 minute search revealed it to be hidden in the grass as well. Oy.

The fun continued. Took the car to the dealer for 4-wheel alignment (had a coupon). Before doing the alignment they did an inspection and found the left rear trailing arm bushing was shot, and recommended replacing it before doing the alignment. I knew this was probably accurate, having replaced the right trailing arm a couple years ago. So I ordered a new trailing arm for the left side. Part should be here tomorrow, I'll install it myself. Alignment to follow in a few days.

I'm afraid to tally up all the parts. I know it's relatively inexpensive since I did all the labor, and the car does have a lot of miles, but still...
You're doing your car justice...

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You're doing your car justice...

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Installed the trailing arm and a new hub (old one was making noise), and took it for an alignment. Probably could have replaced just the trailing arm bushing but had to get the car back on the road quickly. Feeling the pain...

2 quick struts $234
2 drop links 48
2 front rotors 75
brake pads 0 (bought them years ago)
lower control arm 61
drive axle 49
trailing arm w/ hardware 235
hub 87
alignment 65
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$854 + tax, around $900 total
But it does feel much tighter and brakes way better!

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post #114 of 123 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 06:15 PM
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Just did the motor and tranny oil change. Love how easy it is to do. This is the first time I didn't spill a single drop of oil on the floor...ha!




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- installed an LED light strip under the hood to light up the bay...

- Replaced Drivers Side CV Axle.

- New LED Back-up lights from VLED.


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I took a trip to to Colorado.
I filled up and tracked my mileage for all the highway driving on the way there as well as the trip when I returned. This wasn't counting my trips around town when I was in Colorado or my spirited mountain driving. Over the 1895 miles on the trip and and back I burned 57.55 gallons of regular 87 octane. 32 mpg average over the trip. This is the first trip since I've done this engine swap, I'm not really excited by the numbers but it is what it is. I normally average about 26 in my regular driving. 215/45/17 tires were pumped up to 38 psi.

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I just knocked out a simple, yet unsexy upgrade on my 3: How-to: Upgrade 2004-2009 Mazda 3 windshield washer nozzles to wide fan spray nozzles

I bought the MoFoCo fan pattern nozzles from a dealer on e-Bay for $18. The hood insulation clips came from an e-Bay seller located in China and arrived in ~7 days. The guy in the above thread used a claw hammer to remove his clips, but I wouldn't recommend that as it's a good way to crush the material. I happen to have a proper took for doing so. Here are part numbers if anyone needs to cross reference them for the clips.
For Auveco: A14709, GA2A-56694, GA2A56694
Manufacturer Part Number: G030-68-885-B-38, G03068885B38

Why did I do this? Because the stock nozzles are awful and ice over easily. They're a PITA to get properly positioned for an effective spray pattern, and the pattern they apply the fluid is horrendous for clearing the windshield of ice a frost. These fan pattern style nozzles work great. Now, if I could only find something that would produce a good spray pattern for the rear hatch window.

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Took my headlights out and wetsanded them with 600, 1000, then 2000 grit sandpaper using my random orbital sander. I sealed them with a bunch of coats of UV resistant gloss clearcoat. Used a can and a half between the two lights. Hopefully the thicker clearcoat will hold up to rock chips a little better once it's fully hardened.




I do have some orange peel in the clearcoat when you look at them up close. It's pretty noticeable in that picture but from 5 feet away you can't even tell, they just look like brand new housings. After a week or so of curing I'm going to take them out again and wetsand by hand with 2000 grit then give a a light coat of clear to gloss it back over.

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