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04-18-2020 09:28 AM
VWandDodge Wish I knew what to look for. Too bad several of the members who performed swaps and wrote up a lot of the details haven't logged in for a while. I haven't been on as much because I've been WFH since mid-March and keep working 11-hour days. That's mostly due to a backlog of work, which should lighten up soon.
04-07-2020 08:40 PM
iluvmud
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Originally Posted by urbanmanusa View Post
I get that. In the end, you'll have precisely what you want. Which is good.

Yup.... once I get all these little things fixed.... took it out for a spin amid the lockdown and my traction control and abs lights kicked on while on the highway. Ive read abs sensor possibly, or even the friggin MAF?!?!?!?! Im wondering if the sensor wires got messed up or pulled loose during driving, I dont have the factory brackets for them so I zip tied them to the upper sway bar link bold (on the outside.... away from the link itself) something........ I'll have to look.



Also still looking at the CEL, right now I have a P2187 and another that I cant recall so far I have done the following.


Cleaned MAF sensor
replaced spark plugs,

Replaced the purge solenoid valve (which mine was squared and not the rounded one like everyone else's it seems.


Next to replace is the fuel cap which doesn't click when tightened so it might be the culprit



and will need to check for vacuum a leak somewhere.... is there a home grown way of doing this without going crazy and spending a ton of loot for a Mech to diagnose?


Also heard intake manifold gaskets could be the problem but not sure hot to check that either.


Any help would be greatly appreciated!!



Thanks,
Mud
04-07-2020 01:09 AM
urbanmanusa
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To be honest, I am ok with that as Id rather have the car built how I want it built. Im picky in how I feel things should be so at least this way I have that control... PLUS it gives me something to do during this lock down!
I get that. In the end, you'll have precisely what you want. Which is good.
04-06-2020 10:11 PM
iluvmud
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Originally Posted by urbanmanusa View Post
Nothing like buying a car, and having to spend a month getting basic chit fixed ...

To be honest, I am ok with that as Id rather have the car built how I want it built. Im picky in how I feel things should be so at least this way I have that control... PLUS it gives me something to do during this lock down!
04-06-2020 04:32 PM
urbanmanusa Nothing like buying a car, and having to spend a month getting basic chit fixed ...
04-05-2020 09:37 PM
iluvmud
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Originally Posted by VWandDodge View Post
I forgot to mention when going through the rear and to replace the spring isolators. Makes a big difference when replacing a cheap component that disintegrates over time.

You didnt! It was in an earlier post and I picked up a new set! even though the original ones were still in great shape even though places incorrectly...


just installed a short throw shifter and cut the reverse power cable to my EONON radio as I got tired of the music cutting off when I'd back out as I have no need for a backup cam so I never installed it.



Still getting a CEL though after replacing the purge valve solenoid (had to buy two, one the round one with the new hose isnt for my 08, I had to get the square one so I will be looking for a vacuum leak somewhere.
04-04-2020 10:35 AM
VWandDodge
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Originally Posted by iluvmud View Post
Well this weekend was the time to get the suspension fixed.... got the Koni/eibach setup installed, replaced the front and rear sway bar links, but the bushings... were solid. so they stayed. Also the rear trailing arm bushings were good to go too...... it was just this crappy suspension that was making all that knocking.... what it was was they installed the springs/bracket upside down so the bracket was bare metal to the frame, and used the spring isolaters down at the base of the arms...... genius. Either way, car drives like a dream now!
I forgot to mention when going through the rear and to replace the spring isolators. Makes a big difference when replacing a cheap component that disintegrates over time.
03-30-2020 12:54 AM
iluvmud Well this weekend was the time to get the suspension fixed.... got the Koni/eibach setup installed, replaced the front and rear sway bar links, but the bushings... were solid. so they stayed. Also the rear trailing arm bushings were good to go too...... it was just this crappy suspension that was making all that knocking.... what it was was they installed the springs/bracket upside down so the bracket was bare metal to the frame, and used the spring isolaters down at the base of the arms...... genius. Either way, car drives like a dream now!
03-08-2020 10:09 PM
iluvmud
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Originally Posted by VWandDodge View Post
Keep searching. I know they're out there. RockAuto is one, but I don't know if they list lowered parts. My motto is to do it right the first time. No sense mixing new parts with worn parts.

Try CorkSport as well https://corksport.com/mazda-3/2004-2...-full-catalog/

agree 100% thats why im ordering all new parts separately. I havent been able to find a full assembly so getting new bits to complete it...... but if I find one I will certainly scoop it up..... also Corksport has a full coilover kit, im not a fan of a coilover setup....
03-08-2020 03:56 PM
VWandDodge
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YAY and the cost keeps going up!!! lol
I'll look into the parts mentioned as the rear end will basically be in pieces since my plan is to replace suspension while replacing the trailing arm bushings.

Im going to lower the car but havent found a place that sells the whole strut assembly....... you know of a place that does?
Keep searching. I know they're out there. RockAuto is one, but I don't know if they list lowered parts. My motto is to do it right the first time. No sense mixing new parts with worn parts.

Try CorkSport as well https://corksport.com/mazda-3/2004-2...-full-catalog/
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