What did you do to your ride today

Discussion in 'Mazdaspeed 3 General Discussion' started by CmdrShepard, Feb 13, 2016.

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  1. jdr767

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    First post on this board apparently.

    Finally did something after year or two of nothing! Lots last weekend actually. Bought a house in July so no more working on my apartment garage roof, power at hand and not having to worry about buttoning everything up all the time!

    FInally got around to installing fuel pump internals - other than not finding a deep socket "deep" enough to tap on the tappet wasn't a terrible install in the end. Verified everything started up and while I do not have access to a AP yet I do have access to a Snap-On Modis which was able to tell the pressure on the pump was good to go.
    Had been having a persistent random misfire on cylinder 2 and at 85K it was past time to clean the intake valves. They were as bad as you think they should be. Probably took longer than it should to tear down to clean but I was being cautious - also not a bad tear down/reassemble all said and done. Ended up with a P2004 - easy enough fix - especially when you had 4 bolts left over you couldn't find a home for until you pull the IC off and say "Ooops" - I blame fatigue. Now I have a P2009, I need to check the power clip - probably not snug as it should be. But the difference is amazing, like I just drove it off the lot.

    Also had been experiencing some horrible vibrations, more than what should be happening even with all 3 motor mounts upgraded. Suspension is new and is good. It was also worse when turning/maneuvering right but less so when going to the left. So I bought a new driver side axle and when I pulled the old one out is was as limp as a geoduck. First fitment and test brought about some gnarly sounds and was worried maybe I didn't align something correctly. Tore it all back down, verified the axle was firmly seated in the transmission and let the axle nut pull the assembly forward instead of my hands - back in business.

    Lastly a new serpentine belt - fuck these things for real.

    Hopefully have enough to acquire an AP next month - or are people migrating towards VersaTuner these days?


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    Serpentine is 10000x easier if you get the duralast idler pulley that has a spot on it for a wrench. part 305372
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    Awesome, thank you for sharing that, next belt change I will get one of these too. Last time I did the belt it was balls cold and the belt was so tough it took 3 sets of hands to get the fucker on. I was able to to it solo this time around but I looked like a fool under the car pushing the tensioner back with a torque wrench with one leg, turning the engine with one hand and feeding the belt on with the other hand.
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    Code gone - to quote this guy, , "Mother fucker." :neutral:
     
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    Damn, I wish I would have known about that before I bought the gates brand. I sat with a pipe wrench for about 30 minutes trying to get ahold of the stripped oem bolt. Ended up grabbing a jack and a 2x4 to push up and relieve the tension. Way easier than I though it would be
     
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