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    Suspension changes from 2006 to 2007 Mazda5?

    Check your rear shock mounts, common failure point on the 5.
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    Loose brake pads 2010 Mazda5

    After Installing the new pads did you ratchet the piston back into position? You have to pull the parking brake a bunch of times to undo the twist compressed piston….. like 10-20 times. If you don’t do that the pads don’t end up in the right place and can clatter around.
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    Also interested in the smart turn mod. Any comments on where you got it, how much it cost, and what the install involved?
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    Suspension changes from 2006 to 2007 Mazda5?

    No significant suspension changes from ‘06 to ‘07. There were some changes from the 1st gen to the 2nd gen, with the ‘12 models getting beefier rear springs. 1st gen struts fit on the 2nd gen (I discovered this when after installing one new strut, and damaging the hanger on one of them during...
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    I sprung a leak!

    Almost certainly the mount. Have some one rev It while you watch the motor and you should see it rock a little. Wouldn’t be surprised to get some clunk if it completely fails.
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    TCS/DSC and ABS light on but no codes

    Glad you got it sorted out. I was going to ask if you’d pulled the knuckles off of the axle recently. I loosened mine when I did my front struts to get a little more give to wrestle the strut off, and didn’t get the knuckle 100% back on the spline. Threw the same codes which went in and out...
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    Correct the 2.5 dropped the two belts with the stretch fit AC belt, and tensioner pulley. I’d read about people using zip ties, but since I wasn’t planning on doing that I didn’t read too much into it. I didn’t look at holes/slots for the crank pulley since I was just using the bottom anchor...
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    Okay, I lied. Went ahead and did the RSB bushings, and end links. You could sneeze and rotate the original end links. Feels amazingly better now, and the front end is still riding on worn out end links, and a broken strut mount. Does anyone have any tips on reinstalling the sway bar brackets...
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    What have you done to your Mazda5 today?

    Serpentine belt today at 104k miles. Original was severely cracked. Looked at a bunch of instructions and videos, all of which suggested using a little plastic wedge tool to get the belt to stretch into place because the ‘12 model doesn’t have a tensioner pulley like the 1st gen models. Then...
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    Mazda5 questions for possible new purchase

    As noted here the engine mounts and rear shock mounts are common failure items on these cars. Since the ‘10 model is before the 2nd gen refresh the rear springs are a little less supportive. Several of us have swapped out springs from heavier vehicles, and/or you could put helper bags inside...
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    Mazda5 Rear ended

    Ugh, update to my update. I am not happy. Body shop called me beginning of last week to say the body work was all complete, but they were waiting on two parts which were on back order. One is the exhaust heat shield around the middle of the car. The other is the plastic rear bumper step...
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    Mazda5 Rear ended

    Update on this. After a week Geico finally decided to approve the repairs to the car and the body shop got started. The quarter panel in by the jack was crushed inwards, it broke some of the welds between the panels As well as some of the plastic interior pieces. Not sure if they’re able to...