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    Radar Dimax AS-8 225/55R19 103V Tires Finally Installed

    I wonder if you buy them at O'Reilly Auto Parts?
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    Here's a good Mazda parts department for factory wheels

    I believe that the OP has a turbo model. As we've seen in other posts, the supplied spare doesn't fit over the larger front brakes and thus must be installed only on the rear. So if the flat is on the front, then a double change is needed. A matching OEM rim makes sense in that regard.
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    Do you use wheel locks?

    These certainly seem to be top notch! https://youtu.be/zbS58mOVPp4
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    Outside moisture removal from front windows

    It has never interfered with mine.
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    Pep Boys refuses used oil

    My county has 2 hazardous waste collection sites that are open 6 days a week. Most items are accepted for free including used oil. They do charge for some items ($3/tire, $10 for TVs/computer monitors, $15 for a large appliance). If they think an item is reusable (like a half full container of...
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    An interesting MAF sensor situation

    She cleaned the sensor and it runs much better now. Plugs were recently changed so not the issue. Proud that she could do it as she is not attuned to vehicles really. She's an MD, a Pediatric Urologist - this was her first successful "surgery" on her Mazda. :D
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    An interesting MAF sensor situation

    My daughter lives in Salt Lake City where the air quality has been awful due to smoke from fires and the geography of SLC. She drives a 2010 Mazda 3 2.5L with about 86K miles. She called me a couple of days ago and said the car was running pretty rough and almost stalling at stop lights. As a...
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    CX-5 AWD Defeated

    Here's the comparison video he mentioned. Very interesting. https://www.caradvice.com.au/videos/top-10-suvs-off-road-which-medium-suv-is-the-best/
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    CX-5 AWD Defeated

    Aussie, not Brits! You trying to start a feud or something? :ROFLMAO:
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    A Little More Power? 2015 CX-5

    Or, disconnect the battery for a while. Then, when you reconnect it the trans will have to "learn" your driving style, just as it had to when your CX-5 was new. Be sure to change the air filter, clean the MAF sensor, change the oil and change the plugs (if you haven't yet) before the battery...
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    Key fob battery life - battery never dies!

    Sometimes mine will say it's low, but it actually depends where the fob is. If it's winter and covered by a few clothing layers, or if it's in my gym bag with a bunch of stuff, it'll say that it's low. But it really isn't low, just has a harder time getting the signal to reach. IMO, it's time to...
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    2016 CX-5 Electrics going dead

    I, for one, am not following your math. 3 years (the free replacement limit) on a 2016.5 would be over in 2019. At best I think he's in the 49-60 month range which means paying 80%. At that point, I'd go elsewhere (like Costco) and expect to pay less than what the dealer would be charging.
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    Is it ok to have mismatched tires?

    One other point not mentioned, those A36's on your CX-5 are at LEAST 5 years old if not older. You can check the sidewall for the date code to know for sure. In my book, that's old enough (combined with your shallow tread depth) to get four new tires.
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    Car starts by itself, really

    One of these is even better. The typical household one doesn't detect very low levels of CO. Not cheap, but funerals aren't cheap either. CO Detector
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    2017~2022 Another CX-5 Battery question!

    "CCA (Cold Cranking Amperes) is the most popular industry rating and is a measurement of the current a fully charged battery can deliver for 30 seconds and maintain a voltage of 7.2 volts (12 volt battery) at a temperature of -18°C." I'm going to guess that you were measuring the 580 CCA at a...
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    2015 Mazda CX-5 engine replacement?

    To help all US readers, R10,000 (South African Rand) is about $725US.
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    At 130k miles, should I wait to replace dust boot?

    My dust boots have been torn or missing for probably the last 5 years. No ill effects whatsoever. When the struts fail, that's when I'll get new boots since they come with new struts! So OP, I wouldn't worry about it until you need new struts.
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    DIY Horn Upgrade

    This is not true. The second press, as Murky notes, is just a confirmation. Here is what the manual says: "How to Arm the System 1. Close the windows and the moonroof securely. 2. Press the push button start off. 3. Make sure the hood, the doors, and the liftgate are closed. 4. Press the lock...
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    CX-5 2016 front wheel caliper clearance

    It's that way on my 2014 GT both with the OEM 19" wheels and the OEM 17" wheels that my snow tires are on. I know because when I swap the tires in spring and fall I usually crunch at least one finger between the wheel and the caliper as I wrestle the wheel to mount it. Only happens in the front...
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    CX-5 Steering Wheel Cover options?

    The recommended hand position on the steering wheel is now 9 and 3 mainly to keep your hands out of the way of an exploding air bag. Most manufacturers intentionally make the 9 and 3 position more comfortable than 10 and 2 for that reason.