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Old 11-27-2010, 03:30 AM
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If your just coming to a stop dont bother down shifting to 1st, sometimes it can be difficult to do until your at a full stop. In my car it doesnt really like me to down shift to 1st before I am at a full stop, its difficult to get into gear like that. I assume its like that with all of them, but maybe mines special or broken lol.

Just drove the car today after 2 weeks of not driving it and once warmed up it down shifts to first fine as long as your going slow enough. I think I was thinking of my last car, not sure.

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Old 11-27-2010, 03:46 AM
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heres a serious dumb question.
my car misfired from a clogged cat, if i bought an AP midpipe and installed it.
would my cel still blink from the misfire?(i know it'll still be on due to the midpipe). would it be recommended to still change my coils/plugs/wires if they already were replaced 6months ago? do i need to reset my pcm or whatevers.

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Old 11-27-2010, 02:46 PM
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Take your plugs out and see what they look like, if they still look good then you dont need to replace them. Theres some threads around with pictures of what a good or bad plug will look like.

As far as the cat, if your under I think its 80k miles you should be able to get a free cat from mazda, I would do that first and then get a midpipe so that you have a cat just in case. If thats wrong someone please correct me, but I think cats have an 80k warranty.
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:45 PM
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How do exhaust hanger pliers work? What goes where?
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:42 PM
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Your hand works better than those pliers, just add some PB blaster and there's no problem at all!
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:56 PM
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Yeah, my hand works, but it's not easy. I'm just looking for an easier way to switch the midpipe out.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:04 AM
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why do they call winterbottom frosty?

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:34 AM
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why do they call winterbottom frosty?

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haha . Someone likes aussie V8s ...
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:06 AM
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If your just coming to a stop dont bother down shifting to 1st, sometimes it can be difficult to do until your at a full stop. In my car it doesnt really like me to down shift to 1st before I am at a full stop, its difficult to get into gear like that. I assume its like that with all of them, but maybe mines special or broken lol.

Just drove the car today after 2 weeks of not driving it and once warmed up it down shifts to first fine as long as your going slow enough. I think I was thinking of my last car, not sure.
That's normal, for just about any manual transmission. You may also notice that it's hard to shift to second at redline and that it's sometimes hard to get into reverse, also normal.

If you really want to shift to first at speed, you need to rev match the downshift.
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wow, look at this thread getting all serious! I never would've thought...
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does anyone know where to get and what size bolts/nuts for the cat>exhaust piece?
mine came loose or something and its ridiculously loud and annoying
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That's normal, for just about any manual transmission. You may also notice that it's hard to shift to second at redline and that it's sometimes hard to get into reverse, also normal.

If you really want to shift to first at speed, you need to rev match the downshift.
Marklar you rock. First because I know it is not only my car and it is normal. Second, I never taught of rev matching while down shifting to first. I tried it today and I could easily downshift to first even at 15mph.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Marklar View Post
That's normal, for just about any manual transmission. You may also notice that it's hard to shift to second at redline and that it's sometimes hard to get into reverse, also normal.

If you really want to shift to first at speed, you need to rev match the downshift.
Yea for the most part, every car is a little bit different. On my last car if I wanted to downshift into first I had to go into second and then first. Didnt need to let the clutch out in 2nd but just had to run through it before going to first. If I didnt it was like something was blocking me from getting into first.


Never really had issues getting into reverse, and shifting into 2nd seems to get easier/smoother the higher the revs are.
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I downshift to 1st at 20mph all the time without any problems.
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I downshift to 1st at 20mph all the time without any problems.
May I ask what is the reason of downshifting to 1st at 20mph? Do you rev match?
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:32 PM
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I have a real dumb question !!! No flaming alright, its not allowed !!! LOL

SO im driving today and i dont know about you guys but i tend to relax when i drive. Its when i do alot of thinking lol. So im coasting and a thought comes to mind. WTF would happen to a car if it was on and coasting and the person turned the ignition off while in drive or in gear?? LOL I was going to start a thread asking this but then i was like naww. Then i remembered Brettus brilliant thread LOLLLL
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I have a real dumb question !!! No flaming alright, its not allowed !!! LOL

SO im driving today and i dont know about you guys but i tend to relax when i drive. Its when i do alot of thinking lol. So im coasting and a thought comes to mind. WTF would happen to a car if it was on and coasting and the person turned the ignition off while in drive or in gear?? LOL I was going to start a thread asking this but then i was like naww. Then i remembered Brettus brilliant thread LOLLLL
you make it difficult to resist the flambe temptation .
The engine would stop , the steering would get hard , you would have one decent brake application before the brakes would get hard to apply and you would coast to a stop (quite quickly if you were still in gear with the clutch out)......
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LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!



I love this thread
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With the key to the ACC position, the ignition won't get power, so the engine will shut off, but keep spinning. Turn the key back to "on", and the engine will immediately come to life again (assuming still in gear)

Of course, with the key to ACC, you still have power steering with full power, but you can hit the steering lock, which is ..of course...very dangerous when still on the road.
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Of course, with the key to ACC, you still have power steering with full power, but you can hit the steering lock, which is ..of course...very dangerous when still on the road.
ah yes just as well you mentioned that or Rotary-RX8's next post could have been from a hospital bed LOL
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LOL youd have to be an idiot to try this.
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LOL youd have to be an idiot to try this.
"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot in earth. So what the hell, leap!"

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You can't hit the steering lock without removing the key, turning it off won't do it.

I've turned off while driving, sometimes it will reset a check-engine light.......

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With the "quality" of a few of the recent threads started, this thread should have 10 pages in it by now.

No sarcasm.
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