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Forum: Series II DIY
11-06-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 99,741
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

You have that backwards. And if not, I have no...

You have that backwards. And if not, I have no idea how you can arrive at that opinion. Series 1 doesn't require extra pan removal from bottom, filter removal from bottom, and therefore little or...
08-19-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 346,983
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

It would be VERY unusual for all 4 to be stuck...

It would be VERY unusual for all 4 to be stuck (they usually get looser with use).
Please confirm: which way are you turning to loosen the plugs?
Seriously...
04-29-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,237
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

NGK recommends no anti-seize for new plugs, but...

NGK recommends no anti-seize for new plugs, but used plugs are another situation, as the factory coating is probably perished and contaminated, so anti-seize might be useful. I'm wondering if the...
04-24-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 70,325
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Wait.... you installed a new engine withOUT...

Wait.... you installed a new engine withOUT replacing the clutch while it was out and apart??
04-18-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 116,671
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Oh no! I've been doing it all wrong.... 71,000...

Oh no! I've been doing it all wrong....
71,000 miles, 23 mpg average.
04-16-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 873
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I think I've seen only 2 such reports here, and...

I think I've seen only 2 such reports here, and both of them seemed a bit suspicious, with root cause questionable.
04-11-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,697
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

OP, any comments ? I can't believe they would...

OP, any comments ? I can't believe they would declare a failed seal & engine replacement without a compression test. And, what generated the CEL ?
04-11-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,338
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

If either of them was not working, you would be...

If either of them was not working, you would be getting a CEL. That said, if you apply vacuum to their actuator capsules, you should be able to verify that the actuators are moving freely without...
04-09-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,794
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I don't see how premix would affect the APVs, as...

I don't see how premix would affect the APVs, as the fuel injectors are downstream of the valves.

My understanding is the SSV opens at 3750 RPM, the APV opens at 6250 RPM, and the VDI opens at...
04-09-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,697
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Unless I've overlooked something, I don't see any...

Unless I've overlooked something, I don't see any mention of diagnostic codes (related to the CEL) or compression test results indicating seal failure. This data would be helpful in understanding...
04-06-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 63,244
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

There is NO additional drag on the engine when...

There is NO additional drag on the engine when the A/C is off. You do NOT need to remove the compressor belt. Just leave the A/C off...
03-24-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

As previously stated, the milky oil is a known...

As previously stated, the milky oil is a known quirk of the series-1 motors, just condensation related, nothing to worry about.

"Spark noise" could be the "marbles in a can" sound, which is...
03-15-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,642
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Well, for my car, I disagree... Original...

Well, for my car, I disagree...

Original plugs were changed at 30,000 miles - they looked pretty average compared to what I've seen here, but I bought the car with 1,000 miles on it and it...
02-25-2013, 09:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 34,015
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Thanks Lawrence, I was gonna say.... (did a...

Thanks Lawrence, I was gonna say....
(did a LOT of research on this, since mine is due for fluid change)
02-10-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 34,015
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

It doesn't take just any generic ATF, it takes a...

It doesn't take just any generic ATF, it takes a certain specification of fluid. This is the correct fluid for the RX-8 automatic transmission :

Mobil ATF 3309 Case of 12 quarts...
02-06-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,840
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Electrical, I'm thinking...

Electrical, I'm thinking...
01-30-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 116,671
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Christian, One other question comes to mind: ...

Christian,
One other question comes to mind: exactly how are you calculating your fuel consumption?

Also, a word of advice: you don't need to shift at 5000 RPM every time - this seems...
01-16-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,893
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

My A/C compressor behaves the same way. System...

My A/C compressor behaves the same way. System performs great. The cycle time must be normal for this system.
01-08-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,671
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

"All highway" and the brakes were all shot at...

"All highway" and the brakes were all shot at 25,000 miles? I do mostly highway, and at 65,000 miles the brakes are still fine. Is someone riding the brake on your car? I can't imagine any other...
01-08-2013, 10:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 739
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

The plug specifications are the same. Have you...

The plug specifications are the same. Have you consulted your owners manual? If you don't have one, they are available on the Mazda website....
01-02-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,671
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

This post makes me wonder what this car has been...

This post makes me wonder what this car has been through, or how accurate any of this is. My 2009 has 65,000 miles on it - the brake pads are about half worn and the rotors are like new. I've never...
12-23-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 403
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I enthusiastically agree with this recommendation...

I enthusiastically agree with this recommendation of Accurate Alignment. These guys work WITH you in setting up your car. I wanted a bit more self-centering and heavier weight in the steering, and...
12-23-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 13,071
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Combustion blow-by (via the side seals). What do...

Combustion blow-by (via the side seals). What do you think the crankcase ventilation system is for?
12-23-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,618
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I replaced my original Dunlops with the...

I replaced my original Dunlops with the Continental DWS. Much nicer ride, great wet weather handling, and dry handling is still fine.
12-23-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,006
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Why do you think you need a device to determine...

Why do you think you need a device to determine miles per gallon? It's simply miles on tank divided by gallons to fill at the end of that tank. (not a "16" guess).

If you are only driving in...
12-09-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 622
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

The ATF specification for the RX-8 automatic...

The ATF specification for the RX-8 automatic transmission is JWS3309. I bought this:

ATF | Mobil™ ATF 3309 (http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Other_Products/Mobil_ATF_3309.aspx)
11-21-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,241
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

62,000 miles, original everything (except normal...

62,000 miles, original everything (except normal maintenance & consumable items).

Conventional motor oil, 5000 mile changes: 5W30 winter, 10W40 summer
Idemitsu premix: 4-6 oz each tank.
...
11-18-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 16,155
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Regarding the original topic... One of the...

Regarding the original topic...

One of the many reasons I wanted an RX-8 is because it was the best riding GT car out there. The ride on just about anything else in its class just seemed to beat...
11-11-2012, 12:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,437
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I would think a power steering problem would be...

I would think a power steering problem would be more likely to result in heavy steering...

Anyway, I thought the steering was a bit light on my car from new. I wanted more self-centering for...
11-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 35,612
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Aside from normal automotive consumables and...

Aside from normal automotive consumables and maintenance items: 0 .

In 61,000 miles, nothing has broken, worn-out, or otherwise failed. I love this car.
11-08-2012, 11:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 33,151
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Daily driver: 60 miles daily commute during the...

Daily driver: 60 miles daily commute during the week, 200 miles round trip on weekends. 61,000 flawless miles so far, consistent 24 mpg average.

I've been looking, but I haven't driven any other...
09-29-2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,786
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Interesting observation. My friend has an older...

Interesting observation. My friend has an older TT, without the magnetic shocks, and it rides very harshly. I wanted to like it so much, but between the ride, the seats, the cramped interior, and...
09-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,647
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Clearly, SOME people should !

Clearly, SOME people should !
09-29-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2,169
Views: 252,843
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I can't imagine why you would be concerned about...

I can't imagine why you would be concerned about 10w-30 affecting the emissions test... Does this also come from your research?
09-12-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,775
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

That sounds like intake modulation to me, not the...

That sounds like intake modulation to me, not the transmission. Some cars have a dampening of the throttle return on deceleration for emission purposes, others can malfunction that way. I have...
09-12-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,775
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Of course, that is the downside to conventional /...

Of course, that is the downside to conventional / torque-converter automatics, although it is fairly negligible unless you are using the car for competition.
09-09-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,775
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Whereas Mazda makes no recommendation on ATF...

Whereas Mazda makes no recommendation on ATF changes, the industry standard among manufacturers usually appears to be 60,000 - 100,000 miles (if any is given at all). A professional "power flush" is...
09-06-2012, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,775
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

It depends how you use the car and what your...

It depends how you use the car and what your priorities are...

Conventional automatics generally can be somewhat less efficient in power transmission and fuel consumption due to losses through...
08-30-2012, 02:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,815
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

So, your rotors are rusting overnight from just...

So, your rotors are rusting overnight from just washing the car? I haven't seen that...
08-30-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,815
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I asked about maintenance history on your car. ...

I asked about maintenance history on your car. Is your oil change the ONLY maintenance ever done to the car? Have you done spark plugs / coils / wires yet?

How is the car normally driven? ...
08-30-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 25,878
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

If you can reach in an move the actuator freely,...

If you can reach in an move the actuator freely, it's probably not the valve sticking. Could be the SSV switch which confirms whether or not the valve is opening / closing, or perhaps the vacuum...
08-30-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,042
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

If I saw what I thought was "oil" leaking out...

If I saw what I thought was "oil" leaking out under my car, the first thing I would do is CHECK THE OIL LEVEL (did you do this?). This happened to me when I had a main seal suddenly fail and quickly...
08-29-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,815
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

This is the first account I've seen of a series-2...

This is the first account I've seen of a series-2 car flooding. So, a few questions:

-Under what circumstances did it flood (conditions, sequence of events)?
-How many miles on the car?...
08-29-2012, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I believe manufacturers are obligated to stock...

I believe manufacturers are obligated to stock most replacement parts for 10 years.
08-18-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 14,422
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

If it is gear lash, a little rattling from it is...

If it is gear lash, a little rattling from it is likely harmless. My car has almost 60,000 miles on it, and the sound hasn't changed since it was new. Actually, almost nothing has changed since it...
08-05-2012, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,553
Views: 311,785
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Unless you are shifting, you should never rest...

Unless you are shifting, you should never rest your hand on the shift knob. This can cause wear in the transmission's internal shift forks and hubs.
07-25-2012, 11:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,573
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

Yeah, doesn't usually seem to be a significant...

Yeah, doesn't usually seem to be a significant issue in well-maintained cars, especially on the series 2 cars with the upgraded cooling system. In the worst summer heat around Palm Springs, even in...
07-09-2012, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,845
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

As Paul stated, this does not sound like normal...

As Paul stated, this does not sound like normal coolant pressure build-up from heat/expansion. It does sound like a coolant seal is blown, resulting in combustion gasses overpressurizing the cooling...
06-20-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,626
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I don't think you would be disappointed in the...

I don't think you would be disappointed in the Conti DWS. I throw my car around pretty hard when I can, and they haven't slid out on me yet.

Whatever tire you decide on, run them in for quite a...
06-14-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,199
Posted By PeteInLongBeach

I don't see any reason for a compression test at...

I don't see any reason for a compression test at this point. The running quality is like new. Performance feels the same as new. Oil consumption has not changed. Fuel consumption has not changed....
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