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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2018, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just in time maintenance

When I bought my 04 a few months ago, one of the biggest attractions of it was relatively low miles (88k) and the other was that it was a one owner car that had been dealer maintained (at another dealer) since day one. Mazda keeps records of service done at dealers, so I could see everything they had done to it. I could see a few things that hadn't been done, so I wanted to do them and not have worry about anything for a while. The shop was looking for some work the other day, so I had them take care of it for me.

First, the belts were original on the car and the serpentine belt would give a little squeal on downshifts. The waterpump belt was quite tatty and needed to be replaced a while ago. I also did the PCV valve and bought the updated hose for it too. Good thing, as the hose was almost flat. I had them change the coolant and, while he was there, I wanted him to change what we call "the buster hose". That is the heater hose the comes around the back of the engine and has the plastic elbow with the little nipple that always breaks off, right next to the thermostat housing. Sure enough, that nipple broke off as he pulled it and you could see where coolant had been seeping out of a tiny crack.

The moral of this story is, regardless of how low the mileage is, time takes it's toll on a car. Preventative maintenance will save you major headaches later.

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Dry rot is a bitch. Just because it has low miles doesn't mean those soft parts are any good.

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I didn't realize yours had only 88,000mi on it. Man I am jealous.


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Nice... mine was at 89k when I bought it and I needed to do some of the same things. I haven't done the serp belt or water pump belt yet but they are on my mind. I also have that coolant T just in case. Reading your post made me think I should put it in the glove box!

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Not sure about the older manuals but the '18 clearly defines months or mileage for service due.


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