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Mazda 6 Newbie with some concerns...
I am very happy that I found this forum and look for your kind inputs and guidance to take care of my Mazda.
To give you more background I recently bought a Mazda 6 wagon which has 112k miles on it. Its a 3.0 V6 version and black exterior paint.
I am in love with my baby!! It drives very well but I had some niggling issues that I wanted some help on
1) The battery seems to be of an ordinary brand which was put by the previous owner and yesterday when the car was not running and the headlights were switched on, it drained in not more than 5 minutes!! I let the car be for the next 2 hrs and it cranked up again fine. What could be the issue for draining of the battery so fast? Do I need to get a new battery? If yes then what brand would you guys suggest or recommend in the US to get?
2) At low speeds or when starting out when you turn the steering fully towards the right, the left front makes a creaking sound. Also, I get some clicking noise in the steering at low speeds mainly below the speeds of 25 mph. Please let me know what could be the possible cause of this and how do I get it checked/maintained/replace/repaired.
3) I have the check engine light on and I went to the AutoZone to get the diagnostics done and it turns the rear bank catalytic converter is not working properly. Maybe due to carbon built up over the years. The previous owner used to put an additive in the fuel tank to get rid of the light. I did the same but the light is still there. Would you suggest I add a different of additive? or should I get a new catalytic converter?
4) Any suggestions on a trusted Mazda6 mechanic or shop in the Dallas-Fortworth area of Texas, USA?
Please let me know your thoughts. It will help me a lot.
Awaiting Your responses eagerly.