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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-08-2019, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Changed the lowbeams tonight. Can't say I'm a fan. Anyone who says you don't have to move the coolant tank out of the way is insane, haha. So removing the three tank screws, all three of them broke off. It's ok, because I was still able to move it. I'll have to get new screws however. Even with the tank gone it was very, very difficult to work in there. The passenger side was out, so I replaced both with brighter bulbs. Only, I dropped the driver side bulb and it's way down in the assembly, the old bulb, which works, is sharing the assembly with the new bulb. Obviously not ideal. But I did get the new passenger side in just fine, only that the assembly screw-on cap dropped down into the wheel well area when I was screwing it back on. I'm all done for tonight and will deal with it tomorrow. Is it easier to just take the front wheels off? Changing headlights on this car absolutely sucks!
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I like what you've done with you car! Look forward to future updates
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Changed the lowbeams tonight. Can't say I'm a fan. Anyone who says you don't have to move the coolant tank out of the way is insane, haha. So removing the three tank screws, all three of them broke off. It's ok, because I was still able to move it. I'll have to get new screws however. Even with the tank gone it was very, very difficult to work in there. The passenger side was out, so I replaced both with brighter bulbs. Only, I dropped the driver side bulb and it's way down in the assembly, the old bulb, which works, is sharing the assembly with the new bulb. Obviously not ideal. But I did get the new passenger side in just fine, only that the assembly screw-on cap dropped down into the wheel well area when I was screwing it back on. I'm all done for tonight and will deal with it tomorrow. Is it easier to just take the front wheels off? Changing headlights on this car absolutely sucks!


When I did my bulbs I found it easiest to partially remove the wheel well liner for both sides. You donít necessarily HAVE to take the wheels off but it does make it much easier, you can take enough of the tabs out and push it over behind the wheel enough to get access to the lights without taking off the wheels if you donít want to take the time to get the wheels off.

Completely agree Mazda made it nearly impossible to change the headlight bulbs on these.


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Only took me like 2-2.5 hours over three nights to get the stupid plenum off to change the coils, plugs and gaskets, haha. But what a sense of accomplishment when it finally pops off! I have other plans tonight so I'll get to the easier parts. This job sucks &#x1f601;
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I agree... this was one of my first jobs and it was a bugger! It was so nice to have all cylinders reliably firing though.
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I agree... this was one of my first jobs and it was a bugger! It was so nice to have all cylinders reliably firing though.
It's a gigantic pain in the ass, but I figure at 160k I'm not going to be taking off the plenum again. I've already done the PCV valve, so once I do the coils, plugs and gaskets that's it, it's not coming off again, haha.

I also cleaned the throttle body and MAF sensor while I was in there with the CRC kit. The wagon runs like a top already, although it does use a little more oil than I'd like, but I figure all this stuff will put it in top shape so I won't have to really touch the engine again for the next couple years (knock on wood).

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Not sure about you but for me the first time I had that thing off the hardest part was the EGR, but that has since been eliminated and the coolant tee because I broke it, also gone lol


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As for the EGR, I just left it hanging in the breeze when I took off my plenum. Although I had it off here recently just because I wanted to bench clean it. The pipe to the exhaust came off reasonably smoothly with little fuss. However, I suspect I was lucky.

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Finished up last night! Brand new coils and NGK iridium plugs. Haven't driven it yet but it idled just fine. And other good news--tomorrow I'm picking up a set of '15 6 rims from a kid who's selling them for $150!
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Finished up last night! Brand new coils and NGK iridium plugs. Haven't driven it yet but it idled just fine. And other good news--tomorrow I'm picking up a set of '15 6 rims from a kid who's selling them for $150!


Those wheels are going to look awesome, are you going to leave them that color?


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