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Noise from rear wheels
From the description provided, it appears that you are familiar with the sound of a bad wheel bearing. It can be difficult sometimes to determine if it is one or both wheel bearings are the culprits behind the issues your...
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Head gasket failure
There are several indicators possible. If the oil under the oil filler cap, or the oil on the dipstick, has a milkshake-like appearance, this would indicate coolant leaking into the oil. A milky substance under the radiator cap would indicate...
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AT light turns on
There are many things that can cause a condition like the one you are describing. Unfortunately, with the limited information provided and all the variables, a diagnosis is difficult. Low line pressure, faulty SERVO, bad shift solenoid, faulty pressure control...
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Car not shifting out of reverse
If your vehicle is a standard you might have a problem with a synchronizer inside the transmission. Synchronizers are what allow you to shift from one gear to the next without hearing a grinding sound. Disassembly of the transmission is...
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Leaky oil valve
My guess is that you mean you have a leaking valve cover. This is a pretty straightforward repair that can be handled by a professional, such as one from YourMechanic. They can come to your home or office to inspect...
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Dashboard panel loose above the radio/fuel display
With this panel being loose, the clips and screws that hold it in place have most likely broken free or are loose or missing. A qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to inspect your dashboard and make...
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AC and fan not working
The information provided for your Mazda leads me to believe that the blower motor may be the primary concern as to why your car’s AC and fan are not working. If you try all the settings of your fan and...
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Car sounding rough in traffic
The problem may be a blockage in the exhaust system. An example could be if the catalyst is partly plugged. I recommend you seek a mechanic, like the one from YourMechanic, to come and test your vehicle for difficulty starting...
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Car won't start with new battery
If you just had a battery installed and the car will not start, it is possible that the technician who installed it did not get the battery cables tightened down to the battery terminals. I would recommend taking your vehicle...
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Advice on purchasing my first car
Since this is more advice than a technical question, I'll share my experience. Mind you, ANY CAR, even those with good reliability records can have problems. Honda and Toyota are generally reliable. What usually steers me away from Honda is...
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Loose headlight clip
A loose clip can allow moisture inside the connection and cause a headlight bulb to stop working, such as what you are experiencing with your Mazda 3. It is also possible that the clip came loose on its own due...
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Car not starting
A healthy vehicle battery is vital for both of these systems to work. The battery should be charged and load tested to determine if it needs to be replaced. A parasitic draw test should be run to ensure the battery...
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Key not going into ignition
Hi, if the wiring is damaged then the computer won't be able to communicate with the lock cylinder correctly and cause it to lock up. You should have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the wiring from...
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Opinion about a 2004 Mazda 3 with manual transmission
It's a 12-year-old car. I'm assuming you didn't pay too much for it. It can be a good first car. I'm a Toyota man myself. I'm not a big fan of Mazda, because their automatic transmissions are not the best,...
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Metallic grinding sound of the tires after driving 50 km on a 2011 Mazda 3
Noises can really be annoying but if you heard a metallic grinding noise, then generally, that's metal on metal and you are going to see shiny things where it is rubbing. So look for shiny things near the area where...
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Car slips out of 3rd gear
Modern transmissions are fully synchronized, which means there is a system of synchronizer clutches that speed or slow down the rotation of the gears until both are rotating at the same speed and can be locked. The most likely causes...
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If I go over bump, something in wheel well knocks
Looking at the rear suspension of your vehicle, I see the sway bar links and control arm bushings could definitely be the cause. But there is no way to know for sure without having your vehicle inspected firsthand. I...
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car vibrating at idle
Since the AC compressor is driven off the engine crankshaft, turning the AC on puts more of load on the engine. This often intensifies any underlying engine performance problems. I think your friend is referring to a vacuum leak,...
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Car losing power above 2nd gear for a second
The only way to accurately diagnose this concern is to have the vehicle's loss of power condition inspected firsthand by a professional, such as one from YourMechanic. I can, however, make a couple of guesses as to what is wrong:...
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Brake pedals not firm halfway down
Lack of brake power assist would typically result in a hard brake pedal, not one that sinks to the floor. My guess is that the master cylinder is faulty. A bad master cylinder will often result in a pedal that...

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