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    2011 Mazda6, 2.5L I4, Valvoline Advanced 5W30, 7,998mi

    Hey all, Latest UOA from my 2011 Mazda6. This is my 3rd run of this oil. I mainly ran this UOA to check on the health of the engine and to see if there were any problems. I am driving a lot for work now - some weeks I do 1,000 miles and some days I drive up to 500 miles. I will need to look...
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    STP 6 gallon box

    My local Autozone sells 6 gallon boxes of STP 5w30 Conventional for $79.99, or the synthetic for $119.99. Research says Amalie makes this oil. The synthetic is Dexos rated. I use my vehicle for work and I slam miles on my car (I.e I can put 1,000 miles/week on my car). So oil changes can...
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    Car Squeals when moving

    2011 Mazda 6, 167k miles. Drove the car 360 miles on Friday for work, and about 40 miles on Sunday with no issue. Car sat overnight last night and when I went to pull away it squeals when moving. Video below shows my 2nd attempt to pull out of the driveway (after I did a look underneath the...
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    Which truck to buy?

    I’ve taken a new job where I will need to drive anywhere from 1-3 days a week to sites. My understanding is that my mileage would be anywhere from 1,500 to extreme of 4,000 miles/month. My work will reimburse me .585cents/mile. I will need a pickup truck as I will need to haul fire damaged...
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    Driving a lot for Work

    I am considering a new full time job which would require traveling throughout the week. 2-3 days a week I would be covering territory in NC, SC, Northern GA and Eastern TN, and there is a possibility that I would be driving up to 2,000 miles (or more) per month just for work alone. I am...
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    Morale at Work

    Worker bee chiming in here... I'm seeing a lot of low morale in my workplace, and from what I gather it seems to be pretty typical across other industries as well. I'm really curious what others are experiencing. We have a lot of good people heading for the door at my work. I'm struggling...
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    Saltwater Aquarium

    I've dabbled in freshwater and later tropical aquariums through middle and high school. Always wanted to try a saltwater tank. The itch never went away. I started my tank up July 4 and after cycling for about 20 days I added 2 clownfish (Nemos). It's fun and a lot of work but very enjoyable...
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    What "issues" do you just "live with" on your older vehicle?

    What "issues" do you just "live with" on your older vehicle that you don't repair because you deem not worth it? Please include year, make, model and mileage. I'll start. 2011 Mazda6, 157k miles - Worn out 2nd gear syncro in the MT goes crunch if I shift from 1st to 2nd. I have to double...
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    Shower Faucet Repair - Help

    Wife was showering and said water wouldn’t turn off. I tried the handle and it felt odd. Disassembled and found the handle broken (plastic piece the slips over valve had broken). I turned the valve with pliers to shut water of and went out and bought a replacement handle. After installing...
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    Intermittent Turn Key - No Crank Condition

    For the past month or so I’ve been having random trouble starting my 2011 Mazda6. I will get in to start the car, turn the key and the dashboard lights come on but there is no cranking. Sometimes a couple key turns later it will start immediately, but other times I’ve had to try at least 20...
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    2018 Buick Encore, 1.4L Turbo, 5,243 miles, AC Delco Dexos 5w30

    Vehicle has only been serviced by the dealer car was purchased from. Found out the dealer has been installing the wrong oil filter since the car was purchased. It's a long story, but here's the thread if you're interested...
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    GM Ecotec 1.4L - Wrong Oil Filter Installed by Dealer - Engine Damage

    My fiance has a '18 Buick Encore with 25k miles on it that she bought brand new. She has had it regularly serviced at the dealership she bought the vehicle from per the OLM. It has the 1.4T Ecotec. I noticed her OLM was down to 25% when I drove her car the other day, so I offered to change...
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    Tread cracking

    Hello all, Need BITOGers opinion on how these tires look. They are DOT date coded 2017. Goodyear Assurance All Season 205/65R16 with ~50k miles on them. Debating running them for the summer but there is some decent weather checking in the treads, especially parallel with the tire tread in...
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    Valve Cover Gasket Replacement Gone Wrong

    Today I replaced a leaky valve cover gasket on my 150k mile 2011 Mazda6. Everything went fairly well with disassembly with exception of a couple stubborn plastic grommets to work the wiring harness to clear the valve cover. Some packing tape came in handy to tie it back once it was enough out...
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    Change oil after new valve cover gasket?

    Maybe a dumb question but I can’t find it discussed in any other threads.. I’m planning to replace the leaking valve cover gasket on my car. A new rubber gasket will be installed along with a couple dabs of RTV in two spots where the timing chain housing meets the engine (where there is a...
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    2011 Mazda6 150k miles - List of Repairs

    For those interested in what parts/maintenance I've put into a 2011 Mazda6 with MT. Bought the car new in March '11. Will update if it makes it to 200k. 21k miles: Air Filter, Cabin Filter and half a can of 3M car undercoating to repair a scrape to the frame. 24k miles: New headlight bulb 30k...
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    Car struggles to idle without stalling

    2011 Mazda6, MT, 147k miles. For the past week my car has been idling at too low of an RPM (currently idles around 500RPM but typically idles at 750RPM). The engine seems to be trying to avoid stalling out by raising the RPMs when the RPMS drop too low. The car will vibrate/gently shake like...
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    Time to Dump or Repair?

    I'm at a cross road on whether to repair or replace my 2011 Mazda6 with 141,000 miles. Long story short is has rust issues and from what I've been told by dealer and going through Mazda corporate Mazda won't help me with this. <a...
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    Mazda Rear Subframe Rot - Pics

    Hey all, Attached are some pictures of the rear sub frame on my '11 Mazda6. The front sub frame was replaced by the dealer about 6 months ago as it was rotted out - this was covered under a recall so all work was done for free. Apparently the coating applied at the factory wasn't sufficient...
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    Check Engine - P0101

    2011 Mazda6, 137k. A few months ago I got a CEL on startup. P0101 - Mass or Volume Air Flow Circuit Range/Performance. I bought and installed a new air filter. I also bought MAF cleaner, removed the MAF, cleaned it, and the CEL cleared. I haven't seen the CEL again since this morning when...
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