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Wheels/Tyres / Re: Wheel arch lining?
« Last post by Ste7en on September 19, 2018, 04:14:54 PM »
Thanks guys. Really sick of this garage at the moment.

I've contacted the insurance company and they are dealing with it as a complaint. A Vizion Network investigator will be making a visit to them.

Can't believe we are having so much hassle from a Mazda dealership!
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: Wheel arch lining?
« Last post by Willpower on September 19, 2018, 01:53:16 PM »
And yes it should be there.   Something else they've forgotten
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Wheels/Tyres / Re: Wheel arch lining?
« Last post by hanix on September 19, 2018, 01:20:28 PM »
It is a one piece moulding held in by eight capnuts.
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Wheels/Tyres / Wheel arch lining?
« Last post by Ste7en on September 19, 2018, 09:54:45 AM »
When we went to inspect our repaired car yesterday (which I rejected) I spotted something I've never seen before.

The rear wheel arch seems to not have a plastic trim / cover aside from a bit at the back of the arch. Is this normal?
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Mazda 3 / Re: Cruise control on 2010 Mazda 3 1.6
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on September 17, 2018, 12:52:06 PM »
Excellent work! Thank you for the guide. Could be useful to others who pick up a bargain without cruise control but may wish to add it as a desirable.

I guess you would have to declare this as a modification to your insurer. Does it make a difference (either positive or negative) to your premium?
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Maintenance / Re: Low MPG in 1.6 D 2nd Gen
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on September 17, 2018, 12:41:01 PM »
Wow! Those are really interesting results. If the previous low mpg has been prevalent over several tanks, as your other posts suggest, then it does look as though the fuel additive might actually have done something. Of course, the proof will be in whether this is now sustained over future refills. In theory, you shouldn't have to keep using the [hugely expensive] AR6400-D MAX in future tanks to sustain the improvements. My understanding is that this kind of thing is designed as a one-shot treatment (or, at least, to be used infrequently) to clean the fuel and filter systems out a bit by reducing buildup of carbon deposits rather than by improving the quality of the fuel itself. Archoil sell another product that, although expensive at the outset, is designed to be added a cap-full at a time to each tank and so last a lot longer. Or you could use the Millers equivalent (Diesel Power Ecomax). I currently stick a dose of the Milllers product in every second tank or so. Both supposedly replicate the additives contained in the premium diesels sold by the likes of Shell and BP but are cheaper by two or three quid a tank.

Please do let us know if this massive improvement in mpg is sustained. I'm naturally skeptical of fuel/oil additives but not to the point of being totally dismissive of evidence (however anecdotal) of potential efficacy. Like I say, I have tried out all sorts myself just to see what happens.
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Maintenance / Re: Low MPG in 1.6 D 2nd Gen
« Last post by Hero_uk1 on September 17, 2018, 11:03:57 AM »
It does sound abnormally low; especially your motorway figure. I've been averaging high fifties (brim to brim) over the summer with a mixture of mainly motorway commuting with a couple of miles of urban driving at either end. I also just got 62mpg out of mainly motorway driving from Devon to Newcastle with a full load and family on board. The lowest I've recorded in this car was around 45.2mpg, and that was in the depths of winter this year (with all that snow).

It's virtually impossible to figure out where the fault could lie. Could there be a leak? Is there a fault with the ECU or the MAF? Would a DPF close to blocking cause a drop in MPG? Away from hardware, the only thing I could suggest would be to run through a can of either BG244 or Archoil AR6400-D MAX (both of which seem to get decent reviews) for a tank followed by a shot of Millers Ecomax a tank or two later. Also, some people swear by services like Terraclean or Hydroflow (for about £100). The Terraclean did nothing for my own car but then there wasn't a particular 'fault' for it to work on. I must say I am sceptical about such products myself but, again, my powertrain seems to be in decent condition for the age of vehicle and I know it was well looked after from new by the previous owner. Some consumer reviews indicate improvements in mpg in using them but it is not always clear how they have arrived at those conclusions (I suspect many go off the numbers provided by the computer rather than brim to brim measurements over time).


Ok so i have ordered Archoil AR6400-D MAX for my car and will post results.

OK the results are:

After putting Archoil AR6400-D MAX  i got 50mpg!!! round town :D

With just BP Diesel i get 42MPG!!!! round town

Does this mean my injectors or fuel filter need replacing because the Archoil AR6400-D MAX is manily to clean the fuel filter and injectors?



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Mazda 3 / Cruise control on 2010 Mazda 3 1.6
« Last post by KenMavor on September 16, 2018, 08:02:51 PM »
Just managed to get cruise control working and activated on a 2010 1.6 Mazda 3.

Process was pretty simple as noted on various forums.

1.  Replaced the steering wheel with one that has the cruise buttons.
Reasonably easy to do and just take your time.

2.  Bought the brake switch with the four pins which is needed for cruise control to work.
It looked a pain to replace so gave to the dealer mentioned in point 3.

3.  Took it to Mazda dealer, Barnetts in Dundee, who although they had never done a cruise activation were happy to try it.
They tried activating the cruise in the BCM....but it gave a brake switch error.  They then swapped out the brake switch with the new one and tried the cruise activation again.

They then took it out for a test drive and everything worked perfectly.

Costs....
Steering wheel off Ebay with cruise buttons - £50.
Brake switch with 4 pins off Ebay - £10.
Activation by Barnetts - £108 - this included fitting the brake switch.
Total cost is then £168 for fully functional cruise control on a 2010 Mazda 3 1.6.

Brill!







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Interior trim / Re: Mazda 3 1.6 2012 Parcel Shelf
« Last post by Ed-Led on September 14, 2018, 03:50:04 PM »
Yes, it happens in my 2010 Sport now as well. I think what's happened is that over time having the sun shining on it etc it has actually shrunk and no longer fits as snug as it once did.

Going to try the same thing with the foam tape and also put some tape around the plastic where it slots into the shelf hinge to stop it sliding about. There seems to be a lot of play in it there as well.
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Members Gallery / Re: Lerch's BK & Mrs Lerch's BM :)
« Last post by Lerch19 on September 14, 2018, 08:14:05 AM »
Thanks both!

First slight issue last night on my car - changed the bulb for the glove box seeing as it didn't work. Put it all back together and this morning I have no interior lights when I switch on side lights :/ going to check the fuse box tonight.
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