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Engine/Transmission/Powertrain/Exhaust / Re: Engine Oil Level is too High
« Last Post by Anewbeginning82 on November 13, 2019, 07:02:08 pm »
I would have thought these issues were sorted for the facelifted model?  Obviously not.

The dealer serviced the car before I bought it and had reset the oil.  It was showing at 100% on the display the day I picked it up.

I went back in today to collect the car and the Mazda mechanic said they had "no idea" what's wrong with the car.

They changed the oil and oil filter, but that is it.  They have sent an email to Mazda UK to advise how to proceed.

I will have to bring the car back in next week for them to continue the work.  Very unhappy with the service so far.

Fuel economy has been dropping steadily.  It is going straight into the sump.
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Engine/Transmission/Powertrain/Exhaust / Re: Engine Oil Level is too High
« Last Post by apav on November 13, 2019, 12:41:38 pm »
There are various recalls for these cars.

You could check with the dealer whether you need to do some works for things like leaking injectors.

You only need a bit of bad traffic, cold driving, stop and start to need a regeneration. But if your 90% of the mileage is on the open road, you get away from problems. Your mileage between oil changes sounds low but it may be something simple like forgetting to reset the service counter.
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Engine/Transmission/Powertrain/Exhaust / Engine Oil Level is too High
« Last Post by Anewbeginning82 on November 12, 2019, 07:46:38 pm »
Well chaps, after being very happy with the car, I'm afraid something bad has happened this evening.

Was driving home on the motorway when the fault "Engine Oil level is too high.  See manual for instructions" came on.

I'm very worried about this naturally, checked the oil and it is between maximum and the X mark.

Just some context, the car has done 3,500 kilometres (less than 2,500 miles) and the oil is already contaminated???  I do mostly motorway driving too.  Surely this is not right?
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Mazda 6 / Re: MAZDA 6 2.5L PETROL L5 ENGINE 170 BHP 2008-2010
« Last Post by apav on November 09, 2019, 01:11:57 pm »
Yes it is the same engine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_L_engine#2.5_L_(L5-VE)

The second generation car started production on August 2017.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda6#Second_generation_(GH1;_2007%E2%80%932012)

The Sport classification does not mean anything. It is just some extras the dealers decide to have in this specification.

The second generation internal classification code is GH.

The code GG refers to the first generation cars. These cars never had the 2.5 engine but a previous version of that egnine which was 2.3

The code GY is used again for the first genetation cars to refer to the station wagon version while the GG is used for the saloon and the hatchback versions.

The engine must have a stamped code unless it is stolen/etc. It should be like on the V5 consisting of the internal code engine and the unique ID. So if you change the engine, you need to update your V5 because the unique ID will be different.
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Mazda 6 / MAZDA 6 2.5L PETROL L5 ENGINE 170 BHP 2008-2010
« Last Post by J@z on November 06, 2019, 04:52:08 pm »
Does anyone know if there is any difference between the above engine and the same engine fitted to a Mazda 6 Sport manufactured in 2007, but first registered in the UK in January 2008?  If so, are the differences internal or external?  The correct engine for my chassis apparently has a model code GG/GY.  Is this code stamped on the engine anywhere and, if so, where?  Thanks for any advice.  J@z
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Troubleshooting / Re: ENGINE OIL
« Last Post by apav on November 02, 2019, 10:15:24 am »
Start with the traditional solutions, piston rings and valve seals. Until then, top it up to the max every time you use the car.
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Troubleshooting / ENGINE OIL
« Last Post by ali sooltan on November 01, 2019, 03:30:04 pm »
Hi
My Mazda 6 TS 2008 guzzles oil and I don't know why? There is no leakage that I or the mechanic can see, but I am always having to top it up (like every 2-3 weeks). Sometimes when it goes for a service the garage will say there is hardly any oil left. I am not sure what I should investigate.
A Sooltan
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Troubleshooting / Re: vacuum pump, MAP sensor carbon build up
« Last Post by Colin Mitchell on November 01, 2019, 12:44:03 pm »
The vacuum pump fault, but has since been discounted (removed checked, booked for replacement found working ok).  At the second visit carbon build up on MAP sensor was found and removed.

The faults codes and loss of power are generated all at once to protect the engine "limp mode", and in my case sparked off by (fairly moderate) revving....about 3000 revs is all it took last time.

have fingers crossed, and not revving the car as i can't lose it for a day in the garage for the next week or so.

can any body help with any other similar experiences?
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Troubleshooting / Re: Engine issues, warning lights, carbon build up ?
« Last Post by Colin Mitchell on November 01, 2019, 12:40:32 pm »
I have had the SCBS warning, traction control warning, "Vehicle System Malfunction", loss of power, loss of cruise control, loss of iStop.
First diagnosis said vacuum pump fault, but has since been discounted, and lastly carbon build up on MAP sensor.

After the first diagnosis they all reset when the car is switched off.  (vehicle system malfunction didn't, but hasn't re-occurred since the first fix.)

The faults codes and loss of power are generated all at once to protect the engine "limp mode", and in my case sparked off by (fairly moderate) revving....about 3000 revs is all it took last time.

have fingers crossed.
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Members Gallery / Re: Chris' Gen 3 Sport
« Last Post by hoodedreeper on October 30, 2019, 08:18:23 pm »
From factory Mazda did a really great job with the design work on the Gen 3, but unfortunately I'm not a huge lover of chrome. The original plan was to vinyl wrap the exterior chrome trims, then I was going to use a gloss Plastidip but that isn't permenant enough. I then came across a can of Graffiti paint I had used on a previous car (I painted a '92 MX5 with the stuff and surprisingly it came out pretty good). So I headed over to their website to discover they no longer sell individual cans :(

A quick google search and I came across Graff-City who supply a Gloss, fast drying and durable finish paint, happy days! The paint arrived and I got the trims removed and prepped. The trims received only 2 coats of paint, the coverage is incredible! The 'fast drying' part is good enough for applying another coat, but the small print on the cans says it needs 24-48hrs to cure fully. Despite the extended drying time the finish is great and covered the trims very well, this paint could come in handy for other things in the future?



Another job to do while the front bumper was in pieces was to fit a debadged grille. Originally I was going to make my own, but all the photos I had come across it didn't look great all in honesty. AutoExe do a single bar grille with the factory emblem, but shipping from Japan + import charges would have made it quite expensive (especially as I found a carbon fibre version too). In the end I went for the MV-Tuning grille, but opted for their insert only and for me to use my original base. They can supply a grille base too but that added another £130 to the price, besides I like messing around with stuff and felt more than confident in doing it.



I browsed eBay for a used grille, I managed to pick up a brand new genuine item for £50 posted. That arrived before the insert so I had some time to cut it and prep it ready. The new insert was extremely easy to fit, included are 3 covers for the main bars/slats which can be painted/colour coded. I decided against it as the plastic matches the lower grille in the bumper and looks more OEM



Another package from eBay was some yellow light tint film to do the front fog lamps. I did this to my Gen 2 and love the look. It made sense to do this while the bumper was off.



Another change was fitting some 13x6.5 import size plates. The OEM plate surround left 2x 6.5mm holes, I used some 'fir tree trim clips' to plug the holes.



The rear end received the same treatment, the chrome trim was painted in the same paint and the number plate swapped for an import one. I also removed the MAZDA6 and Skyactiv badges and gave the Mazda emblem a coat of gloss black paint too. The garage couldn't have been bothered to remove the original dealer plates (that were stuck on with sticky pads) so they decided to drill through their plate and the current one making two new holes in the bootlid. I removed both in a matter of minutes, they could have used the original holes Mazda provided, I wouldn't be left with two ugly plugs but nevermind!

The side window chrome trims will probably have to be vinyl wrapped because I can't find anywhere inside to be able to paint them, especially if I have to leave it 48hrs to dry. This will probably come later on unless circumstances change.
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