CX-5 gets some attention
Old Busted Hotness last edited by
So Abby the CX-5 has proven to be a reliable and pleasant enough vehicle, but lately she's been slow to start, especially when cold. A load test showed the battery was down to 370 CCA, originally rated at 675. Would that get thru the winter? Maybe? In my experience, a battery that's marginal in November will bone you in February, so I put a new one in there. Only required one tool, a 10mm socket, which, since this is only our third Japanese car, I still have. Thanks for making that easy, Mazda! The starter is a lot more energetic now and the install took a whopping 15 minutes.
Battery may or may not have been covered by the CPO warranty, but I didn't want to spend 4 hours at the dealer finding out. It's easier to just do it, and my local parts house gives me good-guy pricing. Been going there for 20 years and probably bought the owner a boat by now.
Also gave her a full synthetic oil change, which will help with cold cranking. Even though they changed the oil when we bought her 800 miles ago, I wanted to see where the filter and drain plug were and have a general poke around underneath. Drain plug location will take a Fumoto valve without hanging down dangerously, so I'll do that in the spring.
Well, huh. Looks like she's never been driven in salt. Super clean down there, with only a trace of rust round the welds on the subframes.
So let's keep it that way. I blasted the insides of both subframes with Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating, which they should really call driveway coating because that's where a lot of it ended up. Followed that with rust encapsulator (high-tech undercoating) on all the sheetmetal I could access, as well as the outside of the subframes. So we're good for winter.
I was gratified to see an actual tubular driveshaft going back to the rear diff, not some extra-long socket extension like some CUVs use.
Overall, it's pretty easy to service, and in good enough shape that I won't have much to do under there.
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@old-busted-hotness that's always a good sign.
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Shop-Teacher last edited by
@old-busted-hotness I've had to change the battery in my wife's CX-5 a couple of times, because the damn kids keep leaving the dome light on. It is super easy though!