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Darkflame

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  1. Where do I have to go to create a signature? I don't want to type my signature EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. POST. Please help me find the spot! Thank you! DarkFlame (But you can call me David) '99 Mazda 626 V6 San Antonio, TX
  2. I'm looking to rebuild the suspension on my '99 626 V6, but cannot find specs on the OEM sway bar sizes (front or rear). I want to beef it up so that the car is more stable in hard corners, so I want thicker bars than the OEM. Can anyone tell me the thickness of the OEM sway bars, front an rear? Yes, I know I need to redo the rest of the suspension, but this is my 1st research into upgrading my vehicle. Note: I got this car from my parents & it only has 44k miles on it. But, being that it's 20 years old, I need to refurbish lots of parts that interact with rubber interfaces. Beefing up sway bars & bushings are my 1st task, then stiffer shocks & springs. New motor mounts are also in the equation. Suspension is really the only mechanical issue to be resolved. Then, I'll look to upgrade brakes, wheels, & stickier tires. After that, a little minor body work, stereo upgrade, and maybe new front seats. But, for now, I'm really interested in knowing about the stock sway bars so I can make sure and beef them up as I move forward. Thanks a BUNCH! David San Antonio, TX
  3. I have placed my order & will update when the product arrives!
  4. The link is an interesting read, albeit for a 4 banger & mine is a 6. BUT, the concepts are all the same. I have a 99 Civic with about 170k miles on the original timing belt that I will change first. Like I said, the belts & hoses look like they are brand new. The serpentine belt that runs the alternator & AC compressor do not have a single crack in them and they look like they were installed yesterday. So, I am not worried about the Mazda timing belt. Dad kept pretty good care of the car and barely put 2000 miles on it each year. It was their 2nd car (just replaced it with an Altima to go with their Maxima) and, although driven regularly, never went out of town and never was taken when both Mom & Dad went somewhere together. I am returning the alternator as I do not believe that it is malfunctioning in any way. If you were local, I'd buy you a beer or a quart of synthetic oil. I really appreciate you and the time you have taken to keep me on the right path to success. Thank you! Sincerely, David, San Antonio, TX
  5. And, a few more questions ... Does the balancer pull out the engine seal when removed? If #1 is "Yes," do I need to replace the seal because it will be damaged? Or should it come out relatively unscathed? Do I need a balancer install tool in addition to the puller? Can the puller be worked in reverse to press the balancer back onto the shaft? I don't want to hammer the balancer onto the shaft, if I can help it! & I am sure I have other questions, but am thinking more about lunch at the moment. Thank you, David, San Antonio, TX
  6. 5% is not bad, albeit less than shipping. Still, I get a discount and they see that I heard about them through this forum, so it is a win-win. Looks like I also need a "Harmonic Balancer Puller" to get the old one off I am looking at the Dorman kit, and it does not make much sense to me how it works since the pulley bolts on from the crankshaft bolt in the middle. But, maybe there are a couple of threaded holes in the pulley to which the puller can attach? A puller is probably the ONE tool I have never used and still do not own. But, the one from RockAuto is cheaper than Harbor Frieight!!! There are threaded holes to which the puller can attach, right? Thanks, David, San Antonio, TX
  7. No, no repair sleeve. The ones I found are metal, and that requires a rubber insert. Looks like RockAuto it is. Thank you for the guidance! David, San Antonio, TX
  8. It appears that there is a Harmonic Balancer Repair Sleeve that will prevent me from having to remove the timing belt pulley. With under 40,000 miles on this thing, and the belts and hoses all look brand new, I am not sure I want to do the full timing belt routine.
  9. HOLY SCHNITTERS!!! It appears to be the Engine Crankshaft Pulley with Harmonic Balancer, and it AIN'T CHEAP!!! Crankshaft Pulley with Harmonic Balancer Is there no way to repair the pulley? MUST it be replaced as a whole unit? An inquiring mind wants to know. Thank you, David, San Antonio, TX
  10. I hung the pulley in the belt and lowered the pulley down to where it was attached. It slips onto the pulley where it was installed, but there is a BUNCH of play in it, and lots of room between the 2 pulleys. There is a pretty good gap between the inside diameter of the pulley pictured above and the outside diameter of the pulley where it appears to attach. I also found what appears to be torn up rubber spewed around the inside of the engine compartment near the normal position of the pulley. I am thinking that there is some kind of seal that goes between the inner pulley and the outer pulley (pictured above) that holds the outer pulley in place. BUT, finding a picture with the pulley I have in my hand is impossible, except in the drawings, and that does not show an exploded view of the pulley. I am VERY open to suggestions and guidance. Thank you, David, San Antonio, TX
  11. ALLRIGHTY, now! The alternator belt (serpentine? has ridges running the entire length of the belt) was VERY loose. I touched it, and it fell off. When I reached up from underneath (the engine compartment) to pull it out of the car, this pulley came with it. It APPEARS that it fits around the crankshaft pulley. But, everything I see for the "crankshaft" pulley shows the timing belt pulley with ridges running the width of the belt, not the length (like the alternator pulley). Note the shiny path inside the pulley. It matches the shiny path outside the crankshaft pulley. I am thinking a little JB Weld, a hammer, and then reinstall the belt. BUT, I PROBABLY should replace the pulley. So, I am confused.
  12. Sounds good to me. I am picking up a new alternator - the book calls it a "generator" but the ordering said it was an "alternator." Hopefully, not a problem. I'm getting the new alternator for 123.53, after tax and the returned core charge. I pick it up this morning and hope I can have it done today and/or tomorrow.
  13. I found the diagram about where the engine ID is located, I'm just not sure if I can get where I can see it.
  14. Apparently, the 2001 also has FS & KL engine types. I am wondering how to tell which engine type is in my vehicle? Thanks, David, San Antonio, TX
  15. Apparently, there was a redesign of the vehicle that happened in 1998, effective in the 1999 model. The 1998 manual(s) refer to two different engine types (FS & KL), but I cannot find any information regarding which engine is in my car. I am downloading the 2001 manual(s) to see if there is any difference in the troubleshooting and/or R&R (Removal and Replacement) process. I still appreciate you. Thanks, David, San Antonio, TX
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