My dad bought this 2010 Mazda 3 new. It had tire noise from day one. The rear tires would develop cupping in just a few thousand miles. He had to rotate them often but that just helped mask the problem and never solved it. He went through several sets of tires of various quality brands and all had the cupping issue on the rear.
When I took over the car at 95,000 miles the first thing I did was ditch the stock steel wheels for a set of Enkei Compe wheels. I installed a set of Hankook tires in the stock size at the same time. I even reused the original TPMS sensor even thought they have to be getting near the end of the battery life.
I now have 15000 miles on these tires and so far there is no cupping whatsoever. I have rotated and balanced them every 5000 miles but the wear front to back is completely even.
Dad rode with me this weekend and he said the road noise is less than when it was new. He was amazed I was able to get rid of it.
We suppose that it must be the wheels since nothing else really changed. I am still running the original shocks and springs. I have not made any changes other than the wheels and tires.
Rebuilding parking brake assembly on 2009 Ford F250
When I bought my F250 the parking brake did not hold. Since this is an automatic, it is no normally a problem. However, when trying to hook up a trailer the little bit of roll from placing the truck in park can be enough to let the hitch move out of alignment.
I assumed the brake just needed adjustment. When I could not find the adjuster, I decided
to pull the drum off and see what was going on. What I found shocked me. There were no parking brake shoes, springs or
anything! It looks like the backing
plate rusted out and someone just removed all the parts rather than make the
The ABS light came on after my trip to Royal Blue. I did not have any clue as to why.
I bought a Bluetooth OBDII dongle and got the free FordSys app. Torque would not give me the ABS codes. The FordSys app did. There was a warning that the app might not work with the cheap dongle but this one worked fine.
When I bought my F250 the TPMS light was on. However, when I got it home and filled the
tires to correct pressure the light went away.
But after about a month it was back on again. I checked all the tires and they were the
correct pressure. I looked in the
glovebox for the TPMS relearn tool, but it was not included in the stuff left