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    Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through

    Re: Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through Cheers Ger. Someone metioned the cat alright, that's the next thing to look at for sure. As the issues with starting previously might have damaged the cat and the coils et.c. Coils have been replaced - and she does start quicker and sound a lot smoother. Cleaning out the throttle body might have helped in that regard too (though Kirks are still saying the idle valve needs replacing). Christy: When I first got the car in Jan I took her into a Mazda dealership in Donegal Town. The mechanic there thinks (although he can't be certain) that a newer starter has been fitted. Gizmo/ Richie D and Aido: I keep hearing about this guy the Real Podge, so I'm curious to see what the fuss is about! As it happens -and as I mentioned to Aidan on Sunday, I might be relocating to Dublin next month for work (I'm in the North West currently). Might have to swing by and pay him a visit for sure. I'd prefer that a specialist and someone who actually likes the car is looking at her, rather than mechanics who are just going through the motions or rip off dealers (not saying all dealers are rip offs). Thanks again chaps.
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    Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through

    Re: Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through Sound Aidan, will do.
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    Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through

    Re: Vacuum test/ not enough air getting through It was at Pat Kirk that she go the oil change and compression test. So naturally, I'm a wee bit reluctant to go back there. As I said, it might have just been coincidence. From what they told me after I flagged the issue to them, removing the coils and plugs just to test them - and then re-attaching them again- can also cause an issue. So it might have been that.
  4. How do chaps. Been having a spot of bother with the RX8 since March. Took her in for an oil change and compression test to a Mazda dealer around that time. She'd been running fine, quick start everytime from cold but a wee bit of a delay from warm (after a petrol stop et.c). Nothing that caused me undue concern, but something I wanted to keep on top of by the same token. And I wanted to change to the Mazda recommened Delexia oil, as the first garage I took her to used semi-synthetic and I'd been topping up with that since. However, when she came back from the dealer at that time she felt noticably different. Sluggish, struggling to get up hills and was idling rough -even cutting out in neutral. The dealer had told me she needed new sparks and coils -which was consistent with what I'd been told after I got her checked out by a local garage when I purchased her in Jan. So I've done that. Wanted to give the Mazda dealership the swerve after the last occasion. Might have been a coincidence what occured, but didn't want to chance it (can just a simple oil change lead to those kind of problems?). So I got a local mechanic (who doesn't specialize in rotaries but has worked on them before, the older ones anyway) to fit the coils, plugs and ignition leads and give her the once over. He cleaned out the throttling body and with the new coils fitted, she sounds a lot better and starts quickly from warm now. However: When doing a vacuum test, he reckons that rather than more air coming through from a start up, as should be the norm, LESS seems to be coming through the longer she is running. It doesn't seem to affect start up at the moment, but it's something that will lead to flooding if I just leave it. He reckons it could be a sign of engine wear, but -seeing as he's not a rotary head- he's not 100% sure. When I purchased her in Jan, the garage I initially took her to said that there were signs of wear on the tips (understandable considering the age: 2004 and mileage: 83000) but the seals weren't broken. The dealership in March said the same -all OK apart from new coils, leads needed and a new idling valve (which I haven't replaced yet -one job at a time!) Compression test results were OK - a bit off the recommened maximum from cold, but fine. Not great from warm, but passable. Long story short: Is there a short> medium term fix to ensure more air gets through the longer she is running? Or should I just cut straight to the chase and look at replacing the tips? Is there even scope to do that? From what I've seen, once you start working on anything to do with the engine, it's never a starightforward 'replace one component with another' type fix. Both in terms of cost and labour. Thanks in advance
  5. Re: Mazda mechanics/ RX 8 specialists in the North West Cheers lads. Muchas gracias.
  6. Re: Mazda mechanics/ RX 8 specialists in the North West Cheers MW. Only seeing this now. Been having a bit of an issue sourcing good oil here. Car went in for a service in Donegal Town on Tuesday - okay for the most part, no huge issues. But I wanted to use the same oil they had used (5w30 part synthetic) and thought -as a Mazda affiliated garage- they're bound to stock some. Nope! Same for McGinley's in Letterkenny on Thursday. They recommended another place in town, went there -asked for part synthetic mineral and they gave me vavoline synthetic. :? Only clocked this when I was topping up on Friday. Dipstick reading looked kinda low so -as a lesser of two evils- and before a long trip, I added a bit of vavoline. Long story short: Is this okay as a one off? Do the problems with synthetics only come after prolonged use? Went into Halfords today and only part synthetic 5w30 I could get was their own brand -which is recommended for Fords but can be used for some Mazda's (according to the label). Haven't used it yet, and will return it if I can get better. McGinley's in Donegal Town might have some this week. Failing that, there's a Mazda dealer in Strabane. Am I looking at another oil change if I want to reintroduce part synthetic, or is it okay to mix, when we're talking such small amounts? Finally, how much of a litre bottle should I be using when I top up?
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    New RX8 owner - Donegal

    Re: New RX8 owner - Donegal Nice motor. Was probably seeing that bad boy up close that jogged my memory. When my Peugeot finally fell to bits last month, I knew there was only one car I was opting for.
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    New RX8 owner - Donegal

    Re: New RX8 owner - Donegal Haha, worse! I actually travel up from Sligo to Letterkenny about twice a week, occasionally more. :? Petrol stations will love me! Aye, haven't seen too many around, though there was a nice gun mental grey one I spotted in the retail park in Carraroe a few months back. We're taking over, slowly but surely.
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    New RX8 owner - Donegal

    Re: New RX8 owner - Donegal Work between Donegal Town and Letterkenny (mostly Letterkenny). But live in North Sligo. Probably spend half of my time between Sligo and Letterkenny.
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    New RX8 owner - Donegal

    Re: New RX8 owner - Donegal Cheers lads! Glad I finally took the plunge - though I might be saying different when I sit down and calculate how much petrol I'll get through this month.
  11. Re: Mazda mechanics/ RX 8 specialists in the North West Cheers Ger! Tried a warm start a few times, seems fine. Probably a little slower than starting from cold, but there's not much in it. Told the guy in the garage today to use mineral oil, just to play it safe. Love the car already! (did since I first seen it).
  12. Hi all, Bit the bullet and finallly bought an RX8 over the weekend - had been looking at them for a while, and my previous car falling to bits forced the issue! Picked up a 2004 model which -as I'm aware- tends to be the more problematic year. But I got it for a decent price, and there was a good service history up to 2010, so I took the plunge. It did flood apparently in 2009 -there is a log of an AA callout and the notes from the mechanic did recommend the newer starter. It's been fine for me though, I've followed the start up (and shut down) procedre I've seen here and elsewhere. With the age and the mileage (81000) I know there will likely be work needed in the next while. Don't particularly have an issue with that - providing it's not a complete engine rebuild, obv. I gather that a compression test on older motors is definitely the way to go. Was just wondering whether there were any Mazda dealers/ specialists in the North West/ Mid Ulster direction that members here might recommend? I live in Sligo, but commute to Donegal for work, so Derry/ Enniskillen/ Dungannon wouldn't be out of the question. I have her booked in for a service in McGinley's in Donegal Town tomorrow. They're Mazda affiliated/ sell some models (no RX8's though) but they can't do compression tests. Also, the guy there did seem dubious about rotary's. Wasn't completely cluless, but he did say they had issues with one before. It won't be him doing the work though. Was a bit preturbed when I mentioned checking/ topping up the oil and he talked about part synthetic being the way to go? Reading here and elsewhere, synthetic oil seems to be a big no no.
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    New RX8 owner - Donegal

    Hi Folks, Been looking over the site recently and found some very useful stuff - fair play. Bit the bullet and finally bought an RX 8 over the weekend. 2004 (I know, I know) triple black. Similar to this: I'll post some actual photos over the next few days. Will be good to know if there are any other RX8 owners on this forum from the North West. Show yourselves.
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