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#4533 of 4991 2004 Mazda3 129K Miles CEL Code #P2187
Dec 05, 2009 (7:27 pm)
My CEL came on yesterday while I was driving without any performance issues with the drivability of the car. If the light wasnt on, you wouldnt think anything was wrong. Being hypersensitive about being stranded on the side of the road, I went to Autozone to see what code they would pick up: P2187-Fuel system too lean at idle - right bank probable cause. What does that mean? Does that mean a hose has a leak somewhere? For the past year or even longer, when I am not accelerating there is a high pitch scream - which very well could be air escaping out of a tiny hole. I had took it to the dealership some time ago to get the high pitch noise diagnosed. They said I had a baring going out in my alternator, however it has always held a charge & the noise is on the right side - closer to what this print out says, as generic as it is. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions on fixing it? Id like to fix it myself rather than a dealer if its nothing huge.
#4534 of 4991 Re: 2004 Mazda3 129K Miles CEL Code #P2187 [KansasGirl30]
Dec 08, 2009 (3:37 pm)
P2187-Fuel system too lean at idle - right bank probable cause. What does that mean? Does that mean a hose has a leak somewhere?
TIP: Google it! Type in OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) and then the code, example OBD P2187.
This is one of the answers about this condition which sounds reasonable to me: "lean idle condition in your bank 1 o2 sensor stream. The most common cause of this is a bad purge solenoid valve. This is emissions related and can cause poor fuel economy and lead to other problems down the road. You should have the valve replaced and get the code cleared." Here's another: "The too lean condition can be caused by any number of air leak locations after the MAF sensor."
Before replacing all sorts of parts, I'd have my mechanic narrow down the cause.
#4535 of 4991 Mazda 3 2010 mainteniance
Dec 26, 2009 (7:23 am)
I bought a Mazda 3 2010 S this summer, and the dealership recommends oil change every 3500 miles, and medium maintenance every 7500 miles (which cost more than $200). Now, it is time for scheduled the medium maintenance, I called them, besides oil change, there are many CHECKs , it is crazy.
I am wondering, if the new Mazda 3 need this kind maintenance, (from the manual, seems not), and if it is good to do service in other place than Mazda dealers? Such as a Honda dealer or Jiff Lube....?
#4536 of 4991 Re: Mazda 3 2010 mainteniance [mars168]
Dec 26, 2009 (8:24 am)
Your dealer is ripping you off. Read your Mazda manual and just follow it My dealer never recommend all these other type of maintenance. and I believe the oil change is 7,500 miles according to the manual. I purchased mine in March, and I have had two oil changes and one tire rotation, all covered in the first year maintenance free.
They have something like 13 point inspection, or whatever, but that usually is part of the oil change package. You can do that at Valvoline for oil change, they are just as good as dealers.
#4537 of 4991 Re: Mazda 3 2010 mainteniance [mars168]
Dec 26, 2009 (8:34 pm)
I prefer to use the dealer during the warranty period, just to avoid any possibility of problems with warranty coverage of problems. However, I just follow the maintenance schedule in the owners manual.
#4538 of 4991 Re: Mazda 3 2010 mainteniance [jeffyscott]
Dec 27, 2009 (9:16 pm)
THANKS guys, I will follow your suggestion, use dealer and following the manual.
BTW, the dealership is Ourisman at Laural MD. I think they are trying to sale car cheap, and try to get back from service.
#4539 of 4991 high-pitched sound when driving at high speeds... what's the issue?
Dec 29, 2009 (12:45 pm)
I make long driving trips frequently and when I stay at a constant high speed (roughly 80-85 mph) on an open highway, everything works and sounds fine. But when I accelerate to pass a car/truck, my car starts to make a very high pitched noise, almost like a screeching/rubbing sound. It doesn't happen every time I hit a high speed, but I do hear it every so often.
Any ideas to what the issue is? What can I do to solve it?
Thanks for the feedback!
#4540 of 4991 Re: high-pitched sound when driving at high speeds... what's the issue? [cbui]
Dec 29, 2009 (1:56 pm)
I had a very similar situation on a car a while back, it would make a similar noise when I would jump up to a higher speed, almost like a reed effect (think of a wood reed on a clarinet and the vibration). Turns out my problem was a bad seal at a certain spot on my windshield, right in the middle by the defrost vent. I could not feel air or anything, the leak was so small that when air was forced in at higher speeds I would get this reed effect, the fix was to reseal the wind shield. Have you checked your belt and pulleys? possible you could be hearing one of those two, but I would think you would hear those at lower speeds as well...
#4541 of 4991 Center Console Radio Lights Flicker & Dim
Jan 07, 2010 (8:48 pm)
Happy New Year. I have not posted in a while.
I have a 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback automatic. The 3 is running great but I'm having a problem with the interior center console lights dimming and flickering. Specifically the lights that are dimming and flickering is the display that shows the time, radio station, temp, and also the lights that surround the power, tuning and audio control knobs. I can't remember when it started to do this. It does this year round. The lights on the dash, RPM, MPH, etc. are fine. Any ideas or has anyone else had this problem.
#4542 of 4991 Re: high-pitched sound when driving at high speeds... what's the issue? [mazdazoom]
Jan 12, 2010 (4:59 pm)
I haven't checked my belt or pulleys yet, but I should probably see to it soon. Thanks for the suggestion!