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How to change anti-freeze, any thing I need to know that is important to this car other than the basics ? I can do most simple repairs

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To flush out the whole system,just connect a garden hose to the topmost heater hose and remove the rad/expansion cap and let it run for awhile. then to add antifreeze pour into expansion tank until required amount is in the system before you do up the clip.i use about 1/2 gallon of a/f to refil then only top up with neat a/f when engine until hot and vent system of all air with same hose.

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  • debjon08 Nov 04, 2010

    I never worked on a mazda before, more concerned with special procedures for this car if any ,can do most repairs. Do i need a specific fluid for this car?

  • geoff hunter Nov 04, 2010

    the Mazda 3 is the same as a Ford escort for Europe and it has no special procedures(other than DONT pressure wash the engine bay)THE ANTIFREEZE IS NOT ETHYLENE BASED. thats it.......worth more than one thumb this time??????

  • geoff hunter Nov 04, 2010

    you have a friend for life.......ta. from geoff, England.



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