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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:06 pm    Post subject: rear stabilizer bar links Reply with quote

For the past number of months, the 5 has made the patented rear-suspension knocking noise which seems inevitable with FWD Mazdas after a certain mileage.

I phoned NAPA for replacement links, and was quoted c. $38 each for the economy line, and c. $72 each for the good ones.

Dealer parts, made in Germany, were $43.88 each, plus $1.95 each for the four nuts. The nuts are very slightly oblong, which makes them self-locking but also means they should be replaced.

Part number for the links is BP4K-28-170H. (Both links are the same.)

Part number for the nuts is 9994-01-000.

(Yes, I went with the dealer parts.)

Bring on the warmer weather! +2 C (36 F) is not ideal for this job.

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'82 GLC 1.5 5-speed ('82 - '95); '79 GLC Sport 1.4 5-speed ('87 - '89); '85 626 2.0 5-speed ('97 - '05); '90 MPV 2WD 2.6 5-speed ('96 - '01); '95 Bawngo GL Super 9 pass 2.0 5-speed ('03 - '04); '97 AllSport 2WD 3.0 auto ('01 - ?); '01 Protege 1.6 5-speed ('05 - '13); '09 Mazda 5 GT 5-speed ('13 - ?)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: rear stabilizer bar links Reply with quote

Changed out the links Saturday - no improvement. GRRRR!

Got lots of Google hits regarding the evils of Mazda 5/3 rear suspension, including the need to swap out the rear stabilizer bar for the heavier unit supplied with the 2012+. Feared the worst.

Put the back wheels on ramps yesterday and crawled under. Lay on my back and rocked the back end up and down by pulling on the hitch. Noticed the driver's-side strut moving w.r.t. the bottom mounting bracket. (This would be the strut I replaced last September after an encounter with a Winnipeg pothole.) Embarassed 30 seconds with a 17 mm wrench - problem solved.

I will save the old strut links in case the new ones ever wear out - the old ones felt a bit looser than the new ones. but not bad yet.

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'82 GLC 1.5 5-speed ('82 - '95); '79 GLC Sport 1.4 5-speed ('87 - '89); '85 626 2.0 5-speed ('97 - '05); '90 MPV 2WD 2.6 5-speed ('96 - '01); '95 Bawngo GL Super 9 pass 2.0 5-speed ('03 - '04); '97 AllSport 2WD 3.0 auto ('01 - ?); '01 Protege 1.6 5-speed ('05 - '13); '09 Mazda 5 GT 5-speed ('13 - ?)
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