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Your Perfect Mazda RX-8 With No Problems Ever Has A Recall For A Potential Fuel Leak

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We’ve all been convinced that some RX-8 hasn’t had any problems like those other RX-8s. Definitely not. That one RX-8 is fine. It’s great. But it doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, because now almost every Mazda RX-8 is being recalled for a potential fuel leak.

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Here’s the official recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, via Carscoops:

SUMMARY:

Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.

CONSEQUENCE:

The deteriorated seals may leak fuel, which, in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

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The report states the recall affects 69,447 vehicles, which accounts for most units of America’s best-selling vehicle ever, the RX-8. So it likely includes you.

Owners will be notified as parts become available, and the fix involving replacing a fuel pump sealing ring and add thermal insulation to the fuel tank will be completed free of charge.

Hey, friend, at least this gives you and the other RX-8 owners something else to talk about finally. How fun!

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DISCUSSION

So you HAVE been reading my comments!

I think most RX-8 owners consider not blowing an apex seal a sign of a perfect RX-8 with no issues. Not knowing about how neglecting to replace the ignition coils on a timely basis can lead to a plugged up catalytic converter was not a pleasant learning experience, let me tell you.