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#3136 of 4469 Sticky Throttle in 2000 MPV
Sep 29, 2003 (4:53 pm)
Haven't posted in a long time -- like soon after we purchased our 2000 MPV in 2001! Still in love with my "Mama-mobile"! Would get another one in a heartbeat!
We are experiencing the "sticky throttle" issue now with our 2000 MPV. I cruised through the archives, and see other MPV owners have experienced the same issue. When I called the dealer today, the service manager indicated "Mazda is aware of the throttle sticking, but haven't been able to come up with a fix". He also indicated Mazda is not considering this a warranty issue, but rather a maintenance issue.
1. Anybody seen any service bulletins/advisories Mazda has issued regarding this issue?
2. Refresh my failing memory -- which governmental agency is responsible for auto safety, recalls, etc?
3. Anyone know if this is subject to a "secret" warranty by Mazda?
It seems to me this is a safety issue -- albeit it does tend to disappear once the vehicle is warmed up. . . .I keep thinking about how I want this to appear to a jury. . . .
#3137 of 4469 Lifters / Valves
Oct 03, 2003 (7:50 am)
My 2000 MPV LX seems to have noisy valves / lifters. Starts up fine but then clicking starts. It isn't constant. Car runs fine but I don't know if this is something that gets worse and then becomes a problem or it's just a nuisance or what. I'd appreciate any views, including whether it's time to move on to another van, and whether other owners have this problem. I searched the board but didn't find many references to valves or lifters. Thanks.
#3138 of 4469 Lifters/Valves
Oct 04, 2003 (5:09 am)
It could be that you have a lifter that is sticking. My '95 Villager always made that clicking noise when it first was warming up. They thought it was a lifter that was sticking and treated it so. It turns out that the lifter was on its way out and at 103k on the odometer, to us it wasn't worth fixing it.
Oct 05, 2003 (8:02 pm)
Our 2003 ES is 8 months old, 11K and is great. No sulphur smell, decent MPG 20/26, and its fun to drive. (I put 87 octane in the thing, I ping with 85 octane - in Colorado)
Only problem is that my DH thinks he can drive it too! **And I wonder why the kids come home and keep saying "zoom, zoom" after riding with Daddy???)**
Oct 06, 2003 (7:02 pm)
Local mechanic said clicking could be any one of a number of things... so off to Mazda we go. Hope it's not a real big problem. It's clicking coming from the front but he doesn't think it's the engine valves. Could be tie rod clicking, etc., and of course those were replaced by Mazda in trying to fix the clicking from the brakes.
#3141 of 4469 response: Sticky Throttle in 2000 MPV by foerster
Oct 23, 2003 (4:47 pm)
I don't know if this will help but i just bought my mpv last night and signed up for "mymazda" on mazdausa.com Apparently if you enter your VIN # they will keep you abreast of any "service bulletins/advisories " ?
#3142 of 4469 Coolant & Water Pump
Oct 24, 2003 (4:04 pm)
2000 MPV (63 K miles) -
Took MPV to the dealer for routine coolant flush. The charge $120 shocked me - included in this was $27 + $14 for parts ("Cooling F" and "Coolant"). Now I have noticed a coolant leak in my garage. Perhaps on order of half cup. It seems to be coming from unit on driver side front (aprox. under battery).
What should a routine coolant flush cost? Is this 'unit' that appears to be leaking the water pump? I thought water pumps were always on the drive belt side of the engine? Is there any way the water pump can be damaged on the flush? Perhaps overpresurized on the flush? If this is water pump, what will it cost to replace? Because I bet dealer tells me a story that it was bad when I came in. If not water pump - what is unit on left. Appears that the water hoses off radiator go in that direction.
Any insight to help me prepare for dealer is greatly appreciated.
#3143 of 4469 CD changer ticking
Nov 04, 2003 (7:34 am)
My 2000 MPV with 72,000 miles has finally developed a problem, the CD changer. After several months of non-use I noticed a ticking sound as the CD spins. It's definitely rubbing on something. Also, it seems to skip ahead on the last tracks. Has anyone experienced such things with a CD player, and do you suppose a "cleaning disc" might help? Thanks for any ideas.
#3144 of 4469 cards_200
Nov 04, 2003 (8:44 am)
Probably the dealer tightened the belts too tight. This will over stress the pump bearings and cause a leak if that is where the leak is coming from.
Yeah it was common for American brand cars (v8s) for the pump to fail at 40K. My Jap cars have never had a pump failure with over 150K miles on them.
Any leak in the cooling system is serious. Modern engines depend on high pressure efficiency for cooling (chemistry 101). If there is a pressure leak, it won't cool properly.. Try tighting each of the hose clamps if possible. Might luck out. If the clamps are band or spring clamps it takes special tools....
(Never mess with the cooling system on a hot engine)
I would find a good independent shop to have the leaked fixed. My indie shop charges 65 bucks to flush and change the coolent (70K-90K miles with a tranny flush(extra $70) ).
I have the belts and hoses inspected every oil change (3-4K miles)
#3145 of 4469 If warranty is up
Nov 05, 2003 (5:43 am)
I would find an independant mechanic that you trust. Why so many people continue using the dealerships for repairs after the warranty is up is beyond me. They charge soooo much money for repairs. We actually have a mechanic who is a Subaru specialist but he's worked on all of my cars even my Olds.