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#4153 of 4469 Air conditioning in MPV
Jul 25, 2005 (6:18 am)
I have a 2004 MPV LX with 5000 miles on it. We are having some hot (95+) weather here and the AC seems to have a hard time keeping up. The only way that it will keep up is to keep it on recirculation all the time. Anyone else have this problem? Is it just Mazda AC units? Is there a problem with keeping it on recirculation? This is our first Mazda. Thanks.
#4154 of 4469 blinking CEL--bad plugs/wires?
Jul 25, 2005 (6:44 am)
just left my MPV at dealer (2002 LX, about 33K, warranty expires 9/2/05) for a blinking CEL that went off yesterday. wife is panicked (naturally), but I saw in the manual a whole host of potential probs could be causing it to blink. searching posts suggests a misfire. dealer looked at me and said may not be warranty covered as it could need new plugs. i said "at 30K miles!?"-- It just had its 30K mile "servicing" at Pep Boys b/c not much is req'd at 30K per manual (only inspect shown for plugs/wires too) and b/c dealer wants $500 for that servicing.
so my question is, anyone else had the CEL blink b/c of bad plugs or wires and how common is it to have crapped out plugs and wires before 36k miles. that's pretty weak, but considering I had to replace original tires w/in 2 yrs, they must be putting in the cheap stuff under the hood too.
thanks in advance.
#4155 of 4469 Re: blinking CEL--bad plugs/wires? [tkkafka]
Jul 25, 2005 (8:45 am)
replying to myself for others in same circumstance. Dealer says bad PCV valve and fixed it no charge/under warranty. i've seen other posts about bad PCV valves and recalls, but I don't remember getting one.
would still be curious of opinions on suitable mileage for changing OEM plugs-- dealer didn't mention this again.
#4156 of 4469 Re: Air conditioning in MPV [tdbmd]
Jul 25, 2005 (12:01 pm)
Our 2004 MPV LX has about 9,000 miles. We have not had any problems with the A/C. After a recent trip to Florida, and upper 90 degree weather her in Louisville the last week, our a/c has kept the interior cold. We do alternate between the recirculation mode and fresh air/a.c mode(when it starts getting to cold in recirculation mode I swith to fresh air...which will make it less cold). The high humidity may neccesitate having the recirculation mode on the whole time you are in it. Having it only recirculation mode all the time will not harm anything.Next time you take it into the dealer have them check it out...will be covered under your warranty.
#4157 of 4469 Re: blinking CEL--bad plugs/wires? [tkkafka]
Jul 25, 2005 (12:13 pm)
My maintenance plan calls for non-platinum spark plug change every 30,000 miles or a platinum spark plug change every 100,000 miles. I believe the OEM plugs are platinum...but you may want to check to be sure. Your dealer seemed a bit quick to want to charge you for an expensive service.$$$
#4158 of 4469 Steering Column Noise
Jul 25, 2005 (1:04 pm)
I have a problem with noise out of the steering column when turning the steering wheel left or right. The noise can only be heard on the inside of the vehicle and sounds like a coil (spring) being tightened/loosened, or something along the lines of rubber squeaking. I also have an issue with vibration at speeds around 70 MPH; however, relatively new tires on the vehicle. The noise has me really concerned; however I don't have any noted degradation in performance, just the noise itself. Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
PS Have an independent (non-Mazda) mechanic look into the noise this week.
Jul 25, 2005 (2:36 pm)
I'd love to remove some of the Mazda (MAZDA, MPV and ES) emblems from the rear gate of my 2004 MPV. Give the car a little more of the custom look.
I am hoping that they are only glued on with double-sided tape and a heat gun and some dental floss will work. I'm concerned that I may find a couple of holes under each badge where a rivet is holding the emblem to the car. That would suck.
Anyone have any experience?
#4160 of 4469 Re: Steering Column Noise [emsklb]
Jul 26, 2005 (9:51 pm)
There have been several postings on this issue recently and months ago by me.
I have a 2003 MPV and it's been moaning when turning the wheel either way since last winter. Dealer says a 'fix' is coming from corporate Mazda...but nothing yet.
See post by TCC and by another person last week on this.
PLEASE let us know what your mechanic comes up with when you find out!!
#4161 of 4469 Re: Air conditioning in MPV [jipster]
Jul 27, 2005 (10:39 am)
Thanks for the insight. Didn't want to damage anything by leaving it on recirculation for too long.
Jul 27, 2005 (1:11 pm)
Keeping the mode in recirc will also reduce fuel consumption in hot weather. Leaving in fresh air mode means 100 percent hot outside air has to be cooled instead of cooler interior air. In the fresh air mode, to the cooling system it's no different than if one had all the windows open