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#4322 of 4469 Mazda MPV Door and Door Motor Problems
Jan 19, 2006 (1:47 pm)
HELP! Any advice would be appreciated.
PROBLEM #1 - Our 2005 MPV has right sliding passenger door that will not shut automatically by itself. You know the problem, it doesn't sit flush and opens itself up. It's been in the Mazda shop (under warranty) four times and they can't seem to fix it. Any success stories out there on how Mazda fixed it?
This is the one that has my wife freaked out. Periodically, the right side door will attempt to open by itself while on the road. Actually, you can hear the motor cycle through, but the built-in safety features prevent it from opening up on the road. Mazda claims they have never seen this or heard of it, but there is no denying it, the motor cycles when driving down the road, which tells me it is trying to open.
I think the problems are related, but as you can imagine, the Mazda repairman can't seem to replicate the problem, or see it/hear it happening. ANY similar instances out there?
#4323 of 4469 Replacing the Headlight
Jan 19, 2006 (9:21 pm)
Anyone out there try replacing the DRIVERS SIDE headlight yet?
There are two corded wires that are taut and go in front of the rubber boot for extracting the bulb. I read the manual and there is no way that bulb is going to pop out the way it states. It's like they ran all the junk in the hood around after the bulb was put in and routed two large cords of wires right in front of the opening!
Lovely, I'll need to PAY MY DEALER to install a stupid light bulb for $60 labor I'm sure!!
Another stupid 'feature' on this vehicle that goes with the unbelievable bone-head design on the rear tailgate license plate lights. Wait until you need to replace them! The dealer went nuts trying to figure out that the inner panel had to be removed!! The lenses don't just 'pop out' like the manual states....again!
Again, any experienced owners with this light replacement activity; please come forward. I'm all ears!!
#4326 of 4469 Re: Mazda MPV Door and Door Motor Problems [sixpence]
Jan 21, 2006 (11:24 pm)
Dealer would be extreemly stupid if they did not try that yet, but try it anyway, to clean the contacts on the side of the sliding door and on the side of the B pillar as well (thos metal circular rods looking things).
#4327 of 4469 Re: Replacing the Headlight [tcc21]
Jan 21, 2006 (11:49 pm)
Quite crowded in the front for removing those headlight light bulbs, but the rear tale gate license plate lights pop out as described in the manual, but you have to be careful not to brake the plastic clip as I did, but nothing unfixable, I just used a tiny screw to fix that.
#4328 of 4469 Re: Replacing the Headlight [lazyfox]
Jan 25, 2006 (10:05 pm)
Thanks for the nice pics on the process. Again, the dealer had a problem removing those lenses and opted for taking out the inner panel on the tailgate to get at them. He did not charge for the replacement FOR THE FIRST TIME anyway!
Yep, those headlamps are a pain!!
Too bad newer cars are designed by great engineers who have never done the work themselves!! Job security for the mechanics for sure!
#4329 of 4469 2001 MPV - High Humidity Rough Running
Jan 30, 2006 (9:56 am)
Whenever we have a foggy, high humidity morning, when the van is first started, it accelerates roughly in the lower gears, until the engine warms up. I don't know if the engine is missing or something else, but the vehicle is definetly under-powered initially until things heat up. Anyone else have this experience and been able to correct?
#4330 of 4469 Re: 2001 MPV - High Humidity Rough Running [mpvinva]
Jan 30, 2006 (12:13 pm)
If you haven't done it already, a real mechanic would probably recommend new plug wires at a minimum and that it likely needs a full tune-up.
#4331 of 4469 Re: 2001 MPV - High Humidity Rough Running [crissman]
Jan 30, 2006 (2:17 pm)
Thanks - just recently replaced the ignition wires, plugs and coil pack because of another unrelated issue.