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#1015 of 2547 Just bought a used one...
Apr 13, 2002 (6:45 pm)
I just bought a used 1996 Mazda 626 LX, last month. It has about 71k miles and an AUTO transmission. A couple of weeks ago, i noticed that there are some clicking noises somewhere in the front of the car...i can't figure out what it is, does anyone have this same problem??? I just need to know what the heck is wrong with it before i get it checked in and not look all stupid about it! Ohh...and to anyone who has this car...how's your cars gas mileage...i get about 20 mpg/25 mpg on mine...is there anything wrong with this????
Apr 13, 2002 (7:17 pm)
after reading most of the entries here...now i am scared of having to pay for a new transmission...i am only a college student, i don't think i can afford a new transmission..or even an old one! i should have just stayed with my Honda Civic...at least that one, i had never had any problems with! Now i think trading in my Civic for this 626 was a mistake! Hmm..another thing that i realized is that my 626 does have that IDLE problem most of you are having, especially at stop lights!
Apr 13, 2002 (7:47 pm)
With the four and the auto, the nominal US figure is 23 mpg (31 highway). (The larger '98-'02 version is rated 22/28.) My own experience with the '93 was 24/30; I'd expect I'd have done the same with a '96.
As for clicking, if it's something you hear on a turn, it's a CV joint complaining.
Apr 13, 2002 (7:49 pm)
Sounds sensible so far, though watch it with those valve-cover bolts; you're dealing with aluminum, and overtorquing can shred it.
#1019 of 2547 A mile and a half in the sky
Apr 13, 2002 (7:54 pm)
It's having trouble adjusting for the comparative lack of air up there. Something (the codes should tell you) needs to be tweaked or replaced.
[Insert oxygen sensor joke here]
To a certain extent, cars today do seem to get used to their environments, and being taken someplace new requires a whole new learning curve.
#1020 of 2547 Guillermo's Saga - The sequel...
Apr 15, 2002 (5:15 am)
I have to thank all those who sent commnets and suggestions.
Thanks to windowphobe for reminding me not to overtorque the cam cover. Since I did not have a torque wrench, I did not do it. Also, I think that I will need a new cam gasket, because I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS ONE THERE! I think that they 'made' it on the spot with silicon sealant...
In any case, I wanted to do something 'manly' over the weekend, and despite I had no scanner to pull the codes, I went ahead an changed wires and plugs (I used Bosch $45 cables and Bosch platinum plugs - are these OK?). When getting one of the plugs out, I noticed that there was a little chunk of silicone sealant (left there by the mechanic, se above...) which was preventing the wire boot to go down all the way. Apparently, that, and the slight warming up in Philly in the last week, caused a misfire or two, which is probably why the CEL was flaring up.
Runs better, although I still haven't tunned it with the strobe-light. In any case, I haven't seen the CEL in three days...
Apr 15, 2002 (11:11 am)
In my last post, a question ended up hidden among piles of sensless babble, so here it goes again...
Are BOSCH 'Premium' cables and 'platinum' spark-plugs OK for the 626? I got them last weekend and installed them, but they do look a bit flimsy...
Apr 15, 2002 (2:11 pm)
Bosch wires are generally good quality. Bosch Platinums plugs on the other hand are useless junk, IMO.
It's hard to go wrong with NGK plugs and wires, but just leave what you have alone as long as they are working.
Apr 20, 2002 (11:23 am)
Well, this is a real pain. Over the last 10 days I have pretty much changed everything considered 'maintenance items' after 78K miles: plugs, cables, PCV valve, air filter. If you remember earlier postings, I mentioned my CEL not flaring up after that. Well, today I punched the gas to pass a bus, and it reared its ugly head again. 20 seconds and it was gone. Now comes a question for which I wish the answer is "NO": Can the CEL in a 1995 2.0L 4cyl ATX 626 indicate a problem with the tranny? I do have the crappy Ford tranny (to find out you just need to pull the tranny fluid level dip-stick and read...), so I'm prepared for the worst...
Apr 20, 2002 (3:53 pm)
When the CD4E acts up, it generally flashes the O/D Off light, not the CEL/MIL.