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#1356 of 2547 shifting woes here too
Dec 05, 2002 (1:47 pm)
1996 Mazda 626 LX V6 same shifting problem every now and then. I bought this car 8 months back and have put on 9000 miles on it since. I have replaced the following on this car
- new clutch
- new front rotors and pads
- new power steering pump
- two new CV boots
- new vacuum chambers
- new alternator
- new motor mounts
it needs a new radiator and a new throttle position sensor as well. i have sunk $3500 into it so far and i think it is now running okay...never buy mazda again unless they decide to stop putting in ford parts in their cars!! as my mechanic says, ford and mazda in bed together making some really UGLY babies!!
Dec 06, 2002 (6:07 am)
Hi, long time no post. This one is regarding 'clunks' coming from the steering components (struts or strut mounts likely) when I turn. The car is a 95 LX L4 ATX. I know that my driver side strut bearing needs replacement (that was one clunk), but now, in cold mornings, I can hear another similar clunk coming from somewhere else. Question: Could it be the other (passenger side) bearing that is starting to give, and I notice it in cold weather more because the lubrication is sticky? I am about to order the bearings for both sides, but would like some opinions on this before I take off the struts, compress the springs, kill the cat when the spring flies of the vise, screw up all the alignment (which it needs anyway...), etc., etc. Plus, it's cold here in Philly, and working on the car outside is a pain...
#1358 of 2547 Frost Plug Location?
Dec 09, 2002 (9:56 am)
Anyone here know off-hand where the frost plug (block heater) hole is in the engine block of a 1993 626 2.0L 4cyl? Is it hard or easy to get at? Its survived this many years without one but the girl is growing too old and tired for our harsh winters here.
Another question. Would a battery blanket be just as effective as a block heater for cold starts?
Dec 09, 2002 (4:18 pm)
I've not heard any previous complaints about the headrests, though anything is breakable under the right - or the wrong - circumstances.
Problems shifting? Is the clutch working properly?
I'd suspect a strut mount before the actual bearing, but it's really impossible to tell without putting the squeeze on the darn thing.
And to be honest, I've never even looked for the freeze plug on the 2.0s I've owned; then again, it hasn't gotten down much below 10 (-12 C) here. Things are way different Up North. I suspect, though, it's tricky to get to.
Dec 11, 2002 (11:09 am)
When I installed my block heater it was put in the freeze plus located in the left front of the engine of my 1991. Block heaters are an enormous benefit to keep the engine warm and running smooth when temps are below freezing.
Dec 12, 2002 (5:14 pm)
my 1995 mazda 626 4 cyl auto tranny died. around three months ago i drained the atx fluid. it came out in gobs. lot of sludge. i replaced the fluid and added lubeguard.i drove the car for a couple of weeks then parked it for a couple of months. i started it today and it would hardly move forward with high rpms reverse did the same it wont move but a couple of feet and that's it. what could have happened. all help will be appreciated. thanks, john
Dec 12, 2002 (7:38 pm)
Might be a clogged filter, from your description of the old fluid. If not, probably the pressure regulator valve in the transaxle is stuck. An oil pressure test would determine if it is.
Dec 13, 2002 (11:12 am)
adding to post 1361. i started the car today and the trans worked in all positions, after running for about three minutes the same problem no go in all positions. tried it an hour later and the same thing happened. works durng the first couple of minuits then nothing. if i rev it up it tries to work. any clues?
#1364 of 2547 Jerky ES 94 626
Dec 13, 2002 (12:50 pm)
My wife's 626 was given to her by her parents, who bought it new. It has jerked when shifting from 1st to 2nd since the day they bought it. It has 65K miles, and other than this transmission problem, the car has had nothing we've had to worry about. The interior (especially the leather) and exterior are immaculate. I've been reading about these tranny problems and have wanted to get rid of it before it goes out, but would I really want to get rid of this red beauty just because of the transmission? Can I expect the "speedometer fix" to help the jerking?
Dec 13, 2002 (1:13 pm)
It might, but I have my doubts, especially if your speedo is actually working properly the rest of the time.
As for those other problems you read about, well, the ES that year was a six-cylinder car, which means you have, not the dreaded LA4A-EL (CD4E) tranny, but the somewhat more robust GF4A-EL. And the nature of this particular beast is that it's never going to shift as inconspicuously as, say, an old Buick Dynaflow. Have your service guy change the fluid (which, assuming you followed Mazda's recommendations to the letter, has never been done) and see what happens.