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Mazda 626, Sedan
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.
Dec 13, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Torque-converter clutch refusing to yield, maybe?
Dec 13, 2002 (2:33 pm)
No. The torque converter clutch provides a positive connection between the crankshaft and transaxle input shaft. If it won't release, the engine stalls when trans is shifted into gear.
Dec 13, 2002 (5:05 pm)
Next time, I shall read them twice before I shoot off my mouth, as obviously once isn't always enough.
I suppose it would help if there were codes pulled, but he hasn't said anything about that yet.
#1369 of 2547 windowphobe
Dec 13, 2002 (5:11 pm)
Check out the part in post #1361 about the condition of the fluid he drained out. :o(
Dec 14, 2002 (3:43 pm)
And, I repeat: "Yech".
Well, if the stuff managed to get congealed, all manner of things could have been mangled inside that little slushbox.
I'm just surprised it worked at all with a fresh fill, I guess.