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#2017 of 2544 starting car after being in high water
Mar 20, 2006 (11:37 pm)
Sunday it flash flooded in Dallas, and while driving home I ran into high water and stalled. (I was not being stupid, there was just nowhere to go. Everything happened so fast.)
I cannot get the car started again, so I had it towed home. It's a 1990 Mazda 626. It was on it's last legs anyway, but I need to get it running again til I can get a new car.
Water got in to about 5 inches. Within an hour my boyfriend and some others got it pushed up into a driveway so it could drain. That was probably deep enough for water to come in the exhaust. And as people drove by me, there were waves. I checked the dipsticks for the oil and tranny and did not see any signs of water. It's time for an oil change anyway, so I will get that done.
The electrical seems fine. The power windows, door locks, and sun roof work, the lights and radio come on, and the passive alarm works. The starter cranks once (a nice dull thud) and I get no ignition. I was on E when this happened, so I'm wondering if part of the problem is not enough fuel/pressure. I have no clue what if any computer components there are, where they are located, and if they got wet.
I removed the floor mats to dry, and I bleached the carpet. I also plan on renting a shop vac to clean the carpet. It is finally sunny here, so can I just wait for things to dry out? Any suggestions? I need this car to last a few more months, and it's not worth me spending hundreds of dollars on.
At least I live on a bus line and can get to work ok.
#2018 of 2544 gurgle/gurgle
Mar 22, 2006 (4:40 pm)
Have you got it Zoom'n yet? There's an oxygen sensor before the cat.
#2019 of 2544 140k on my 1999 V6
Mar 23, 2006 (7:11 am)
I just hit 140K miles yesterday. The engine runs strong and smooth. No rust anywhere yet. A few issues: I am getting some creaking noise from the left strut(?) when making a sharp right turn. Maybe it is time for new struts? I am also thinking about replacing the drive axles, as the original CV joints and boots are showing signs of wear as well. Any thoughts?
#2020 of 2544 Re: Rear end noise [backy]
Mar 24, 2006 (9:52 am)
Did you get that rear-end problem corrected yet? I used to have a '00 LX-V6 and it had the rear sway bar links and bushings replaced twice in two years under warranty. The symptom was a clunking sound heard from the trunk area when going over bumps/holes. I came across other owners back then with the same problem, so I think there must have been some design or manufacturing issues with those components.
#2021 of 2544 Re: Rear end noise [slickdog]
Mar 24, 2006 (10:38 am)
No, will do it soon--but if there was a recall or TSB for the problem that would help. I am pretty sure there was no recall for it. Does Mazda have a public site that publishes TSBs?
#2022 of 2544 The Trolls in the trunk
Mar 27, 2006 (5:43 pm)
Back in OughtOne or Two there was a TSB for thisailment.
No proven remedy...just a heads up for mechanics I guess. One of the problems was the malady was intermittent.The shop could never replicate the noise to address a solution. Ours sounds like a loose body panel and IS periodic!?!
#2023 of 2544 Re: Rear end noise [slickdog]
Mar 28, 2006 (12:48 pm)
Did you say rear sway bar links too? i replaced the rear bar bushings several years ago, but now I am getting some of this rear clunk when going over bumps. Will the new rear sway bar links cure the problem?
#2024 of 2544 Re: 140k on my 1999 V6 [p100]
Mar 29, 2006 (12:15 pm)
140k Sounds like you are doing fairly well. Does the creaking noise happen when you are stationary or moving very slowly and making a right turn? or at normal speeds. If so it could be the top strut bearing.I replaced both of mine. Check them by having car in park , and have someone turn wheel left to right while you hold your hand on the spring. You feel it tensioning and releasing. If so then its the bearing but maybe changing entire upper strut mount would be advisable. In my case at 55K i only had to replace the bearing . 120K is a whole different ball game IMHO
I also replaced half axles on my 94 626 and bought OEM remanufactured from mazda. They were reman by ARI and you could prolly get them $30-40 cheaper online or somewhere else. I would suggest you try to find ARI because thats who MAZDA uses to reman theirs.
#2025 of 2544 Re: Rear end noise [p100]
Mar 31, 2006 (11:17 am)
Yes, sway bar links too. Seems to me that replacing just the bushings would be an adequate solution for that sort of problem but the dealer replaced the links and bushings both times. I remember asking the service manager why on one of those trips, and I believe he told me that since the bushings were shot that there was damage to the links as well. Not sure how possible that is, since I never had the rear suspension apart in my garage, but the work was performed under warranty both times (no $$$ out of my pocket) so I didn't argue with the guy.
Your bushings could be bad again too, the first set on my car failed after probably 2 years, then the second set within another year.
#2026 of 2544 Re: MX-6/626 V6 Rough Idle etc... [overton]
Apr 04, 2006 (2:26 pm)
i own a 1997 626 and it had rough idling for a while then one day started getting worse. finally now every time its in idle it completely shuts off and no one can tell me what the pronblem is because they say its enternal and not worth it. do you have any ideas or suggestions