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#2037 of 2547 Need opinions on Rear-end noise - 2001 626
Apr 14, 2006 (9:19 am)
Hello all -- I have a 2001 626 LX with approx 86,000 miles. It has developed a sound in the rear end (shocks/struts/something else?) that sound like a "cuckoo" clock when I go over speed-bumps or bumpy roads in general.
Any clue what this might be? And more important -- how serious / expensive this might be to fix?
I am considering trading it in on a 2005 Mazda Tribute, 31,000 miles. Anyone have any experience with Tributes?
#2038 of 2547 1995 Mazda Trouble Light
Apr 17, 2006 (6:08 am)
Light indicating some problem with electrical system is coming on and the book tells us we should see the dealer to determine the problem. We don't seem to have any problems with the car. It is not overheating, runs fine but we do know the clutch is going out since is hard to get into first gear. Appreciate any information you can share regarding potential problems causing the light to come on? Thanks
#2039 of 2547 Re: 1995 Mazda Trouble Light [vashtie]
Apr 17, 2006 (12:23 pm)
You need to have the code pulled to know what the light is on for. Auto Zone will do this for free. As far as the clutch is concerned, it may not be a bad clutch. If it is reluctant to go into gear, this means that the clutch is not fully releasing when the pedal is depressed. The primary culprit here is an internally leaking clutch master cylinder/slave cylinder, which need to be rebuilt/replaced. A clutch that is worn out will normally cause slipping, and it will engage only when the pedal is almost fully released. You can do a simple test to see if your clutch is bad. Place the car in fourth gear, depress the clutch and start the engine. Then abruptily release the clutch (no foot on the brake). If the engine stalls immediately, your clutch is still good, if not, the clutch is toast.
#2040 of 2547 Re: 1995 Mazda Trouble Light [p100]
Apr 18, 2006 (2:52 am)
Very much appreciate the advice! Will try out your recommendations.
#2041 of 2547 Re: 140k on my 1999 V6 [p100]
Apr 27, 2006 (2:43 am)
Did you finally get that noise resolved? Was it what we thought?
#2042 of 2547 Strut Question - HELP
Apr 27, 2006 (12:25 pm)
I have a 99 Mazda 626 with 101k miles on it. I love my car and it runs like a tank. The check engine light has been on for 8 months and I have had three diagnostics and no one can figure out what is wrong but it does not run funny at all. My REAL problem is that I need struts. I don't think they have ever been replaced. I have 16 months until this car is paid off and I do not have $450 for the repair. What happens when you don't fix them. What if I just let them go like that? There is no noise at all but I hit hard. I am afraid of an accident or something but I would have to borrow the money from my friends or family to fix it!
#2043 of 2547 Re: 140k on my 1999 V6 [mazda626atx]
Apr 29, 2006 (7:07 pm)
I just ordered a pair of rear swaybar links. Will install them next week when they come in. Hopefully, this will resolve the issue. It has not been that bad - mostly when the car is cold and it seems to be less pronounced now.
Will let everybody know if I see any difference after I instlal the new links.
Also, the creaking noise that seems to be coming from the left front strut upper mount, is not as pronounced. i may let that one go until I replace the struts, along with the upper mounts.
#2044 of 2547 Re: Strut Question - HELP [lotsofems]
Apr 29, 2006 (7:09 pm)
I still have the original struts at 144K. I do not think that they are bad yet, but if I keep the car, I will probably replace them in the next year or so.
#2045 of 2547 Airbag replacement
Apr 30, 2006 (2:56 pm)
Has anyone had to replace the two front airbags on a '98-02 vintage 626 and if so how much did it cost? My son had an accident in my '00 626 yesterday and it was enough to blow both bags (DPS officer said they blow at 12 mph), but fortunately no one was hurt and my son said the damage to the car doesn't seem to be that bad (I haven't seen it yet, I was out of town). I am hoping the damage is not enough to total the car--it doesn't take much these days.
#2046 of 2547 Re: Strut Question - HELP [lotsofems]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2006 (6:14 am)
Weak struts might cause a loss of control in certain extreme situations, but probably the only thing you have eto worry about is damage to the car's suspension, like ball joints, tie rods, etc. I don't see why you can't find a deal for even cheap struts (like KYB or Gabriel) at one of the discount chains. They won't last too long but they will get you through your loan.