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#2244 of 2544 Taillight and dashboard light problem on a '97 626..
Dec 31, 2006 (7:25 pm)
I have a 1997 Mazda 626LX which has been problem-free for a long time. About a couple months ago, the dashboard lights started to shut down every time I used the left turn signal. Now the dashboard lights will not turn on at all, and my taillights are not working either. (Interestingly the headlights and all three brakelights are working perfectly. Upon examining the wiring diagrams in the Haynes manual, I realized that they were completely separate circuits)
Because of the earlier problem with the turn signal, I am guessing that the switch might be faulty. I did some research online, and many others reported similar problems with their Mazdas where their taillights and dashboard lights would stop working. Any ideas what the reason might be?
#2245 of 2544 Re: Taillight and dashboard light problem on a '97 626.. [ka1975]
Jan 01, 2007 (7:05 am)
I recently had the same problems with my 95 626. You most likely need to replace the combination switch. This requires pulling the sterring wheel to access the switch. Recommend you find a combination switch from a reputable salvage part dealer since a new combination switch from the dealer will likely be well over $300. My switch cost about $100 and came with a 3 month warranty. You can find sources on the internet. Mine came from a mazda parts dealer in Atlanta..mazdamart..that specializes in mazda parts. Good luck.
#2246 of 2544 First gear synchro noise
Jan 01, 2007 (12:20 pm)
My 4 - cyl. 5 - speed 2002 626 with 110000 km sometimes makes a grinding noise when downshifting into first gear at low speed. I cannot figure out what causes this. The noise is like trying to put a car into gear without engaging the clutch - the sound of the gears not meshing together. Suggestions?
#2247 of 2544 Re: Hey backy [skibry1]
Jan 01, 2007 (6:24 pm)
I had the same clunking noise coming from the trunk area on my 2000 626. I read on another forum it is the sway bar bushings that could cause that. I changed them out and it fixed the problem.
#2249 of 2544 error code 421
Jan 03, 2007 (5:37 pm)
i've taken my car to 2 different mechanics for this code and they havent been able to find the problem.it has to do with the catalyst but i've replaced it .
#2250 of 2544 Brake Lights not working
Jan 03, 2007 (6:00 pm)
I have a 98 Mazda 626 and the brake lights quit working. I have checked the fuse under the dash and it is still good. I think it is highly unlikely that all three brake lights burned out at the same time, but that is what I plan to check next. Anyone have any suggestions? Is there something else I should be looking at?
#2251 of 2544 Torque converter issues on 2000 626 LX V6
Jan 06, 2007 (6:12 pm)
My 2000 626(79k miles) shudders quite violently at around 40-45mph. Typically I lift my foot off the gas pedal and sometimes do this a couple of times to get past the shudder. Pepboys told me today(90 bucks for telling me this) that the torque converter is shattering and recommended that I take it to a tranny shop.
Anybody on this board have any advice/experience on what kind of bill I'm looking at? I'm in the Dallas area so if anybody can recommend any local shop here I'd appreciate it.
Any other advice/comments would be highly appreciated.
#2252 of 2544 Re: timing belt concern... [skibry1]
Jan 06, 2007 (7:20 pm)
105,000 miles for the first timing belt change. the belt still looked good. I replaced it with a Mazda OEM belt. I bought a timing belt kit from Auto zone that included the idler pulleys, because those were prohibitively expensive from Mazda. Did not use the timing belt in the kit though.
#2253 of 2544 Re: First gear synchro noise [e44]
Jan 06, 2007 (7:24 pm)
You could have an internally leaking clutch master cylinder, which causes the clutch not to release fully when the clutch pedal is pressed.