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#601 of 2547 94' Mazda 626 Maint. cont --
Jun 17, 2001 (1:57 pm)
﻿Continuing my other response.
Change oil every 3,000 for a while. That may help.
I am anything but a mechanic, my experience has been in the school of hard knocks and
4. Do extra repairs with an timing belt change. Don’t get stranded, don’t harm the engine, get the
belt replaced soon. It’s covered and is hard to examine. When you change the timing belt
at 90,000 change the crankshaft and cam seals. At 90,000 I changed the timing belt on my 1991.
Now, at 115,000 I have camshaft and crankshaft leaks. I now have to spend $280.00 when it
would have only cost $60.00, if I’d replaced them at the time. You might also want to consider a
preventative water pump replacement. Same reason.
5.If your transmission is working OK, I would do a transmission service and add Lubegard for
the transmission. I had an engine that vibrated after an accident, and Lubegard in the
transmission tegether with synthetic oil really made it smoother. Might stop the dash vibration as well.
#602 of 2547 A/C Smell.......
Jun 18, 2001 (8:52 pm)
When I turn on my A/C, I have this strange smell come out of the vent. Is there anything wrong with the A/C system or just because of it is getting old? In addition, I notice the airflow from the passenger side vent near the window is weak, what'w wrong with that. I have a 96' ES-V6 626.
Jun 19, 2001 (6:34 am)
you've got a sandwich stuck in there or something.
But, seriously, it would account for the smell and the low flow, right? How about a dead mouse? How bad is the smell? I'm just shooting in the dark here.
Jun 19, 2001 (2:31 pm)
Thanks you guys for all your advice...I really appreciate it...
Most of you guys think that I should sell-off this car..and you guys won't believe what happened...After that MAF sensor fiasco (minor maintenance) and after reading all the bad stuff about 94' 626, I decided that I am gonna sell this car. I even gave an advertisement in the Washington Post and other online sites as well.
I vacummed/cleaned/washed/waxed my car. And put up a "FOR SALE" sign on window. And then took it for a drive...I felt soooooooo good at that time, that I changed my mind about selling it. I got around 5 phone calls for it, but I told everybody that I have already sold this car...Most of you guys will think that I am a LOSER...But for some reason, I love this car...especially because this is my first car...
But now, I have finally made up my mind. I am gonna maintain it for 3 more months and sell it off in October. (I just hope that the transmission problem doesn't creep up during this time). And I will use Mazda OEM oil filter and Mobil-1 synthetic oil during my next oil change ???
What do you guys advise/comment ???
#605 of 2547 626 Service in SF Bay Area
Jun 19, 2001 (3:15 pm)
I have a 1999 Mazda 626 LX still under warranty. It's about ready for the 30,000 mile tune up. However the local authorized service center in Oakland quoted $650 for that service.
That seems quite high to me. Does anybody know another provider in the local area that might be both reliable and more reasonable in pricing.
#606 of 2547 to qbrozen/ A/C smell
Jun 19, 2001 (8:07 pm)
Come on, qbrozen, be serious!! The smell is not as bad as it is in your car
Anyway, I thought about changing the air filter to block some dirty air from outside. Is that a solution? I am not good at cars. Is there even an air filter available for Mazda 626?
Jun 20, 2001 (7:59 am)
the smell in my car is due to medical issues beyond my contro ..... oh, wait, you were joking, weren't you? Um.... my car smells fine ....
Anyway, the air filter is a good question. Windowphobe? You still here?
Well, I'd have to wait till the weekend to be able to check that out for ya if nobody else knows. I'd like to know the answer to that myself. Maybe I could stick an air freshener right on the filter and take care of that ..... um .... scent.
#608 of 2547 harry_mazda626
Jun 20, 2001 (8:00 am)
Call back the five people that called you on your ad and try to sell the darn thing now! Why put off tomorrow what you can do today? Avoid the potential inevitable! What if that tranny goes out within the next three months? What if something else goes out that may cost you more than its worth to fix?
One thing I've learned about cars is to never fall in love with them. Think of all the millions of cars out there that are much better and more reliable than your 94 626. Interestingly enough, you would probably even "love" them more if you had the opportunity to own them.
Remember, love is blind.
#609 of 2547 Playing Devil's Advocate
Jun 20, 2001 (8:18 am)
Think of all the other cars out there that you could own that aren't near as fun to drive!
#610 of 2547 on the subject of the smelly A/C
Jun 20, 2001 (8:38 am)
Does the smell occur all the time, or only when the system is set in "re-circulate" mode. I have a '97 626, V-6. When I set the A/C in re-circulate, their is a bit of a smell, kind of like a damp or moldy smell. When I change to fresh air, the smell goes away.
I'm not sure what the cause is, just wondering if your situation is similar.