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#680 of 2547 Transmission Gasket
Jul 19, 2001 (3:46 pm)
I just purchased a 1990 Mazda 626 DX Sedan with 103,000 miles a few months ago for $2300.00. (Too high?) My mechanic (whom I purchased the car from) put in a used transmission (30,000 miles on it)- which is still under warranty. I also purchased all new engine mounts for the car as well (almost $500 bucks).
Besides the check engine light always on (which my mechanic said it's "nothing to worry about") and the shaking that happens when my car's in drive (but not in park) my question has to do with a transmission gasket that I recently learned from Jiffy Lube, that's leaking...
Is the trans. gasket part of the actual transmission? Or is that something I'll have to pay extra for? And if so, how much?
Appreciate the help,
#681 of 2547 Transmission Gasket
Jul 19, 2001 (5:26 pm)
Let's discuss Jiffy lube and leaks. When I take my cars in for oil changes I always get the comment from Jiffy Lube that I have oil leaks. the last time was after I first put in synthetic. Normally I put in 3 quarts of conventional oil in 6,000 miles, but with synthetic it consumed only a quart.
They always notify you of leaks no matter how slight. Sometimes they are not serious.
Another time, they discovered a major oil leak from my valve covers that I hadn't noticed before. Oil levels had dropped a quart in 3 weeks. I got the gasket replaced and it stopped.
Did Jiffy report that your Tranny fluid levels were low? If they didn't it might be a slight leak. Put a piece of cardboard under the tranny overnight and see if there is some dripping. It it's serious take it in.
I would also take it in in a week to have the level checked again. If it is normal then check it once a month.
It is a part of the transmission? It might as well be. A normal service on most transmissions requires removal and replacement of the gasket. If it leaks and causes significant loss of fluid it will ruin the transmission.
Jul 20, 2001 (6:18 am)
when is the last time it had a tune-up?
could be a weak spark.
Josie5 - you bought it from a mechanic? I would say there should be nothing wrong with it. If there is, take it back to him/her and tell them to fix it.
#683 of 2547 Transmission Gasket
Jul 20, 2001 (7:21 am)
Thanks for the advice
#684 of 2547 piece of junk wont start
Jul 21, 2001 (11:36 am)
I have a 93 626 that i purchased used. It is an ES model with a 2.5 V6. It has plenty of power and is quite fun to drive. The automatic transmission shifts very hard, and when it is cold when you first crank it up it will eat second gear up. It had pretty high mileage but every thing seemed fine except for the AC not working. But one week after i bought i had to replac a front axle, and about two weeks later i had to put another one in on the other side. And now a few months later the damn thing wont start. It wasnt getting fire to the distributor cap so i replaced the coil. But now it still wont start and still isnt getting any fire. I have no idea what the problem is so if anyone knows or has any idea what the problem is please let me know. And if your thinking about buying a 626 dont. If youve got the money get a camry, there more expensive but well worth it.
#685 of 2547 "piece of junk"?
Jul 21, 2001 (2:16 pm)
You mention that you bought this vehicle used....how used? Did you know the history of the car before you bought? Is it possible that the previous owner didn't maintain it properly?
It's a shame you're having problems, but that is not necessarily grounds to condemn the entire 626 line. I happen to have a 97 with the V-6, and it has been virtually flawless. I looked at the Camry at the time I bought this car, but found the Toyota to be far too expensive with the V-6, as well as being really boring to look at and drive.
To each his own.......
As for recommendations on how to fix your problem, I'd consult a qualified technician. You might end up spending more swapping out parts on your own than you would having someone familiar with the car diagnosing the problem.
#686 of 2547 "piece of junk"?
Jul 21, 2001 (6:13 pm)
My '93 ES V6 626 is doing fairly well. It is a 5 spd and terriffic fun to drive. After 80,000 miles it has had some problems but on balance it has not been too bad and seems quite reliable. I did have a problem at around 60,000 miles when I had to replace the distributor. As I recall the symptons were that absolutely nothing happened when the ignition key was turned. Unfortunately the distributor was quite expensive to replace although I understand that rebuilds are now available.
How many miles on your car? Has the timing belt been changed?
#687 of 2547 1993 Mazda Junk?
Jul 22, 2001 (10:37 am)
Naah!, it's just older. Things wear out and have to be replaced. On the bright side I've found steering components to be much cheaper than on my Subaru. I'm surprized your mechanic didn't recommend replacement of both axles at the same time. These along with tie rod ends, struts and strut mounts are best replaced in pairs. My wife slid on ice, and we have had to replace several steering components. Insurance paid for the wrecked side, but I had to pay for the undamaged side. The parts at 115k were showing wear anyway.
If your regular mechanic can't find the starting problem, find an automotive electric specialist. They can diagnose and repair difficult things like this better.
Put 150 miles on the Mazda just yesterday. Just as much fun to drive as the first day I got it.
#688 of 2547 1998 Mazda 626 Tranny problems
Jul 23, 2001 (10:58 am)
Hello, I own a 1998 626. My automatic transmission failed at 51135 miles. I've purchased the car in 99 w/20,000 mi. Ford makes the autotrans. Knowing this I changed the fluid(easy to do) every 10000 mi. but it still failed!
1000 mi past warranty just my luck right. anyway,
this is what happened first the tranny started to shift real hard(like a shift kit) then the check engine light came on. this happened on the freeway. I got off the next exit.checked all fluids checked good.when I exited the parking lot
I noticed the car was taking off in 2nd gear not 1st. The Dealer wanted to charge me customer pay.
I complained to the Service manager and got it fixed under warranty thank god. this tranny is not cheap try $2700.. I talked to the mechanic and he told me the Protoge, Pick ups, SUV, Minivan
have Ford trannys. The Miata and Millinea have
Japan made tranmissions. My confidence in my car has been rattled. good luck to my fellow mazda owners.
#689 of 2547 Plug wires pop up on '93 626 LX
Jul 24, 2001 (7:45 am)
I've got a '93 626 LX 4-cyl with about 170,000 miles on it. I'm quite happy with it and have had very few problems. However, just last week 2 of the plug wires started popping out of the 'silos' in the valve cover. They are hard to re-seat. It feels like air is compressing under the boots. When they pop up the plug wire is still gripping the plug, but the boot pops up, so the wire starts arcing to the valve cover causing rough idle and very sluggish performance. The entire set of plug wires was replaced a few months ago. How do I get the plug boots to stay on????