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#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????
#690 of 2547 Who has which tranny?
Jul 25, 2001 (7:29 pm)
The Protegé through 1998 uses Mazda's F4A-EL. Later models use the NA4A-EL, which is related to Ford's 4F27E (in the Focus) but which is not built by Ford.
The Trib and the US B-series trucks have all-Ford powertrains.
The MPV has a Ford Duratec engine coupled to Mazda's GF4A-EL tranny. (No, I don't know why.)
I suspect anyone who swore by Japanese-built transmissions would swear something else after dealing with a couple of Mitsubishis.
#691 of 2547 1998 626 Tranny
Jul 26, 2001 (4:08 am)
I have a 1998 626 LX 4cyl.-auto. Shifting from park to reverse is rough and "sticky"(from park to drive is sitll "sticky" but not as bad), which makes the whole car shake. I took the car to the dealership and told them about this problem when the timing belt was replaced at 60k miles. They said this problem is caused by a "weak mount". To do a propper diagnostic it would take them 2-3 hrs of labor time, they didn't say this would include repair cost. The transmission has been shifting between gears O.K. (jerks between 0-20, and 20-40 in stop and go traffic), but will this "weak mount" problem become aggrevate over time. Has anyone else heard of this problem before? I really appreciate this site and all the useful info on it:)
Jul 26, 2001 (8:01 am)
It's perfectly plausible, and yes, it should get worse as the rubber bits in the mount gradually erode away.
#693 of 2547 Engine Light
Jul 27, 2001 (9:03 am)
I have a 97 626 DX and the engine light came on a few days ago. The car runs fine. I don't have a manual(lost it) so can anyone tell me what this could indicate. Post an answer or e-mail me morris31hotmail.com....Thanks
#694 of 2547 Standard CEL response
Jul 28, 2001 (9:17 am)
This indicates one thing and one thing only: the need to have these codes pulled by someone with an appropriate scan tool. I realize that most people would rather gargle with Grandma's lye soap rather than spend two hours (and two hours of labor charges) getting problems diagnosed, but it can't be helped. Either ignore it, or get it looked at. There is literally no way to know what has happened without those codes.
#695 of 2547 94 Mazda 626 Hard shifting from 1st gear to 2nd.
Jul 29, 2001 (10:14 am)
I recently purchased a 94 Mazda 626 ES with a V-6. I bought it from a 1 owner who didn't do good maintenance. The transmission shifts real hard from 1st to 2nd gear. Sometimes it will shift hard from 2nd to 3rd. Is this a sign of major transmission problems or with a little maintenance on my part, I can have this car shifting smoothly. I need help to get this car ready for my daughter who is returning to college this coming month.
Also the brakes have a loud squeal to them. What is the best maintenance for this?
Jul 29, 2001 (1:35 pm)
It's not necessarily a harbinger of doom, but the tranny fluid is probably a shade of charcoal grey that looks great in suits and lousy in sumps. Get that changed pronto. And be aware that any Mazda tranny (this is the GF4A-EL) is going to have fairly firm shifts; this is a conscious design decision.
Brake squeal is usually an indication of pad wear, in which case the fix is to replace the pads.
Jul 30, 2001 (8:40 am)
Of course codes will have to be pulled.
My son's 1997 had this problem. The air flow was listed as wrong. They replaced the Oxygen Sensors and it ran fine for about 3 weeks. It went on again with the same codes. This time we took it into a Mazda Specialist. They said that they regularly have a problem with the Mass Air Sensor located just behind the air filter. They cleaned it up for $35.00 bucks. If it acts up again, then we will have to get it replaced.
Those stupid sensors are expensive, but a necessary part of a very low emission vehicle.