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Mazda 626, Sedan
Sep 01, 2001 (6:31 pm)
We have a 1996 4-cylinder Mazda 626 (78,000 miles) with no previous problems.
Yesterday it drove fine. Today it won't start, even with jumper cables. When the ignition is turned on, there is no sound. The only thing that works are the headlights--no radio, no interior lights, etc.
I did leave the key in the ignition last night, and I may have left it turned partially on (to close the windows).
Any diagnosis or thoughts? We are perplexed by not being able to jump start it at all.
#755 of 2544 Your battery might be dead.
Sep 02, 2001 (5:37 pm)
Get a plug in battery charger for a few dollars and plug it in for the night. It will let you know whether the battery is holding a charge.
Auto Wreckers often have special booster cables that are much stronger than an ordinary car jump. If it does start with this, then you will need to use a battery charger to charge a long term charge. Alternators don't fully recharge.
#756 of 2544 car still won't start
Sep 06, 2001 (4:53 am)
Overnight charge didn't work. Car was towed. Garage has been spending many hours trying to find out what is wrong. Any thoughts that might help them?
#757 of 2544 Look in the fuse box
Sep 06, 2001 (4:22 pm)
Something is interrupting the power to that circuit only, so my first thought is to check the appropriate fuse.
#758 of 2544 many things
Sep 06, 2001 (6:48 pm)
There are too many things that could cause this. Window is right about the fuse. I'm thinking that a wire to the starter could have come off or gone bad. It could be the starter itself, although it usually would make some sort of noise. It also could even be the ignition switch itself. The list goes on and on.
#759 of 2544 93 626 dx 4 sp atx...bummer
Sep 10, 2001 (6:25 pm)
i have the aforementioned vehicle and recently the atx has a problem it only has 120k highway miles on it but it now has a distinct rattling in the tranny while idling....i've been told my bands are lose and only hope is a rebuild....but i have found it's cheaper to replace here in texas, than it is to rebuild. does anyone have advice on what i should look for in a tranny. i found a place in houston that grabs the rejects of japanese inspection and sells them "low mileage used". they gave me a quote of $995. whadda ya think
#760 of 2544 626 Tranny woes.
Sep 10, 2001 (10:34 pm)
Hello, I own a 1998lx 626 2.0l 4cyl. auto Transission. This Ford unit failed at 53K miles.
I changed the fliud by dropping the drain plug every other oil change. Easy to do and cheap about 3.50 a change 3.5 qts.
owned the car since 1999. Paid 13k for the car w/12k miles. Seemed to be a good buy..the car handles well and has a spacious interior and trunk. Dash looks Quality..and it was 3k cheaper than a Camry and 5k cheaper than the Accord.
Mazda went 50/50 on the repairs still came out to $1650. Totally unacceptable. It looks like I'm married to this car. I checked the used market
and one can be had for $7500. Not a good resale value. I wonder if the word is out on dealership trade-ins to avoid this Car. My Plan is to install Transmisson cooler and change the dog out of the fluid. What else can I do?
#761 of 2544 Buying a used GF4A-EL
Sep 11, 2001 (7:25 am)
The most important thing, I think, is to make sure you get a box for the '93. A later tranny might work; '92 and before will not work. (For 1993, the transmission was switched to complete computer control; there isn't even a throttle cable.) I have no experience with, um, slight irregulars, but if the seller is willing to back the product, go for it.
#762 of 2544 Living with the CD4E
Sep 11, 2001 (7:42 am)
Drain and refill is nice so far as it goes, but it doesn't go much of anywhere with the CD4E with its internal filter; this is a tranny that really needs to be power-flushed on a regular basis. (I follow a 2-year/24k schedule myself.) Adding the cooler will likely help, since the earliest units tended to run hot. Transmissions remanufactured by Mazda (which are now actually remanufactured by Delco Remy, which bought Mazda's Jacksonville tranny facility) are supposed to have the most recent incremental improvements, but you never know exactly how old the replacement unit is - and there was a running change halfway through model year 1998 - so I can appreciate a certain level of wariness.
#763 of 2544 99 mazda 626 LX V6 Air Filter Change.. How??
Sep 11, 2001 (9:16 pm)
I know this may sound silly, and perhaps/probably I am missing something... Does anyone know how to remove the air filter on the 99 626 v6?? I checked the owners manual and it simply says to remove the clamps.. I see only one clamp (RT Front of Air box as you face the car) and that won't help open the box by itself... What am I missing here???
Thanks.. I have changed air filters before:)