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#906 of 2547 how do i fix up a 1995 mazda 626 DX?
Feb 06, 2002 (1:30 am)
I am only going to be 20 years old this year and have had my '95 mazda 626 for over a year. At first, me and my wife were going to trade it in for a new car, but have now decided to "soup it up" and keep it until it dies on us. It currently has 137K's on it and we think it will last us another 100K if we keep good care of it. I really want to add power to it though because I am dying for a V-6 and need to increase this car's power to hold me over. What can I do to add horsepower? I really don't know much about cars, but I hear a lot about getting a "turbo kit". Does anyone know a website I can check out to see about getting a turbo kit or anything else I can do to give me a little more "get up and go". Thanks.
#907 of 2547 Mazda 626 DX
Feb 06, 2002 (11:14 am)
Before you waste your money hot rodding the 626 get it inspected by a good mechanic. Also check out www.probetalk.com It is a group of Ford Probe, Mazda MX6 and 626 owners who discuss all aspects of repair adn modification of these cars. Your 4 cylinder is equal to a basic Probe when you look at the site. Sign up and you can use the search feature. A turbo would cost at least $1500 and probably destroy your engine and or transmission at your mileage. Do some basic modern maintenance that is cost effective and will improve performance and longevity. a dealer is the best place to get these. First get an engine oil flush, an automatic transmission flush ( if you have an automatic), a fuel induction service also known as a carbon cleaning service. Get the cooling system flushed and the power steering system flushed. A new Hot Shot or PRM air intake will add a few horsepower and make it feel faster on the but-o-meter. So will installing synthetic oil and transmission fluid. Has the timing belt been replaced? YOu maty be almost ready or overdue for the second one. How about the clutch or automatic transmission, are they original? IF so, they will die soon. With that mileage do the maintenance listed and save your money for a new car in a few years. Or, for less than the cost of the improvements and required maintenance you could sell yours and buy a newer V6 model Mazda 626. That is what I would do, and I have a 94 MX6 V6 with many modifications,but only 75,000 miles. Do not become too attached to a car just because you happen to own it. They almost can all be replaced with something better.
Feb 11, 2002 (2:43 pm)
Darn. Bought a 626 a few months ago with the intent of 16 yr old daughter driving for a while.
Power steering quirky, so I started checking out
the boards for any maintenance issues with this
vehicle. ( Consumer reports likes the maintenance history of this model ). Imagine my sinking feeling when I read post after post of tranny problems with the 4 cyl. Car has only 27,500 miles on it at this time, should I sell ASAP?
I don't mind paying for regular maintenance, even beyond the suggested items, but the thought of a $2K tranny on a vehicle this new makes me queasy.
I bought import for her with expectations of trouble-free driving with the normal maintenance performed.
Would welcome any imput/hand-holding.
#909 of 2547 Billcoop -- Don't Panic
Feb 11, 2002 (4:17 pm)
The 626 is a great car, but the automatic transmission does need some care. My Mazda mechanic is a 20 year specialist for Mazda. He recommends the following Initially. Purchase 2 bottles of Lubegard Automatic Transmission Treatment from a NAPA store. Completely Flush out the existing transmission fluid. Drop the Tranny pan then replace the filter and clean out any existing filings on the magnet. Restore the transmission fluid mixed with Lubegard in the proper ratio.
After that a drain and fill with Lubegard should be done every 15,000 miles after that. If you wish to use synthentic that interval can be extended to 25-30k.
At 67K My son's 626 was starting to have difficulty shifting between first and second gears. We did the above treatment and everything worked fine a few days after the fluid was completely replaced.
Another good thing to do is install a good transmission cooler. My mechanic does that as a routine if a replacement transmission needs to be installed.
Newer vehicles don't have the same problems that cars built in the early to mid 1990s.
#910 of 2547 Improvements to the CD4E
Feb 11, 2002 (5:03 pm)
Obviously it's not bulletproof yet - there are still posts in here about failures on the New And Improved versions - but they've made some strides, and the most blatant design flaws have been engineered out. I still think the 2-3 shift is a little more ragged than it ought to be, and all the shifts are bumpy when it's cold (duh!), but by and large, it's become a respectable tranny, despite its lack of longevity awards.
Having said this, I must also say that on day 1096 of ownership, I will probably tack on that auxiliary cooler.
#911 of 2547 mrdetailer
Feb 11, 2002 (5:26 pm)
The late model 626 4cyl. transmisson does not have a bottom pan, or filter that can be serviced. Filter can only be changed on a teardown as it is internal, case must be split to access. Fluid can be drained and replaced with fresh though.The Ford sourced trans. has had design defects which until corrected , the most rigid maintenance schedule in the world will not help, nor will a cooler either. Ie: up until at least 1997 , there is a bad gasket flange which may not keep it's gasket in place. This allows the pressure to the lockup clutch to lower , under certain conditions the clutch slips ,this overheats the fluid very quickly causing it to boil and blow out the vent hole.You then get the blinking o/d light and vehicle goes into limp mode , if the trans is allowed to cool it usually will work normally until the next time but transmission is basically toast .This is but one problem, there are others.
#912 of 2547 Transmission Gone - Update
Feb 12, 2002 (9:23 am)
Got my 2001 626 back yesterday. They replaced the tranny. She claimed I was the first 2001 she had to replace, lucky me! Any how, all seems well. It seems to shift smoother than the old one did when it was new, or maybe I just think it does. I asked her what it would have cost me had the warranty been expired and she said the rebuild tranny would be $2500 and another $1000 labor, if anyone is interested.
#913 of 2547 Done with the 626
Feb 12, 2002 (11:13 am)
I posted on this thread back when we were having transmission problems.
After changing the transmission on warranty, and not really trusting the rebuilt replacement, we finally sold ours to Carmax. It was a 1998, LX, 4 cyl. auto. Got a good price and (I cannot believe I am saying this) we are getting a more reliable powertrain in a Buick.
How the screw turns. Ford/Mazda did not do themselves any favors by not improving this tranny. It is a great car but for that.
Good luck all.
Feb 12, 2002 (8:11 pm)
Back again. Thanks for the earlier help. Any help on this problem would be appreciated. A week ago ( concidentally day after an oil change at a franchise shop ), the power steering acts up. Mostly works fine, but occasionally no power boost, need forearms like Popeye to make the corner . . . next corner, power boost is back. Fluid level is marginally high, belt is fine, pulley is fine. Dealer rep says pump has a valve that may be sticking, parts guys says that pump doesn't have a valve. My usual mechanic wants to "start" by replacing pump and go from there.
Any help in finding a Mazda mechanic in the Fort Worth Texas area would be appreciated. Any input from owners experienced in this issue would also be appreciated.
Love to drive the car. . . need silver bullet to eliminate this issue so I can go back to dusting Camry's.
#915 of 2547 Sounds like a power steering pump to me.
Feb 12, 2002 (8:19 pm)
Had a similar experience in a Dodge. Replace it and make sure that you add Lubegard Power Steering Suppliment. Keeps temperatures lower, and reduces wear slightly.