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Mazda 626, Sedan
#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.
#916 of 2547 My experience with 626 transmission
Feb 14, 2002 (5:42 pm)
A couple years ago my '95 626 started having transmission problems -- randomly shifting between 2nd and 4th gears and blinking OD light. I read tons of posts from people with similar symptoms who had to get the transmission replaced. I thought I was in the same boat. A long story short, turned out the range sensor was dead. Had it replaced for $180 (only $30 for part) and the tranny has been fine ever since. I also found that it helps to have the transmission fluids flushed completely. Since the flush, the car shifts much more smoothly.
So make sure to check the range sensor before putting in a new transmission.
#917 of 2547 Don't kid yourself, Mazda 4 cyl Transmissions Suck!
Feb 14, 2002 (7:05 pm)
Just like everyone else here that bought a 4 cyl 626, I had to replace the tranny (89k). I had mine flushed and it blew about a week later. I later found out that it is a bad idea to flush a transmission with high mileage that has never been flushed before. The new clean fluid loosens up all of the gunk that was holding the piece of junk together in the first place.
Don't kid yourself into believing that Ford has made improvements on this hopeless joke of a tranny. Its an unreliable piece of junk that should have never been put into ANY car! Shame on you Ford AND Mazda. Even with the ticking lifters, I still liked the rest of the car but alas, 0% financing hooked me in and now someone else is driving my old 626 and I am sporting around in a new Rodeo. Its the 3rd trouble free Isuzu that I've owned. I will never, ever buy a Mazda or Ford again! Remember what Ford stands for:
Found On Road Dead
Fix Or Repair Daily
Feb 14, 2002 (7:10 pm)
Don't forget those poor people who are driving around the Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute time bombs. Here's hoping a CD4E that can't pull a little Mazda can pull a sport utility vehicle! Better hang on to that Auto Club membership! You're gonna need it!