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Mazda 626, Sedan
Feb 19, 2002 (7:39 pm)
i just bought a 1995 626 4 cyl auto trans couple of months ago. just recently i noticed that while parked in drive the idle is rough and when i accelerate the engine hesitates an almost dies but if i release the brake and allow the car to roll fwd a foot or so then step on the gas pedal it takes off fine. also during a trip i made last week the od/off light started blinking and has contiuned to this date also a light symbol looks like the shape of an engine came off and on during the trip this indicator light is located next to the high beam light indicator within the tachometer. i don't have a mazda manual so i don't know what this light is for. i would appreciate any help in order to fix these problems. thanks, john
#936 of 2547 Valve Ticking when cold
Feb 19, 2002 (9:31 pm)
They are probably close in quality but it probably wouldn't hurt to try a Mazda filter. Pure synthetic would get those lifters oiled up much faster in cold weather too. I had the opposite problem, mine would tick at idle if the outside temp was 90+.
I also ran lifter flush thru the engine for 10 min. before changing the oil each time to get any gunk out.
A lot of older MPV's have the ticking problem also. I've heard that keeping the oil changed every 3000 helps the ticking too, at least on the MPV's.
I only run synthetics because of the superior flow in cold weather. It cuts down on engine wear at startup.
#937 of 2547 Valve tick, etc
Feb 19, 2002 (11:23 pm)
The Mazda oil filter has a valve inside which holds oil pressure better, thus the lifters are lubricated faster when the engine is started.
Still running with original clutch on my 93 ES with 138k miles. Check engine light has been on intermittently due to oxygen sensor for the past 3 years, but still getting about 23 mpg mixed and close to 26 highway.
#938 of 2547 Mysterious dash lights
Feb 20, 2002 (5:09 pm)
Both O/D Off and Malfunction Indicator lights? Now that's fun; you've got both transmission and emissions issues.
Have the codes pulled, and you'll know from whom to request assistance: either MasterCard or St Jude.
#939 of 2547 '93 Mazda 626 ES
Feb 20, 2002 (5:26 pm)
jskho- Good to hear that you have138K on the original clutch. We are around 95K and going strong.
I had to have the spark plug wires replaced today as one had a cracked boot. Symptons were slight hesitation on acceleration. But the wires had been replaced at 65,000 miles by a Mazda dealer, they should not have had to be replaced again so soon. All my service work is being done by a local mechanic now. He told me if the wires had been replaced by him, they would have been covered under a lifetime warranty and replaced for free.
#940 of 2547 Spark plug wires
Feb 20, 2002 (8:37 pm)
Autozone wires work just as well, cost 1/3rd the price and have a lifetime warranty so you can take them back if they wear out. Lifetime brake pads are about 1/2 the cost of Mazda ones also. I never go the cheap way out on oil and filter, but these items IMHO are close enough in quality to the dealer stuff to not matter.
Feb 21, 2002 (3:03 am)
Not true. Read posts 440, 450, and 460 in Transmission Trauma topic.
#942 of 2547 Spark plug wires
Feb 21, 2002 (6:30 am)
That post was for a GM car and he didn't specify what brand of wires he used. I put a $24 autozone set on the 626 rather than a $80 set from the dealer and they gave me 30k miles before I took them back and got another set FREE (they were still fine but I decided to replace them because I was doing other maintenance). I have bought plug wires that were junk and didn't last but in this particular case I felt they were very close in quality. I just wanted to post my experience for anyone else out there who doesn't want to blow all of their money on plug wires.
I also looked at a set from Advance Auto Parts and didn't buy them because they looked too flimsy.
#943 of 2547 wobble problem
Feb 22, 2002 (3:31 pm)
I have a 1993 Mazda 626 LX( 77k miles). It shakes dramatically when it goes beyond 70mph. But it's Ok below 60mph. Is it alignment problem or anything else? The other problem is when I try to accelerate , the gas panel sometimes vibrates a lot and it won't speed up.I have to take my foot off . What should I do with these problems?
Feb 23, 2002 (6:33 am)
Well, the over 70 wobble could be as simple as a wheel out of balance or as costly as a bad wheel bearing. Really nothing to do with alignment.
The gas pedal vibrating is a new one on me.