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#1835 of 2044 1998 v4 626 with 82,000 and imminent tranny die
Mar 06, 2005 (3:23 pm)
My Mazda OD light started blinking yesterday and the car bucked for about 100 miles. I took it up to Canada, hoping I can find a cheaper way to replace the tranny, since I'm sure that's the problem (and knew this car has that guaranteed problem). Any suggestions for the best way to go in Vancouver, CA? What to avoid? I've heard that they never work well after you replace them (even though it's never been great as is).
The light stopped blinking after the border crossing, but I'm not assuming it got fixed, but just that I'll be able to get it at least to a repair job instead of a tow.
#1837 of 2044 car cuts off when in reverse
Mar 17, 2005 (3:43 pm)
Can someone please tell why my mazda 626 lx 1995 cuts off when i put it in reverse. The mechanic said something about low compression in the engine. I started having this problem when one the car ran hot and shut off on me. I had the water pump, timing belt, and head gasket changed.
what is the problem i've read alot of horror stories on line.
#1838 of 2044 Re: car cuts off when in reverse [stuckwith626]
Mar 19, 2005 (7:22 pm)
Did somebody change the timing belt recently? An improperly installed timing belt could possibly cause stalling when the car is put in gear, however, it would tend to do so even if put in drive. (I have seen this happen with a loose timing chain on a Chevy truck).
Improperly instlaled timing belt will cause low compression because some vavles may be partially open when they need to be closed.
#1839 of 2044 Re: car cuts off when in reverse [p100]
Mar 20, 2005 (7:12 am)
Yes the timing belt was replaced so was the water pump,head gaket,and radiator flushed. But the problem persists and he says now something about some rings might be messed up. Also he says the check engine light is not coming on anymore.
#1841 of 2044 why the check engine light comes on?
Mar 28, 2005 (8:46 pm)
I just bought a 1996 mazda 626 and it has some problems or it might have some problems.
The check engine light always come on and I don't really know why. Maybe some of you guys can tell me what could be the cause or what kind of problems can i be looking for in my car.
Also there is a sound that i here in the transmission box when i press the brakes.
#1842 of 2044 626 Rear Sway bar link set bolts frozen
Apr 02, 2005 (11:56 am)
I backed up against a rock after sliding off the road and snapped the sway bar links.
Looked simple enough to replace so I got the parts. Now I've spent the last 2 hours trying to remove the old sets. I got one upper off but the other three are frozen.
the other upper i can turn with a visegrip -- but can't get the allen/vise combination to loosen.
the lowers I can't seem to get steady enough leverage because the bar itself wants to move.
I've had the bolts wd40'd for 2 hours now. I've tap, tap, tapped until my ears hurt and wire brushed the threads to clean them. Still no luck.
Anybody have any suggestions? Is there a dremel attachement that'll cut nuts and bolts?
thank you all
Apr 02, 2005 (6:28 pm)
can anyone tell me if it is common procedure to have a cylinder head shaved when replacing a head gasket. This mechanic put on a new head gasket only and there is water in the first 3 cylinders and only like 16 pounds of pressure. I have a mazda 626 1995 2.0 engine
Apr 05, 2005 (1:30 pm)
It depends on if the head was warped from overheating of it the gasket surface was rough. In those cases, it's common to shave the cylinder head in order to get a smooth straight mating surface. If the gasket surface isn't straight and smooth, it will leak and cause problems. Sounds like your mechanic didn't take the time to properly check for this.