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#33 of 74 Re: RX8 not starting [shady7]
Jun 07, 2009 (8:21 pm)
When you turn the key and you hear a clicking sound more than likely the battery is dead, try charging or replace the battery. But if everything works like the head lights and radio and you still hear the clicking sound then (it's possibly the starter?) (NOTE: If your gonna replace the battery you will have to take the car to a mechanic so they could re flash the computer.)
#34 of 74 Re: Drive It Like You Stole It For 200K Miles Plus [ksmigel]
Jun 07, 2009 (11:13 pm)
my name is Gary and i am about to purchase a used '04 RX8. i am getting scared though of all these customer reviews with all these horror stories about flooding engines and broken this and broken that and A/C not keeping the cabin cool enough. I just read your post about how you have to keep the car above 4000rpm most of the time. So, does this mean I have to drive the car fast all the time or can i just drive in lower gears? Because if I start getting a lot of speeding tickets my wife will kill me. LOL.
I only work 7 miles from home and it isn't a "fast" road. so i can't speed on it, plus cops are always patrolling the road. Any suggestions as to what i should do? I really want this car but I don't want it in the shop all the time like all these other idiots! LOL
So, again, would it be ok to ride it in lower gears for that higher RPM?
Also, is it true...you shouldn't turn the car on and then turn it right back off? you should let it warm up a bit? what about winters? is it hard to start if it has been sitting in my parking lot at work for 3-4 hours in 25 degree weather?
thank you for ANY advice you can give me!
if you want, you can email me at gsteinberghotmail.com with anything you have to offer for advice. i want to keep this car pristine!
#35 of 74 Re: RX8 not starting [freddyrx8]
Jun 08, 2009 (3:42 pm)
yes it your starter is you car is out of warrenty?
If you disconnect the battey and reinstall a new battery auto matic you computer will reset itself..and then out have to do thid
1) turn on the ingition turn your wheel clockwise all the way and then turn it counterclock wise and that should reset you steering
let me know okay
#36 of 74 Fix for Stalling
Jun 16, 2009 (9:16 am)
I have a 04 RX-8 - 72,000 miles and Mazda just replaced the engine. Got the car back and the car stalled every time you came to a stop once it warmed up.
Took Jeff Haas Mazda some time to trouble shoot, but here was the problem - the rubber hoses to the automatic transmission were weak and when they got hot, they would basically close up when coming to a halt and the torque converter would not have full pressure - the car would go from 800 RPM to 400 RPM because it was still trying to go a little and then die.
New hoses - problem solved. The way to trouble shoot according to the dealership was to watch the engine temperature and the transmission fluid temperature. Once the hose started to collapse - the transmission got hotter - and when you stopped, the fluid did not go through the lines as it should - causing the engine to labor and then quit.
Mazda covered all of the repairs under warranty - at least for this situation right after a new engine.
Hope this helps others!
Jun 27, 2009 (11:42 pm)
ok get this i have a 04 AT 8 it was parked in the morning went to leave later that night and it wont start all the lights and radio work, tried jumping it nothing still motor turnes when trying to start but it seems like theres either no spark or maybe no fuel, but it has a full tank of gas plus i checked and replaced almost all the fuses get back at me if you know whats up
#39 of 74 Re: not starting [sparkthenitro]
Jun 28, 2009 (7:20 pm)
Try and check your ignition coils thats most time the problem they will go first before the plugs and wires
#40 of 74 Re: RX8 not starting [jjerryva20]
Jun 28, 2009 (7:29 pm)
Thanks i all ready knew about turning the wheel clockwise then counter clock wise and you have to turn the car off then back on again to get the DSC light to go off but when i disconnected the battery and reconnected it the idol went very low when i took it to the dealer they said they re flashed the computer to get the idol back to normal. I find that hard to believe but thats what the dealer said. Thanks again for your advise.
#41 of 74 Re: RX8 Will Not Start [mmonterosa]
Jun 29, 2009 (1:58 pm)
Did your motor ever "flutter" or vibrate real hard prior to this? Mine did the same thing randomly . . . if it did, I hope its under warrenty, because you need a new motor. Sorry.
#42 of 74 04 problems galore....Engine failure
Jun 29, 2009 (9:36 pm)
Ok. I bought a used 04 with 54,000. It is beautiful, silver, GT with all the bells and whistles. It had a vibration above 50, so they said that I needed to replace motor mounts and rear drive shaft. After much screaming...the dealership replaced them. No charge,,,2 weeks down time, still has the same exact vibration. Now, last Sat. it lost power on the freeway, bogged down, and sounded horrible. Had it towed to dealership. They informed me today that I needed new ignition coils, wasn't sparking properly,and air filter was "really" dirty. (bought this car 4 months ago FROM dealership). After agreeing to pay $330 to fix these problems, I get the next call that I need a new engine. Which they will cover since its under Mazda warrenty. But what else should I ask them to check before I accept it? The converter? Hoses? What else goes out with this problem...and why? Any guidance would be apreiciated! Thanks