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Mazda 626 Troubles



  • godfather2godfather2 Posts: 13
    My girlfriend has a 94 626 LX/V6 with a bad dashboard vibration during low gear/high torque driving. Does anyone know what would cause such bad vibes in the dash or is this just a normal "wear and tear issue" for a seven year old Mazda?
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    Something's loose up there, and it's hitting its resonance frequency at some specific RPM. You're going to have to keep this thing rattling long enough to find exactly which part is not snugly attached to all the others. Most of these parts fasten with screws that are semi-cunningly hidden, so it may take a while to isolate the offender.
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
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  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    There are any number of people on Town Hall with more automotive smarts than I. I do a pretty fair job of slapping words down and hoping they sort themselves into a sentence, but then I seem to write more than most people.

    Anyway, it's my face and I'll blush if I want to.

  • godfather2godfather2 Posts: 13
    I figured something out on my girlfriend's 94 626 regarding the dashboard rattle: It only does it when the car has been sitting awhile (like overnight), and the car is cold. But later on in the day, when the car has warmed up a bit, the rattling stops. What would cause such weird behavior?
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    Same thing happened to me on my 1999 VW Passat, when it was cold the dash rattled, later when it warmed up it disappeard. This did not happen in the summer months. Expanding and contracting I guess. I now have a 2001 Mazda 626 v6, windows creat that is about it. Also regular and mid grade gas seem okay but best performance, no hesitation, is with premium. Anyone else have their 2 cents regarding gas and the 6 cylinder.
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    While some plastics are immune, most stuff tends to expand when heated and to contract when cooled. This suggests some adhesive somewhere in the dash is failing to fill its assigned space, and when it shrinks, there's a gap between parts that's just asking to rattle.

    On my old Toyota, when the dash started to rattle, I could usually fix the problem by turning panel screws until I hit the right one. Present-day dashboards are mostly bereft of visible fasteners, but there's a screw or two hiding somewhere, and a slight turn might make a substantial difference in the noise levels.
  • ian18ian18 Posts: 133
    With my wife's '93 Mazda 626 ES V-6, it seems to idle a little rough at times if anything except the high octance grade is used. I believe that 91 octane is recommended in the owner's manual, it was a bummer when the gas stations downgraded their mid-grade from 91 to 89. Now we have to use the very expensive premium.

    By the way, the vehicle has 85,000 miles on it and is doing pretty well. Timing belt, distributor, cooling water pump, A/C compressor and lots of brake work have been done. Also put in a Mazda OEM CD deck.
  • grizzlegrizzle Posts: 2
    I have a 94 626 with 370,000 miles on it. No major repairs, same alternator, etc. She burns a quart every other week. ( not smoking either) Manual tarns.
    I know that 2002 model year will find me with a new 626, but this is my 3rd Mazda with a manual tarns, and I am really nervous about an automatic. I have never owned a car with an auto tarns. Knee surgery is "encouraging" me to go that way, but after reading some of these messages.... any thoughts on the ewer 626 auto tarns?
  • godfather2godfather2 Posts: 13
    370,000 miles and never had to replace the thermostat, distributor, struts, calipers, cv joints, timing belt, water pump, or .02 sensor? It almost sounds impossible...(Or do you not consider these as major repairs?)
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    The only one of those I'd consider major would be the distributor, which really isn't supposed to be a wear item. (And I suspect he considers the timing belt/water pump combo to be a single maintenance unit.)

    What usually causes CV joints to fail is cracking and splitting of the rubber boots; this is a common occurrence, but hardly an inevitable one, and rebuilt axles are cheap.
  • grizzlegrizzle Posts: 2
    The only repairs I have had have been wheel bearings. The timing belt, and brake pads I considered maintenance since the manual instructs to replace the belt every 60,000 miles, and you know when the brake pads need replacing.
    Any feedback on the automatic transmission for the 2001?
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    I'm not to impressed with the tires that come on the 16 inch alloys. They are 205 or 215-55. Maybe Bridgestone I think Not to good in rainy weather, had a little hydroing yesterday. In my one time in the snow they also were not very impressive. Any suggestions
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    My LX has Bridgestone Turanzas in P205/60R15, and they performed like champs during our snowy season, though they're only average, I'd say, dealing with mere rain.
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    Mazda has never had an automatic I'd consider bulletproof, but the LA4A-EL (the transmission Fordishly known as CD4E) has come a long way since its Bad Old Days in the middle 90s, though I don't think I'll ever see one last 200k miles.
  • Hi Fellow Mazda Drivers:
    The CEL was coming on/off so I took it to the dealer..pulled up a code of 181. and the dealer told me that MAF sensor needs to be changed.
    so I took my car to a nearby Auto Service center and got the MAF sensor changed. It cost me around 225 $. But even now the MAF sensor is coming up sometimes although less often.
    FYI, I have a 1994 Mazda 626 LX V4,auto, 93000 miles

    Do u guys think that 02 Sensors have gone bad as well. Please advise.

  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    I mean, oxygen sensors can and do go bad on these cars, but they don't generate the same codes in the CEL. You'll need to have the new code pulled to see what's up.
  • sugarmagsugarmag Posts: 10
    I trashed ( and I mean trashed ) the stock Bridgestones on my 99 ES-V6 at 17000 miles, they were garbage. I stayed w/ the same size but switched to Yokohamas like my MX-6 had, & am quite pleased. I haven't made them chirp once, & they have good traction in the rain too. I got the AVID V4. Those Bridgestones also hydroplanned all over the place. I got the Yokos off of Tire Rack & had them shipped to the dealer - saved me tones of $$. Do yourself a favor & get those pieces of crap off your car.
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    ....they won't last much longer anyway. :)

    I'll keep the Yokos in mind.
  • c1wslc1wsl Posts: 1
    on my 95 626 (70,000 miles) comes on when I rev higher than 2800 rpm. Performance does not seem to be affected. Could it be the O2 sensor or would bag plug wires or rotor cap be causing it? Is it an expensive fix?

    I'm a novice and aside from a basic automotives course in college, don't know much. Please excuse my ignorance. Thank you.
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