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  • Debbie
    Debbie - 1997 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 10/3/2014
    Blinker switch turns off back lights when putting on headlights.
    Blinker also does not show on the dash and shuts off dash lights too. However I hear and see outside the blinker. At one time when I wiggled the blinker it did show on the dash, not anymore.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 8/2/2014
    What is the spark plug gap?
    should i use platinum tip plugs?
     
    • CVO
      8/2/2014 CVO
      Platinum or Iridium tip plug will work.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Mazda 6 - Preventive Maintenance - 7/23/2014
    Quote and maintenance
    my car is 2010 Mazda 6 i 4 Cyl 2.5L. i'd like to get a quote for power steering fluid flush and refill, but couldn't find it in the options. Also, is a $600 60,000 mile maintenance at the dealer worth it? Thank you
     
    • Jimm
      7/23/2014 Jimm
      Not sure of the 'worth' for the 60k maintenance service - what does this service include?

      There are many items that can be performed very inexpensively by the vehicle owner - by following the steps in the owners manual, and using the various service websites, such as the AutoMD and 'How-To-Guides'.

      To obtain a repair quote, use the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Mazda 3 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/23/2014
    Jump started car after it being dead for a day
    Got a jump drove around and let it run for an hour the car seems fine now. But, now when I take the keys out and open the door the car makes the door open sound except it's a long tone. And now also my Km/ distance shows in the dashboard for about 15 minutes. It's ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mazda MPV - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2014
    My van is making a loud grinding noise when in Park and in neutral.
    It also has smoke coming from ignition, and if key is in ignition and just set to on it seems like it's trying to start on its own. Noise not when in reverse or drive.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Mazda MPV - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2014
    My van is making a loud grinding noise when in Park and in neutral.
    It also has smoke coming from ignition, and if key is in ignition and just set to on it seems like it's trying to start on its own. Noise not when in reverse or drive.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Mazda Protege - Preventive Maintenance - 6/12/2014
    I have a 2002 Mazda Protege. The fan for my A/C will blow when I turn it on. When I push the A/C button it should light
    I also shook the inside of the panel once and the A/C light came one then I bumped the panel and the light went off
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Mazda B2200 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/9/2014
    I need to how and where to grease the under parts of my truck
    Excellerating through 3rd and into 4th gear there's a noise coming from the rear of the truck sounds like that squawk sound a 10 speed bicycle makes sometimes when the brakes are applied. The truck sat for a while before I bought it so I'm hoping it just needs a ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      I'm assuming this is an automatic transmission. There is very little you can do, grease wise.
      However the slipping 3-4 shift may be because of a low transmission fluid level. Check fluid
      level with engine running. If problem continues you probably have a more serious transmission
      problem. The noise you hear when braking can be caused by rust on the rotors or drums. This
      will go away on its' own.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Mazda B2200 - Preventive Maintenance - 6/6/2014
    I need to how and where to grease the under parts of my truck
    Excellerating through 3rd and into 4th gear there's a noise coming from the rear of the truck sounds like that squawk sound a 10 speed bicycle makes sometimes when the brakes are applied. The truck sat for a while before I bought it so I'm hoping it just needs a ...
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 5/27/2014
    I have exhuast smell inside my car
    I had a tune up and catalysys converter replaced
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/27/2014 GT500Knights
      Get this fixed ASAP. Carbon monoxide is odorless and poisonous. Most likely an exhaust leak somewhere near the engine or before the cat. If it wasn't installed correctly, maybe welded on poorly, it'll also affect emissions.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Mazda Tribute - Preventive Maintenance - 4/8/2014
    Car sometimes wont start, power on
    Hi have a question regarding a mazda tribute luxury 2004 model (auto) Sometimes (not always) the car won't start. I cranks to turn over but wont catch. The weird thing is i can try to start it 10 times and it will do the same thing but if i just pull the key out ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Mazda 6 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/26/2014
    Car has trouble starting after driving 20mins or longer ,starts after sitting for 15mins or so
    initialy, a few weeks ago(heavy rain) check engine light came on while driving, engine was hesitating on exceleration. I disconnected and reconnected the battery, this fixed the problem.a couple of weeks later the same thing happened again,with the same outcome. ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2014 HouseCallAuto
      There are codes stored and disconnecting the battery did not fix anything. The cause of why the light illuminated in the first place was not caused by an air filter that you replaced nor cleaning the battery terminals. You need to plug in a code reader and read codes. You can obtain a code reader for about $20 from amazon and yoiu can read the codes yourself in two minutes with no expertience needed.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/13/2014
    Belt put on too tight
    Got a new belt put on and was put on too tight. was driving and evertime I stept on the gas made a whistle noise. then stopped running and was smoking from engine. If i loosen the belt will it work fine.
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      First question - which belt are you referring to? Is this the a/c and power steering belt? Is this the water pump and alternator belt?
      Each belt has a particular length requirement - make sure the belt overall length is correct for the application.
      For example, the belt number lists the belt length in millimeters - the alternator water pump belt is '365' meaning 365 mm in length. The power steering and air conditioning belt is 470.
      Jimm
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      I have no Idea. Its not the smaller belt.
      Jimm
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      I dont know anything about cars
      Jimm
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      My car was fine till we changed the belt
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      OK - just raise the hood and observe which belt is the problem. The power steering / air conditioning belt would be the belt routed from the power steering pump and a/c compressor.
      The other belt is routed from the water pump (center of the engine) to the alternator. Need to know - first of all which belt is the one in question.
      The next step would be to read the affected belt size - stamped / labelled on the belt itself. Remember, the size in millimeters is someplace in the belt part number. You will have to identify and know which belt is too tight and the belt size - in order to know what to do next.
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      Here are some websites to download copy the Mazda 626 repair manual -

      www.4shared.com/web/preview/doc/zp8EAlfd.
      Or...
      mazda-pdf.blogspot.com/2013/11/mazda-626-1999-service-manual-repair.html

      The manual will help you determine the specific drive belt, belt routing and any other issues in concern.
      Jimm
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      thank You
    • John's Auto Repair
      3/13/2014 John's Auto Repair
      If the timing belt was over adjusted, then the belt cords have been stretched. Meaning replace
      the belt or it will make noise.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Mazda 626 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/7/2014
    Belt put on too tight
    Got a new belt put on and was put on too tight. was driving and evertime I stept on the gas made a whistle noise. then stopped running and was smoking from engine. If i loosen the belt will it work fine.
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      First question - which belt are you referring to? Is this the a/c and power steering belt? Is this the water pump and alternator belt?
      Each belt has a particular length requirement - make sure the belt overall length is correct for the application.
      For example, the belt number lists the belt length in millimeters - the alternator water pump belt is '365' meaning 365 mm in length. The power steering and air conditioning belt is 470.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Mazda 6 - Preventive Maintenance - 2/14/2014
    In cabin filter for ac unit. mazda 6 2006
    how is the best way to replace your self