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battery tested fine, car won't start
One way to diagnose this is to use a voltmeter to check for battery voltage at the starter motor when the key is held in the "start" position. If there is power to the starter motor, and yet it doesn't...
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Engine shakes at idle, burning smell, only in cold temperatures
Hi there. The vibration could be the engine mounts loose on your engine or transmission. The engine knocking noise could be the engine pinging as there is not enough fuel to burn and the cylinders are colder than normal. This...
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Why does my car vibrate when idle?
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or failing idle air control valve causing your engine idle to fluctuate and eventually stall. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that...
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Water leaking inside roof top by driver side, by rearview mirror and above passenger visor.. Only when rains no sunroof. 97 Mazda
Hi there. If your vehicle is equipped with a soft top or it's a convertible then the seal that connects the top to the cab front base may be split or has a tear in it. Remove the top cover...
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Horrible screeching sound front right tire. Already changed the brakes what else could it be?
Hi Austin. Thanks for contacting us tonight. The type of symptom you are describing is common with a wheel bearing that has lost lubricity and need to be replaced. Wheel bearings are like brake pads - as they are often...
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I just changed my brakes cause I heard a horrible rubbing sound like metal on metal. And it's still there. It's bad.
Hopefully, you had the rotor(s) re-surfaced, or replaced, when you installed new brake pads. So long as the only thing rubbing on the rotors are new brake pads, the brakes are not the source of the noise. There could be...
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Car is not running properly. The motor shakes and the ac doesn't work. Loud screeching noises from the front right tire.
Hi Austin. Thanks for contacting us tonight. We'd be more than happy to help you diagnose and repair the issues your Mazda is having. Simply click this link to set up an onsite inspection and one of our sales and...
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Why does my car shut off after driving it for a while?it wont start back up until it cools down even though its not overheating
This may be a sign of a faulty ignition coil. Ignition coils are coated with a varnish-like insulation that becomes brittle over time after being stretched then contracted repeatedly. The insulation develops small fractures that open when heated and close...
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Reverse gear wont work but other gears work.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Losing reverse can happen for a wide number of reasons. To simplify things, start with a full inspection. This will include checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid. If it is low...
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I tried to recharge my AC and whenever I put the gage in it says 0 I start to recharge it and gage fluctuates and car makes noise
Hi there. It is more than likely that you have either an AC refrigerant leak or that the compressor is damaged. The leak can be caused by damaged low or high pressure hoses, connections or other components that might be...
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The car has been sitting up for 15yr and jerks very hard after switching gears. It takes 30min to go 20mph.
This is often a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...
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Charging system warning light.
Hi There, As you know, the alternator charges your battery and relies on engine RPM's to generate more voltage to the system as needed such as when accessories or lights are turned on, which draw down the electrical system. As...
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1999 mazda 626 has no fuel and no spark
It sounds like you may have an issue related to power getting to both the ignition system and the fuel system. I would suggest checking to make sure there is power running to the ignition module and the fuel pump...
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Cars not over heating but Coolant coming out resivoir after being ran and cars turned off
I can think of a couple of things that could be going on. Firstly, there could be a restriction in the cooling system causing a pressure increase. The effect would be that the coolant rushes to the weakest point in...
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Misfire in cylinder one
Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems and are generally caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in some cases, a combination of both. Spark related problems generally will result from things like ignition coils, crankshaft...
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After driving my car will start no problem, but if it sits fir 8_10 hrs batter is dead. Battery is good,alternator is charging .
The first thing is to never disconnect the battery with the engine running or you may damage computer or charging system due to overcharge condition. If your battery is going dead after sitting for longer than 6 hours then you...
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I have a 1999 Mazda 626 and when my car is at a red light the car rumbles only with the A/C on. I want to know what the problem may be?
Hello. When the AC is on it puts more of a load on the engine. At idle the engine will have some trouble maintaining a smooth idle when the AC is on due to the extra load. Typically the computer...
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My brake lights will not come on. I replaces the fuse, bulbs, and the switch - still nothing. 2001 Mazda 626
Hi there - it is still possible that the brake light switch has to be adjusted, or that there is a problem with the wiring to the brake lights. You have certainly done a great job attacking all the logical...
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99 Mazda 626 not starting. Makes a sounds like a lighter flicking and that's it. 1999 Mazda 626
Hi there - first task is to extract any problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is on or not. Check for good battery and ground connection on the main battery cables and engine ground straps. A bad connection can...
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When I turn my car on it bogs down off and on but when I turn my ac on it will keep doing it worse and then the car starts shaking
There are a number of things that may cause the engine to bog down as you describe. The reason this appears to be worse when the AC is on is that the AC compressor requires a bit more power from...

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