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Hello, Since buying my mazda 323f 1.8 sport (year 2000 model, I keep experiencing an intermittent fault with firing. When I first bought the car and a day or two after filling the fuel tank, I would start the car only to find the engine firing on two or three cylinders. This initially lasted a couple of minutes and sometimes switching the engine off then on again cured it. However as time has gone on, it is happening more and more often and the other day the problem kicked in as I was already driving along. My initial thoughts were muck in the fuel tank so put a petrol additive in but problem remains. The issue has now started to happen every 2 to 3 days and I continue to drive the car until it suddenly sorts itself out and fires on all 4 cylinders which may take a couple of miles - not sure if I should be doing this though as it may cause engine damage!? Do you have any ideas what might be the cause of this issue?

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  • Mistral58 Dec 06, 2008

    Hello,

    Since buying my mazda 323f 1.8 sport (year 2000 model) I keep experiencing an intermittent fault with firing. When I first bought the car and a day or two after filling the fuel tank, I would start the car only to find the engine firing on two or three cylinders. This initially lasted a couple of minutes and sometimes switching the engine off then on again cured it, but sometimes not. However as time has gone on, it is happening more and more often and the other day the problem kicked in as I was already driving along. My initial thoughts were muck in the fuel tank so put a petrol additive in but problem remains. The car has now done 75,000 miles and has had regular oil changes and servicing. The spark plugs have also been changed.

    The issue has now started to happen every 2 to 3 days and I continue to drive the car until it suddenly sorts itself out and fires on all 4 cylinders which may take a couple of miles - not sure if I should be doing this though as it may cause engine damage!?

    Do you have any ideas what might be the cause of this issue and also what I need to do to resolve it?

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The prob is electrical. Replace the distributor cap and sparkplug wires. Never put anything but gas in your fuel tank!! Just a waste of money to buy these addatives! Frankster016

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I had this problem on a 323f and after doing a bit of research i found out the coil pack isnt very reliable but before changing this first change the spark plugs, then the plug leads and then try the coil pack as its the most expensive of the parts and lets face it we want the cheaper option to cure the probloem if we can, but it will most likely be the coil pack, Hope this helps

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Sounds like a simple battery problem. Pop a multi meter on it and check the voltage, whilst its trying to start. The ECU will prevent the car from starting if the voltage is'nt above a certin point. I think its 12 something.

Anyway, if you have a charger pop the battery on charge.

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HI
the problem is being caused by a nylon bush poping out on the gear shift remote unit
just had the problem solved by the dealers in seem to be a disign fault

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    ABHISHEK.C Dec 06, 2008

    Take carborator cleaner. First take off the big hose on the front of your intake then press gas peddal to open up and then spray it inside this fixed my problem. Jerry



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    Take carborator cleaner. First take off the big hose on the front of your intake then press gas peddal to open up and then spray it inside this fixed my problem. 



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    ABHISHEK.C Dec 06, 2008

    IF DINT WORK YOU HAVE to replace the ignition switch


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Hi, It sounds like injector spray pattern poor or problem with fuel pressure,It could be as simple as replacing fuel filter, I would sugest replacing fuel filter and checking fuel pressure.

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The problem may be due to the deposited wastes inside the fuel tank.try to clean the tank and then look.the wastes may be some carbon deposits usually .so clean the tank with an expert, and also seek his advice also in this matter.thank you

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    does the problem solved

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You have a gummed up cylinder and yes if you continue to drive the car that way it will mess the motor up. its usually caused by old oil buildup

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