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. I need to stress that this is an intermittent fault and normally the car drives perfectly.
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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Where the handbrake lever is,it will be covered by a boot of some sort.Peel this back and beside the lever will be either a rod with a nut on it,or it will have a recess for a screwdriver.with the h/brake off,do the adjustment by tightening it.When it's right, the h/brake should have to be pulled so 7 'clicks' can be heard.Hope this helps
I am fixing a similar problem on my daughter's 2002 323 Hatchback (Australian BJ model, RH drive) at the moment. Rainwater comes in from above the clutch pedal.
If you look down thru the vents in front of the windshield near the wipers, you will see a spot-welded body seam running across the bottom of that recess. This is where hers is leaking. I originally sealed it with a RTV silicone sealant which fixed the problem but after approximately 6 months it has started leaking again. I am going to remove the silicone and seal over the seam with a brushable bitumen -type sealer.
Remove windscreen wipers and the vent panel for easy access to the area.
try autozone.com to see if they have your car listed for diagrams pictures and step by step instructions if your car is not listed then try your local library they have all the car manuals and even copy them for you