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Car stops shifting after 5 minutes of driving?

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This happends to me on a toyota camry. I got away with replacing the tranny filter and fluid. It worked but I dont know how long it will work for. chances are there is already damage done to your tranny

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97 mazda 626 wont shift from park. release button on side of shifter wont push in. removed knob, plastic rod in center wont move


The 1st thing you need to do is check the brake lights, if they are not wiorking the park lock solenoid doesn't get power and the park lock remains engaged.

Apr 17, 2012 | 1997 Mazda 626

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Mazda 626 hold light flashes


it's probably the problem with the sensor failure or the switch fails to completely off the current flow, it's a miner issue so for hazel free drive do visit the nearest MAZDA authorized service station or see for a good skilled & experienced mechanic who may sort out this problems so till the next this is siddhesh saying bye for now feel free to ask any quires regarding automobile field we will be happy to help you so till the next time have safe drive & happy motoring.

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My 1997 626 with 2.0 motor sometimes down shifts


Have the tranny flushed and new fluid put in, and a new filter.

Things are getting gunked up and sticky in there, the car is 18 years old now.

Sep 29, 2009 | 1997 Mazda 626

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Tramission automatic mazda 626 97


Not a solution, but definitely bad news.

Unfortunately, your symptoms are all too typical of 1997 626's with the automatic transmission, especially those with the V6 engines. Owners have been reporting OD lights flashing and hard shifting as early as 20,000 miles, and total transmission failure as early as 40,000-60,000.

There are also many reports of owners having the transmissions rebuilt only to have them fail again in 12,000 to 20,000 miles.

This transmission, actually a Ford CD4E, was installed in many mid to late 90's Mazda's. NHTSA has over two hundred complaints on the 1997 626 alone.

Conversely, Mazda used a 5 speed manual transmission of their own design in these same model year 626's, and it is not unusual for them to go well beyond 200,000 miles without so much as a hiccup.

There are many Mazda forums out there over the years where people have attempted to launch a class-action lawsuit against Mazda to force them to announce a recall for the automatic transmission.

Mazda North America Operations claims that there were never enough complaints lodged with them to justify a recall. It appears they managed to avoid recall by instructing their delears to tell customers these symptoms were "typical of Mazda transmissions" and to document these concerns as complaints.

Unfortunately, once you start experiencing the type of problems you have, you can only expect it to get worse. If it's any consolation, it's nothing that you have done to the car, or could have been prevented, its poor design and ECM programming. Don't let a dealer or transmission shop try to tell you differently.

Try Googling, "1997 Mazda Transmission Complaints", and you'll get sick over the number of hits you get.

Here's a link to an article that's sure to get your blood boiling:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/23810/before_you_buy_that_used_mazda_626.html?cat=27

Jan 11, 2009 | 1997 Mazda 626

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RPM going high


it's your idle air control valve sticking.

Dec 23, 2008 | 1997 Mazda 626

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I can start my Mazda 626. After driving 500 meters motor stops. I have to wait about 5 minutes til I can restart. Then it works without any problem.


I would check the coil witch is inside the Distributer. Just get a whole Distributer and change it. It could also be leads but thats unlikely.

Dec 11, 2008 | 1994 Mazda 626

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you got to get the car on a scanner trasmission problem if you whant disconnect the battery for a few minute and reinstall check it out pierre

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