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I have a 2004 Mazda RX- 8 starts but sounds like a piston engine while turning over then it starts a then dies. Charlie Rork loxahatchee , Fl.

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  • Demonkey Nov 06, 2017

    Hi, I live in the UK and recently bought a used 2006 RX8 for my partner. The engine ran, but sounded lumpy on idle. When i took it to the dealer he drove the vehicle and said it was way down on power. He went on to explain that the rotary engine had a very short life expectancy (average 60K miles). The problem apparently lies with the rotary wiper blades which effectively seal the combustion chamber as the rotor rotates eccentrically around the cylinder creating compression. These blades wear if not lubricated well and end up damaging the nickle chamber liner. The engines are very oil thirsty and must be serviced regularly. If an oil change is late it can drastically reduce the engines life expectancy even further. In the UK Mazda will not honor any warranty claims on the engine. However, in the US, Mazda have agreed to change out defective motors that have been serviced regularly by a Mazda dealer. I wish you well because they are an awesome car when running right :)

  • Demonkey Nov 06, 2017

    I'm sorry, a bit of googling revealed that this was only honored up to 2012 on a 2004 model. Im afraid it will be an engine rebuild required at your expense. May be worth calling Mazda to see if they may offer a good will contribution?



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I’ve had a lot of experience with Mazda RX-8’s... Because I owned one. But your problem could just be the seals of the Rotary.. Try to replace those...

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SOURCE: My 2004 RX-8 sounds like a piston engine out of time while trying to start finily starts then after 4 or 5 seconds dies. Charlie

l reckon ya timing is out, or it's yer points so best bet is to git yer mechanic to have a look.

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