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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Mazda 626 timing
If the timing was 180 out it wouldn't run at all.
Do a compression test to make sure all the cylinders are in good condition, go back over your timing and make sure you aren't overlooking something like two plug leads swapped?, it sounds like it's only firing on two.
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
Sure, but you have to be able to handle the contents of the coolant system (roughly 2 gallons) and be prepared to refill it with fresh coolant. To replace it, drain the cooling system first. Remove the top radiator hose from the thermostat housing at the top of the engine. Remove the bolts holding the housing to the engine and then pull the housing up. It may be stuck and you will need to pry it up gently. Do not use a screwdriver under the housing to pry it as you will gouge the metal and cause a leak later. Often a few soft taps from a rubber mallet will loosen it. Note how the thermostat spring is set in the housing as that is the way the new one will go. You will need to remove all of the old gasket material and avoid letting it get dropped into the engine opening. I stuff a shop towel in the opening before I start scraping with a plastic scraper -again this avoids damaging the soft aluminum. Once the old stuff is out, put in the new gasket, put the thermostat in (you will have already bought it and have it on hand) cinch down the bolts to be snug but not overly tight as they can strip easily. Replace the hose (maybe with a new one since you've done the hard part?) and then refill the cooling system and test run to look for leaks. You will need to get the engine up to normal temp to allow the thermostat to begin working. Might as well change all radiator hoses if they are more than 3 years old at this point. Otherwise you will be draining the coolant system again to do it later.
Have fun with it.
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
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Posted on Apr 05, 2010
its not to bad to do it yourself. you will have to jack up that car pretty high and us some good flexible ratchets to get the bolts off. you can follow the wires from the battery cables and it will connect to the starter. make sure you disconnect the battery first. you will see it to your left from the center of the engine when you are laying underneath your car. kinda looks like a cylinder attached to the engine. if you cant do it have a pro mess with it unless you have time on your hands. make sure to check the wire connectors to the starter or else it will make poor contact and drain your battery as well. they start to rot after being over 10 yrs old but you cant tell unless you peel off the tape or rubber molding on the copper wires.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
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