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    2001 626, 2.0 MTX. 92,000 miles

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  1. Thanks for the replies and no, I didn’t get it running but haven’t had a chance to look at it much. I want to check to see if the fuel pump is working. Removed the fuel pump relay and used a jumper wire to ground terminal 30 like it shows to do in the service manual, but it didn’t work. And I also tried it on my 2002 parts car which does run, and it didn’t power up and run the fuel pump on it either. Has anyone used the jumper wire technique as shown in the service manual, and did it work? I did download the 2001 service manual from pmx626 and it’s great!
  2. *Edit* I probably should have done a little more troubleshooting first but gambled instead and ordered a non-immobilizer PCM off of eBay today for about $100 after shipping and tax. I found two instances on the internet where people had successfully replaced the immobilizer PCM with a non-immobilizer PCM on pre-2000 626s (one of those done by a Mazda dealer when they couldn’t fix the problem with the immobilizer!) but couldn’t find any examples of it being done on the 2000+ cars. I think it should work but also know they changed the immobilizer system in 2000, making it more sophisticated with rolling random codes. So keeping my fingers crossed and I’ll post whether or not it works. Hi Folks, I’m hoping that someone on the forum has in-depth knowledge of the immobilizer system used on the 626. I just picked up a non-running 2001 with the 2.0/manual transmission and 92,000 miles that cranks over but won’t start. I think the immobilizer system is malfunctioning (no spark or fuel) but I’m hoping that someone might know how to troubleshoot the system for sure. The reason I think it is the immobilizer system is that the security light (“outline of car with key inside” symbol) in the instrument cluster is not coming on at all. According to the owner’s manual, “If the immobilizer is working properly, the light will come on when the ignition is turned to the start position” and if the light “fails to come on, it indicates a system malfunction.” The owner’s manual says that malfunction can be indicated by the light flashing, staying on, or not coming on at all. The light on my car doesn’t come on at all. Does anyone know if the light not coming on at all points to a particular problem, and would someone mind turning their key and letting me know when and if the security light comes on and turns off? Another thing that’s got me stumped is that I’ve read that if the immobilizer system isn’t working properly that it should set a code, but I checked with a code reader and I don’t have any codes set. The code reader in live RPM mode does see the engine turning over when the engine cranks with the starter, so I’m thinking the crankshaft position sensor is working and is not the problem. Anyone have any insight into this issue? I found a thread on mazdaforum.com from 2006 where the poster said that he solved the problem by installing a rebuilt ECU ($250 after core) and new immobilizer (about $200), and another thread where someone with a 1998 626 replaced their ECU with a non-immobilizer ECU, and he said that worked too. Though I believe the immobilizer system changed from the 1999 to the 2000 model year, and I’ve read that all 2001 626s have the immobilizer, but RockAuto lists ignition switches with and without immobilizer, so I’m not sure what is up with that. I know I’ve thrown a lot of info and questions out there, but I hate to start installing new parts without knowing for sure what the problem is first. I thought getting the car running would be simple but it’s turning into a pain. I've done a lot of searching on the internet but couldn't come up with much good specific info. Thanks in advance for anyone that might be able to help!
  3. bobp1

    Wiper Options

    I did this on the '98 that i had - it was as simple as replacing the wiper control stalk with the adjustable time control stalk from a newer model. It was easy to do and didn't require any other parts or control modules, etc.
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    Ebay Timing Belt Packages??

    I've used two or three of the ebay timing belt/water-pump kits and they worked great - no problems whatsoever.
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    Idle Issues

    This seems to be a fairly common problem and I've yet to see a solution - see these old posts: Search for a topic named "Idle Problem--idle Drops"
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    <p>Mazda 626</p>

    Mazda 626
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    What Year Trans Will Fit A 93

    Only the 93 will work. I have seen them advertised at the companies that import used engines and transmissions from Japan for about $500.
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    The 626 Is Gone..

    Hope you enjoy the Subaru! I'm just curious--what problems were you having with the 626 that were cleaning out your bank account? I've been driving 4 cylinder/manual transmission models for several years now and the things I love about them are how cheap they are to operate and how easy they are to work on. The wife and I are concentrating on paying off our mortgage way early and the old Mazdas have really helped keep our vehicle expenses down. Did they treat you ok on your trade-in? See you're a fellow Washingtonian--I'm up in the Bellingham area.
  9. Gents, here is an idea for the new site: some sort of interchange manual. This idea was pitched back in 2005 but it never really took off, in spite of Xenomorph going to the trouble of creating a wiki to do it (http://www.thexgn.com/626/doku.php). The name of the post was "Interchange Manual". Maybe there's not much interest, seeing how the wiki wasn't used much--just throwing it out there again!
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    94 Dx Trouble

    I had a similar problem on my 2.0 1993 DX. Got a distributor on Ebay (new, not rebuilt) and it worked great. I believe it was a company called Distributor King out of Canada.
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    98 Taillights

    I put the newer tail lights on my '98 and the car looks much better. They fit perfectly with no modifications required.
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    Cracked Spoiler, Ideas For Glue/epoxy?

    If you can find a seller on ebay named Intcomponents, I got one from them, new Mazda OEM in the factory box with hardward and new trunk springs, for less than $50. I think it was $35 plus shipping. They had advertised $25 but then only charged $10.
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    Cracked Spoiler, Ideas For Glue/epoxy?

    Do a search on Ebay for NEW OEM MAZDA 626 REAR SPOILER WING. $125 with free shipping. I bought two of these on ebay before and they are great. You may find it even cheaper. I am looking for one for my 2002 in Light Parchment Gold, but because that was a new color and not available '98 - '01, haven't been able to fiind one.
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    Warping Dash

    The dash on my '98 did the same thing. I removed the black plastic bezel and squirted Gorilla Glue under the dash pad. I then put a rag on top of the dash (to protect it) and used C-clamps to press the pad down until the glue dried. Keeping the clamps on is tricky because of the angles. It has held for several months now.
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    Did They Make A Front Map Light ??

    I love my car, but that was a design flaw...how much effort and expense would it have been to add map lights? I have seen map lights in cars at the junk yards (maybe in the 2000-2002 models?) but I don't believe they would be a direct fit in a car that didn't come with them. Plus I have the moon roof with its controls where the map lights go, so that created another problem for me. Map lights and rear seat cup holders, these cars should have had both.