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  1. NickR

    Overheating 98 V6 ES

    I think it's unlikely to be the heater core, since this is not intended to be used to keep the engine cool. Thermostat is a cheap and easy thing to replace. The other two suspects are: blocked radiator (I mean internally blocked, though you could easily check whether it's externally blocked with bugs etc); corroded water pump fins (so it isn't pumping coolant). But those are more costly to replace. I have forgotten the name of those infra red thermometer gun things that you can point at parts of the cooling system to read the temperature. But it might be worthwhile buying/renting/borrowing one to try to help diagnose the problem. If it shows cooler spots in part of the radiator, for example, that helps diagnose a blocked radiator.
  2. NickR

    Alternator Replacement

    There are step by step instructions in my August 9th 2010 post above. Which of those steps do you need explained?
  3. NickR

    Replacing headlight socket on 2002 Mazda 626?

    Same happened to my 2000 626. Just buy a new socket. An auto parts store would have it, though might have to order it in.
  4. NickR

    Coil Pack Diagnostics

    Welcome to the board! What year is your car?
  5. Weird. One final thought: the bolts that hold the valve cover down have rubber grommets on them. Those aren't missing or badly damaged are they? Because they can leak too. Maybe put a drop of RTV around each one. Hoping all goes well with it this time!
  6. Just on the off-chance, check that there is no leak from the oil cooler O-ring (just above the oil filter), while you have the radiator removed. But I'm still surprised that so much oil would leak from the valve cover gaskets, and still have my suspicions about the oil pressure sensor, so it's good you are replacing that too.
  7. NickR

    Mystery Persistent Misfire

    A common problem is the spark plug wires go bad at higher mileage, giving a misfire at low rpm, even if they look good. I would replace them, with NGK blues.
  8. It's not a common problem on these engines. But 1/8" isn't so bad. I would just change the oil more frequently for a bit, which is the safest solution. The detergents in the oil will clean it off.
  9. The oil pressure sensor often leaks, but only when the engine is running, so you might not see it. Look at the front of the engine, about halfway between the oil filter and the alternator. It looks a bit like a spark plug, with one wire coming out of a spade connector.
  10. Even with a bad VCG, it shouldn't leak that much. Check the PCV valve. If it's blocked, the crankcase may be pressurised, forcing oil out past the VCGs. And are you sure it's leaking out past the VCG? There are other common places for leaks, especially the oil pressure sensor.
  11. NickR

    1999 626 engine compatability

    As far as I know, all 1998 to 2002 626 V6 engines are interchangeable.
  12. Beyond my knowledge I'm afraid. One wild guess: you have replaced everything else, but haven't replaced the engine coolant temperature sensor. They have a tendency to fail, affect air/fuel mixture, affect idle, and I think affect open/closed loop. There aren't so many people on this board nowadays, unfortunately. Have you tried ProbeTalk?
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    If the spark plug wires look at all old and worn, I would suggest changing them first. NGK blue wires have a good reputation. You can test for a vacuum leak by spraying carb cleaner around the suspected leak, listening to see if the idle rpm increases. That might be causing a misfire at low rpm, by making the mixture too lean.
  14. Herman: those codes are: 23, 24, and 3. (My guess is that you started the video after the codes has started, because it normally flashes them in order, so it should be 3, 23, 24, then repeat.) The 23 and 24 say you need to replace your rear Oxygen sensor (it's on the exhaust downpipe at the rear of the engine near the firewall). That's not uncommon. The 3 suggests a problem with the cam position sensor in the distributor. But if your car is running fine that might be an old code, that got stored in memory. I would delete the codes (disconnect the battery, press the brake pedal for 10 seconds, reconnect battery) then go for a drive and see if that code comes back.