Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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1998 Mazda 626 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #1

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Car fails to enter gear when shifted from park or neutral into drive or reverse, then suddenly lurches into gear. Once in gear, the car fails to shift into higher gears (limiting speed). While moving forward in gear, the car will shift out of gear into neutral or (less frequently) into a lower gear without warning (maximum time in gear before shifting into neutral = 1-1.5 minutes, usually 30-40 seconds). Sometimes shifting the vehicle to neutral and back to drive or reverse, or turning the engine off and back on, enables the driver to put the car back into gear. If the car is slowed to a stop while in forward or reverse gear, the car will leave gear and stay in neutral.

- Huntington Woods, MI, USA

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