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1998 Mazda 626 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mazda 626 Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 151998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Transmission locked up while driving at 45 mph, vehicle came to a dead stop with engine running. Front wheels locked up, and would not move due to torque converter failure. Engine would stall during right turns, dealer reset computer, then engine light illuminated, dealer stated the torque converter clutch was slipping, transmission locked up on the way to a dealership for replacement of torque converter clutch, a new transmission was installed and 20 miles later the od off light illuminated, vehicle started smoking and losing power, this time dealer stated the cooling system in the radiator was not large enough to cool the transmission, an external cooling system was installed, now transmission needs replaced again, consumer requests that vehicle be replaced or repurchased by the dealer.

- Whitney, TX, USA

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