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Simon, Hertfordshire

Mazda MX-5 2011

The orange engine warning light has come on 3 times recently in my Mazda MX-5 and it always appears to be during a long run, but specifically a few minutes after filling up with petrol. It`s happened twice at BP, leading me to think it was dodgy fuel and again today at Esso. The wife reversed it into a post a while back and pushed one of the tail pipes in a bit. Is there something in the back exhaust box which may have been damaged, causing engine sensors to freak out? The car has under 9000 miles on the clock and I always use super unleaded, except the time the wife filled it with diesel. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.


Replace the wife Glennn Dobbs from Greater London

Have the fuel tank vent system checked out, it may have been damaged when the the exhaust was damaged. Also have the exhaust system checked throughout for any damage or leaks. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 04/02/2013 09:51:03 | ID: 90190

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Mazda MX-5

where is the ac cooling fan relay located?


From Mazda Miata web: The cooling fan relay is in the right rear (passenger) corner of the engine bay behind the main fuse block. There’s a mounting containing three relays and the one nearest the firewall should be the cooling fan relay. The condenser fan and AC relays are found in the left front (driver) corner of the engine bay. They are a pair of identical relays connected to a vertical plastic piece near the stock air box, the wire connections are covered by a rubber skirt. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 23/04/2017 20:18:37 | ID: 140849

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lisah, Blackpool

Mazda Premacy

I went in my car this morning and heard there was a knocking and rattling noise coming from the top end of my engine, but the car was fine yesterday. What could the problem be?


that noise is coming from the timeing chain chain tensioner and rail need to be changed ralston mills from Jamaica

that noise is coming from the timeing chain chain tensioner and rail need to be changed ralston mills from Jamaica

Submitted: 26/03/2015 09:17:13 | ID: 113871

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Stanley Mariwa, Zimbabwe

Mazda Premacy 2001

My Mazda Premacy is not engaging in gears 3, 4 or 5 and there seems to be a hold signal flashing on the dashboard. What might the problem be?


I must say I had the similar problem, with my 2001 Mazda 626... In fact in addition to the flashing hold light, the car refused to move for up to 1/2 after the engine was turned on. I used TRANS X which worked for a while but then I had to purchase a transmission kit or I would simply have to get a new transmission. The mechanic had to change the old gears and replace. It’s working pretty well now Keri from Jamaica

Submitted: 03/01/2013 10:12:52 | ID: 72933

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Philip Hancock, Hertfordshire

Mazda 6 2006

I have put petrol in my diesel car. What shall I do? (saloon)


How much petrol? If only a small amount dont worry! Most diesels will be able to cope, you can run it on veggy oil!! Your car will be fine, might be worth changing the fuel filter Rob Hill from Dorset

Submitted: 07/12/2010 11:43:16 | ID: 76591

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Jeff Dominguez, Middlesex

Mazda 5 2009

Hi, I have a Mazda5 which is over a year old, unfortunately I had an accident and hit a wooden post on the side road running around 40-60mph. The point of impact is at the front left hand corner of the car and amazingly the airbag did not engage. I called the dealer and I was told the corner will not cause the airbag to go off. Is this right as I am really concerned? I would really appreciate any information or advice. Thanks.


The airbag is a last ditch method of reducing occupant injuries. It goes off only when the crash is severe enough that the occupant would suffer serious injuries . If it goes off too soon it is not as effective (it has time to deflate) and not available when you hit the brickwall behind the fence. That you survived means that the right response was correct. That the strike was glancing makes a significant difference to the pulse severity. If you had hit a substantial post square on at the speed you estimate then in all likelihood the car would have been torn too pieces and you as well Mike from England

Submitted: 01/09/2010 14:56:37 | ID: 76729

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Jim McColm, Ayrshire

Mazda 6 2006

Has anyone had problems with their mps6 turbo? Mine has stopped working. The car is in garage waiting on a responce from Mazda.


The hand book warns to let the turbo cool down after driving up hill or long periods of fast driving before switching off the engine Rob Hill from Dorset

Submitted: 16/08/2010 16:13:32 | ID: 69638

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James McKinsley, Scotland

Mazda 6 Hatchback 2010

Has anyone used this car for towing a caravan? Has anyone had clutch problems? (Diesel)


It is a common fault on the diesel, Mazda may fix it free of charge! Su Ru from England

Submitted: 11/08/2010 16:03:26 | ID: 84226

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Tapiwa Chaumba, England

Mazda MPV 1999

Hi. My Mazda MPV is showing a yellow "hold" label on the dashboard. What could this mean?


The "HOLD" label is a lock gear mechanism for avoiding sudden change down when going up-hill, but you pay heavily on juice. Simply depress the centre button on your gear leaver and it will be deactivated, and you will be back to normal revs and mpg Penyu Mauchaza from Zimbabwe

Submitted: 13/04/2012 14:07:58 | ID: 75811

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Raymond Bugeja, London

Mazda MX-5 1990

Can any body tell me what could the possible cause for this problem on my MX-5 1.6ltr might be? When I accelerate from idling speed to full throttle I feel the engine missing, as if it works on 3 cylinders instead of 4. The plugs are replaced, high tension leads replaced with those from my friend’s Mazda, fuel filter replaced, pressure regulator replaced, and the throttle switch checked. Does anybody know what the problem might be?


Funny you should say that, I encountered the same problem. The AA man ’jiggled’ the wires leading to the coil packs and all cylinders started working again. He took the coil packs off and resecured the wiring to them. No problems since Ray Taylor from Kent

Submitted: 17/11/2011 13:35:11 | ID: 73315

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Suzi Smith, England

Mazda MX-5 1999

Are 17 inch wheels OK to put on a Mazda MX-5 or are they too big? Not sure if they will affect the performance... any advice welcome.


I have 17" wheels on my MX-5 and they are fine. You need to lower the tyre profile when moving to larger rims as you want the gearing and speedo to remain accurate. Using the same profile tyre as you have on your original rims will increase the rolling diameter of the wheel and the speedo will read slightly low plus the gearing will be higher. This site will help you wth your calculations: John from Lanarkshire

Submitted: 08/11/2011 15:34:51 | ID: 69145

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Loraine Scott, Powys

Mazda MX-5 2009

The engine management light comes on and goes off after starting. When under power, it comes on again and stays on. The car still runs okay. I’ve been into Mazda dealership today and they cleared the system. It was okay for 14 miles. We stopped for coffee and after starting, the light came on again. I have to take the car in again tomorrow. The reason they have given was that the car is not used enough. It does only have 2,500 miles on the clock. Could this really be the reason?


Try getting a real mechanic to clean the oxygen sensor Don Stewart from Devon

Submitted: 25/08/2011 10:32:37 | ID: 77719

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