Variable Valve Timing and Stretched Timing Chains
Mazda’s L-series engines are earning a reputation for variable valve timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure. Mazda acknowledged the problems i…Continue reading article "Variable Valve Timing and Stretched Timing Chains"
Spider Infestations in Mazda6 Engines
Yellow Sac Spiders think the smell of gasoline is lovely this time of year, especially inside of Mazda6 engines. It's cool .... I didn't want to sleep tonight anyway.Continue reading article "Spider Infestations in Mazda6 Engines"
Where Engine Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- engine timing chain stretched in the 2007 CX-7
- turbo went out in the 2007 CX-7
- engine failure in the 2008 CX-7
- engine failure in the 2004 MAZDA6
- engine revs when stopped and then clunks into gear in the 2014 CX-5
- engine won't stay running in the 2002 Tribute
- water pump failed, leaked coolant into oil, caused engine failure in the 2008 CX-9
It hasn't been a good year for diesel.
There's the whole VW mess, a BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz lawsuit in California, and a GM Duramax lawsuit in Michigan. And now Mazda is issuing a recall for diesel engines outside the USA that stall, leak fuel, and catch on fire. Well, at least it's not emissions-related? Here are a few of the issues.…keep reading article "Mazda Orders Recall of Diesel Engines That Leak and Stall"
Mazda’s L-series engines have a reputation of variable vale timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure.
Other than that they're great. Unfortunately a judge has granted a motion to dismiss a VVT lawsuit after Mazda argued their extended warranty terms are clear:…keep reading article "L-Series Engine VVT Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge"
Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple months after a VVT lawsuit was filed in court, Mazda has filed a motion to dismiss the case. Their reason?
…keep reading article "Mazda Tries to Get Around VVT Lawsuit with Sketchy Rules About Oil Changes"
Defective variable valve timing (VVT) assemblies in L-series engines has sparked a new class-action lawsuit against Mazda.
That'll come as welcome news to owners – particularly those with a CX-7 – who have been complaining for years about VVT and timing chain issues.…keep reading article "Lawsuit Accuses Mazda of Hiding Timing Chain and VVT Defects in L-Series Engines"
Let's face it, car problems are annoying.
Have you ever slammed the car door out of frustration? I certainly have. And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, it solved exactly zero issues.
But you know what could actually get something accomplished? Filing a class-action lawsuit. Granted, you'd have to be pretty darn frustrated to get to that point -- but that's exactly where a 2004 Mazda RX-8 found herself after her multiple engine flooding problems before it finally died.…keep reading article "Does the RX-8 Have Engine Flooding Problems?"
The power control module (PCM) in some of Mazda's newer cars is making some poor assumptions, prompting a recall.
Apparently driving in heavy rain or puddles can cause the alternator belt to slip, sending the PCM into a tizzy and disabling the charging system.…keep reading article "PCM Making Poor Choices in the Rain for the Mazda3 and Mazda6"