Common Engine Problems

  1. 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…

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  2. 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.

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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.

Recent Engines News

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  1. 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.…

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