Linked Questions

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What Could Cause Flash Over / Arcing to Reappear on New Plugs?

I had been having some hesitation problems on my 98 Mazda 626 which after a great deal of research seemed to be solved by replacing the plugs: As you can see, there seems to be signs of flash over / ...
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Emissions Problem: Lambda AND CO Slightly High on my 98 Mazda 626

I just took my 98 Mazda 626 for it's inspection and they said the carbon monoxide is slightly high. The test is done using a tail pipe gas analyzer while holding the RPMs between 2500 - 2800 for ...
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What Color Should the Spark Be When Using a Spark Tester?

If I'm using a spark tester with an adjustable gap set to the correct gap for my car's ignition system voltage, what should the spark look like? I ask because I've seen conflicting opinions on this ...
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What Is The Output Voltage For The Mazda 626 GF 2L 98-2002 Coil Pack?

I've seen aftermarket "high voltage" coils that output 40kV, but what is the output voltage for the standard OEM coil pack? I want to use a spark tester with an adjustable gap to check the strength ...
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What can I do with an Inline Spark Tester?

Due to my recent problem with weakly firing plugs, I'm looking at inline spark testers. I've seen three basic types: The simple flashing one which goes in between the wire and plug with the plug in ...
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How to Improve My Diagnostic Process

I had some problems which I suspected were related ( diagnostic index at pg. 150 in 98 US WSM ): idle speed too slow and excessive engine shake pg. 167 Hesitation / Stumble: Momentary pause at ...
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My Ignition Timing is Retarded, no seriously, it's really screwed up

I logged some test data to try and help me figure out why my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L ATX has a rough idle and is suffering from hesitation. (Speed k/h),(TPS_v),(MAF g/sec),(RPM),(SparkAdvance),(EngineLoad)...
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Interpreting Cylinder Compression Readings

So I've been having some engine trouble with my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L, specifically a low, rough idle and lack of power on acceleration. One of the things the WSM says to check for both these problems ...
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Excessive Vibrations in Drive when holding down the brakes

I'm working on a 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L with an automatic transmission. While I'm used to driving manuals, I would say that the amount of vibration when sitting stopped in drive with the brake on seems ...
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Mazda 3 1.6 OBDII P0403 resolved after changing spark plugs?

I had been plagued by intermittent OBDII P0403 check engine light for months. I changed the EGR valve, had the harness replaced but to no avail. The workshop said it is the PCM and quoted a hefty ...