Problem Description and Possible Solution
Some vehicles may experience Check Engine Light illumination with a trouble code indicating the thermostat is stuck open. The thermostat will need to be replaced with a modified one and there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
Average mileage: 82,365 (26,383–205,000)
36 people reported this problem
po126 engine code came up...insufficient coolant temperature for stable operation. Mazda shop said i need to change my coolant thermostat. They charge $100 bucks for the part, but you can find it for less than $50 at online stores.
check engine light on, replaced thermostat myself, engine light went off.
Thermostat was stuck open, but just a tiny bit. You could run tap water through it at a dribble over the sink.
Check engine light came on. My OBD-II scanner detected code P0126, "Insufficient Coolant Temperature for Stable Operation". Radiator fan was not running at the time of the problem. Turning on A/C, however, did engage radiator fan. Therefore to be safe, I set A/C to 90F with defroster fan manually set to MAX and proceeded to nearest Mazda dealership. On the way there, real-time OBD-II diagnostics indicated coolant temps between 79 to 85C in mix city/highway driving and an outdoor temp of 72F. Unfortunately I didn't have a baseline to compare or know what temps were considered normal. Dealership charged $90 for diagnostics; said the coolant thermostat was to blame. They also recommended a coolant flush, to which I reluctantly agreed. Total bill: $536.
This all happened on a family vacation in an unfamiliar place and with no Internet to do any research. Don't get screwed like I did.
Same problem, but the light goes on and off depending on the week- very annoying!
Had same issue and also had to replace theramstat.
Check Engine Light on - Code P0126
Dealer tested and found stuck open thermostat and quoted repair price of $399.97!
I said I will wait until after Christmas, he said watch temp gauge. Naturally extended
warranty had just expired, go figure!
Check Engine light came on- code 126 a guy at pep boys recommended having the coolant thermostat replaced- payed $200 for parts + labor. the check engine light is off now so I guess problem solved?
Check Engine Light on. Thermostat stuck open, replacement costs $282. Mostly labor.
problem appeared at 100000 miles, I've replaced the thermostat, but problem reappeared within few weeks, I live with it since that, sometime the light goes off
on the trip HOME ( when we bought the mazda) the check engine light came on...and stays on. the most scary thing is the rattling noise in the front end... that the dealer SWORE this car was checked top to bottom for re-sale... whoo hoo what a MIS-REPRESENTATION THAT WAS !!!!!
Engine light came on, we found nothing wrong. Took car to dealership, and thermostat stuck open. Couple hundred to fix. I've also had some issues with stalling when slightly accelerating. I re-guested that they look at the date of the PCM and to update it.
Same code, same diagnosis. Stuck open thermostat. Thermostats wear out. $282 to fix it. If I were savvier, I would replace it myself.
I just replaced my transmission a two weeks ago and I was driving yesterday and my check engine light went. I took my car to my mechanic and they told me it was my thermostat...and it was going to cost $200 to $300 to fix. What the heck, I have spent almost four thousand dollars on this car in this past two months.
Thermostat Replaced and Flushed Coolant $400 mostly labor and removal/new coolant
CEL on Po126 error code on OBDII scanner, engine temp gauge appears to be in normal range. Also having AC cooling issues, not sure if linked.
engine light on due to stuck open thermostat
Check engine light on and thermostat needed to be replaced
Car overheating. Check engine light on. Car doesnt overheat if interior vents are open at full blast. Called Mazda to find out if they plan on fixing this situation and they said "we cant help you car is out of warrenty". Too many people are having this same problem this is a manufacture problem please call Mazda and report it so they are aware. Mazda # 1800 222 5500. Even if you fixed problem call please.