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1997 Mazda 626 Question: How do I flush or change transmission fluid and filter?

 

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stevenm.j23, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, San Jose, CA, March 17, 2014, 10:29
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Car is driven more than 30 minutes. Check engine light comes on. Won't climb hills good. Seems to shift rough and have jerking motion when it shifts.

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    Miles Auto Services (884 Answers) , Richmond, VA - (804) 885-4176
    milesauto March 17, 2014, 10:50
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    Good chance the problem is something other than the transmission. Changing the fluid would most likely be a waste of time and money even if it was a tranny problem. Fluid change is for maintenence not a repair. More likely your problem lies with fuel, ignition, etc. Suggest you have diagnosis done first.

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    March 17, 2014, 14:01
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    This sounds more like a faulty exhaust issue. Get code read for free at autozone and post on here. Suspect you will get o2 sensor faults. Problem will either be those o2 sensors or the cat. converter has fouled and is backpressuring the exhaust toward the engine.

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    stevenm.j23, March 17, 2014, 14:16
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    Thank you I will do that. I did not know autozone does the code read free. I'm unemployed due to an on the job injury. I just had surgery Jan. 15,2014 after almost five years 3/25/2009 doi. Waiting for w.c. to approve surgery for a bulged and now deteriorated disk in my L5S1 of my spine. My wife after 15 years raising our 3 children has had to go back to work. And our financial situation is less than up to par and I am trying to save any money I can. This is the only vehicle we have that runs somewhat decent. I'm surprised ot has last this long with just oil changes. For the past 3 years we've had it. She was given a 1996 Dodge Caravan recently from her mother. It was running great up until I went to surgery. And after my surgery drove it home. And it would only go into second gear. And was able to go 50mph. And since then it will omly go 35mph. So the tags are now due onand it has to get smogged. So April the car needs smog and reg May the van I'm curious if both will even pass in current running conditions. Any help and suggestions I do appreciate!

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