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Mazda Navajo Problems

Engine -- Verified

If the engine cranks but does not start, it may be caused by a tripped inertia switch. Switch the key to "ON" and the fuel pump should be heard running for a second or two. Listen at the gas filler if necessary. The inertia switch is located on the firewall and can be tripped when the parking brake is set too hard and then released. The inertia switch should be reset, and will click when it is reset.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Failure to change the power steering fluid can cause the fluid to become gray with metal particles. The contaminated fluid can damage the power steering pump resulting in a growling noise when the wheel is turned; the damaged pump will require replacement to eliminate the noise.. Life of the power steering gearbox and pump will be shortened if the fluid is not serviced regularly.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The O-ring seals in the AC couplings can develop leaks. The condenser can also crack and leak, which is sometimes misdiagnosed as a leaking coupling.  The condenser cracks out of sight, under the radiator support, so it looks like the coupler is leaking. Leak testing with fluorescent dye will help locate the exact source of the leak.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The radius arm bushing may wear, causing a clunking or popping noise when driving over bumps. To repair, the bushings need to be replaced. Depending on the severity of the wear, the brackets may also need replacement. Driving with worn bushings will shorten tire life and cause tire cupping (uneven tire wear).

Drive Train -- Verified

If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, this could be caused by a failing deferential clutch kit. An updated differential clutch kit available.

Mazda Navajo Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 16, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FACTORY INSTALLED SUNROOF. THE SUNROOF GLASS PANEL ASSEMBLY CAN SEPARATE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS MOVING DUE TO INCORRECT HINGE ENGAGEMENT. THIS WAS CAUSED BY IMPROPER SUNROOF INSTALLATION OF THE GLASS PANEL.

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Brakes, November 4, 1994

Summary: THE PARKING BRAKE CONTROL SELF-ADJUST PAWL DOES NOT LINE UP PROPERLY WITH THE SELF-ADJUST RACHET CAUSING THE PAWL TO SLIP OVER ONE OR MORE TEETH IN THE RACHET.

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Brakes, May 21, 1996

Summary: THE STUDS WHICH ATTACH THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER TO THE POWER BRAKE VACUUM BOOSTER ASSEMBLY CAN DEVELOP STRESS CORROSION CRACKING AFTER BEING OPERATED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOCATION.

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Drive Train, March 3, 1992

Summary: WHEN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER IS PLACED IN THE PARK POSITION, THE PARK PAWL DOES NOT ALWAYS ABUT OR ENGAGE THE PARK GEAR.

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Drive Train, August 26, 2000

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Ford has recalled Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX tires installed on multiple lines of Ford trucks from 1991 to 2000. On some tires, under extreme conditions, the tread could separate, which can cause immediate tire failure. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control, injury, and death. Dealers replaced the affected tires.

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Mazda Navajo Questions and Answers

Tambra, 1991 Mazda Navajo, Denver, CO

My navajo won't start only clicks it will start only if you pop start the clutch,I have replaced the starter and sylinoid. What else could i do

SDW1947, 1992 Mazda Navajo, Pelham, GA

the gauge stopped working some time ago,I had the gas tank removed to check it but that was not the problem

Brett k, 1992 Mazda Navajo, Cache, OK

it revs up when i start it untill i put it in gear and start letting out on the cluch the only time it stops reving up is when i pull up to a stop light and put it in first gear with my foot on the...

bluesky3555, 1992 Mazda Navajo, Manchester, TN

replaced the upper hose but still having over hot and no heat inside car

bluesky3555, 1992 Mazda Navajo, Manchester, TN

someone changed my spark plug wires and i think they are wrong can i see a diagram

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Mazda Navajo Reviews

Great little 4X4 gas mileage stink buy became better with a K and N filter ... I had the same engine in a Ford ranger truck and got much better gas mileage ... the one I have has just 51000 miles and its a 93 .... any suggestions on getting better mileage ????

I have a 94 Navajo , and so far besides the minor repairs i did when first purchased it , such as wipers, all major fluids ( all 3 gearboxes, tarnsmission, and oil, and so forth) , so far only things that have gone wrong were i had to replace both front shocks( went with heavy duty offroad shocks for the way i drive in city streets :) ) DS radius arm bushing , only prioblems i have are temp gauge for thermastat has gone out but doe snot overheat atall, gas gauge does not work possibly fuel pump is bad and at 122k miles after i hit 4th gear doe snot want to go above 2200 RPMs, but overall minus lousy gas mileage compared to gas prices here and my location weather not much an issue, and driver side door handle did break recently, but easy fix

I USE 10W 30 ENGINE OIL ANYTHING THICKER LIKE 10W 40 OR 50 OR EVEN THOSE THICK ADD ONS OIL ADDITIVES.. AND THE ENGINE WILL NOT LUBRICATE AS WELL, CAUSING ENGINE FAILURE. THAT GOES FOR EVERY CAR AS FAR I UNDERSTAND. ALWAYS ( READ ) AND FOLLOW MANUFACTURER SPECS.

ENGINE LIFTERS ARE NOISY AND ARE VERY EXPENSIVE!, A VERY COMMON PROBLEM IN ALL OF THEM. CHECK ALL YOUR BRAKE LINES, MINE RUSTED OUT AND BROKE CAUSING MY BRAKES LOSE ALL THE BRAKE PRESSURE!!!.. LUCKLY, THIS HAPPENED AT THE PARKING LOT. INNER PLASTIC PARTS LIKE THE DOOR HANDLES ARE JUNK!!. I'VE OWNED FOR 3 YEARS NOW!. STILL A GOOD TRUCK.

I have had 3 Mazda Navajo's , first one was great, but rusted out due to northern winter salt on roads. Second Mazda Navajo was a 2WD base model 5 speed that lasted 315K mi. 2nd Navajo major repairs were Clutch, fuel pump, ball joints, and cylinder head rebuild at 210K mi. 3rd Navajo is a 4x4 5spd rust free TX truck and low mileage, no major repairs but needs front ball joints in the near future. Things to watch out for as a owner front ball joints, fuel pumps rusting out (northern trucks), push rods (making tapping noise) and rubber plugs on back of 5 spd transmissions shift housing, they dry out rubber cracks leaking fluid until trans goes dry on fluid, to fix remove plugs clean with brake clean and reinstall them with Ultra grey. Automatic trans. are weak for towing and 4x4 axle u joints are a big money repair. Over all these are great trucks

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