2000 Mazda 626 Mazda

Tiny
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  • 2000 MAZDA 626
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118 MILES
Hi I am having a problem with the tranny I have replaced the neutral safety switch and it still is only moves at first in reverse then drive, then it stops moving what can it be
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 1:06 PM

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Tiny
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The neutral safety switch is for the starter system. It prevents you from cranking the engine unless it's in park or neutral.

If the transmission doesn't work, the first thing to check is the fluid level and condition.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 7:49 PM
Tiny
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Well the fluid was put back in, and it looks to be good, and the tranny it self looks good, so what can it be? And thank you
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 9:30 PM
Tiny
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What do you mean by "the fluid was put back in"? What's the history leading up to this or the rest of the story? There's dozens of things that can happen to a transmission internally, but to work sometimes and not other times is almost always fluid level-related.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 9:50 PM
Tiny
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Ok its my girl friends car and as far as I know it just stopped working and when you get in and start it and put it in gear it moves forward and in reverse, and it will do that twice then will not move.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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That still sounds like low fluid level. Was it checked with the engine running or off?

The only other explanation would be leaking seals in one of the clutch packs. Those times it does move you should likely notice other symptoms like sluggishness, slipping and engine speeding up, or a shudder when trying to move.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014 AT 10:14 PM
Tiny
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Yes all the above so what do you think it is, fix it or get new trans, or just junk it all?
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 AT 2:34 AM
Tiny
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You need a proper diagnosis from a transmission specialty shop. You still didn't tell me if the fluid level was checked with the engine running or off so I'm not ruling low fluid out. If the cause of the problem isn't obvious to the experts, they'll perform some pressure tests to get a better idea of what's happening. I don't know how many miles are on the vehicle either or what kind of maintenance history it has had, so it's hard to know what will be needed.

Generally I'm in favor of repairing older vehicles rather than buying something newer, mainly because the newer a vehicle is, the more unnecessary, complicated, and unreliable computers it has and the more it will cost for repairs.
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
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Well the car has 118000 and the fluid level is good, and still doesn't move, I don't know to much on this car, a friend of hers had the pan off to change the filter and there is not one so he put it back together and thats all I know well if you can't answer this thank you for your help
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 AT 8:52 PM
Tiny
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If I can't answer what? I asked you twice if the fluid level was checked with the engine running or stopped and you won't tell me. You really haven't provided any useful information, details, test results, or observations, so I did the best I could with nothing to go on. Sorry if you don't like the answers but that's why I suggested you consult a transmission shop.
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014 AT 9:02 PM

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