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Thread: Mazda Dealership Breaking my Car More than Fixing it

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    Did you ever get your T-belt timing corrected ??
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    I dropped it back off and they replaced the valve cover gasket (should have been done in the first place IMO) but the car runs a little rough when it wants (if I'm at a light the rpms will jump a few hundred and then jump up and stable itself at like ~800). I asked if they checked it, and they said it was fine, but I know they didn't check.
    I'm starting to think there's a massive vacuum leak, so whenever I get the chance I'll look around, but for now, the car is drivable. Thanks for everything, but one more thing!
    Do you happen to have a diagram of all of the vacuum lines running through the car?
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    An easy way to check for a vacuum leak is to spray around the engine compartment with carb cleaner. If the rpms go up, there is a leak.

    You may want to clean your IAC,.. It's responsible for idling the engine and can get fouled.


    Don't forget about the relearning process the car goes through once your cars battery is disconnected.
    It needs to relearn how to idle the car and runs all rough until it gets it figured out.
    It takes about 100 miles to get it figured out.
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    You are a life saver! I will probably pick up a can of brake clean and seafoam to get everything done later this week.
    I'll have to do some research on how to clean and remove the IAC (I don't know how many miles I've put on the car, but it can't be any as I only drive to work and it's like 3 miles each way), but you are a lifesaver with the diagrams. Thank you so much!
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    Your car might be fine. It may only need more time to sort out the idle issue.
    Chances are that they disconnected the battery at the dealership,.. You are supposed to.
    My car runs like crap after the battery is disconnected. It will stumble and almost stall and the rpms are all over the place.
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    If you do remove your IAC, (which I don't think you'll need to) you need to remove a bunch of screws to get it apart to clean it.
    The screws look like a Phillips head but they are a JIS head so you my want to get the proper screwdriver so you've got the best chance of getting them out without stripping them.
    Apparently the screws are made out of cheese lol.
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