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2014 Mazda 3 S: We Might Have a Problem

January 31, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

See all those warning lights on the gauge cluster? They weren't there when I started driving home last night, but they lit up like that twice after some odd noises from down below.

The first time around I was just putting along in traffic at around 15 or 20 mph when I felt a sizable clunk from the transmission. Then the warning lights came on and the car felt like it was in some sort of limp mode. I got off at the next exit and headed for a parking lot. Along the way the transmission felt like it had no fluid in it, with lots of spinning gears and not much forward movement.

I parked, turned the car off, checked the tires (they were fine), waited a few minutes and then restarted it. At this point, only the check engine light remained on so I gave it a go. Much to my surprise the transmission had returned to normal and the car drove fine. I drove another 15 miles or so without incident.

Then it happened again, and in the same way as before. A clunk, followed by warning lights, followed by very little forward motion. Turned the car off and back on and all was good again.

This morning the check engine light was still on but the car drove fine, which is good as we'll be driving it straight to the dealer to see what might have happened. Update to come.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor@ 2,490 miles

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