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Old 08-18-2018, 02:35 PM   #1
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So my beloved car of 13 years has a bad engine and I'm trying to get a few bucks for it. 6-speed Manual, Touring Package, Rotary Accent Package, Mazda certified rebuilt engine, 70K miles. Anyway, I wrote some funny stuff about it on Craigslist to get some eyeballs on it. (Warning: contains cuss words and questionable humor. Also, a pic of a truly awful comic book that I paid cash money for. Don't judge me.)

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Old 08-21-2018, 01:58 PM   #2
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So is it really low on compression or was the test done poorly? How well does it run or not? How do you know its not just a fuel issue?
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So is it really low on compression or was the test done poorly? How well does it run or not? How do you know its not just a fuel issue?
I don't know how to answer your first question about "done poorly", since I'm neither a mechanic nor do I work in the service department that performed the test. I can tell you it was done at a Mazda dealership (Byers Mazda, Columbus, OH). But to answer your other questions, here's the full scoop:

Earlier in the year I started experiencing issues with starting the engine when it was already warm. It cold started just fine. But once I had been driving for a while and it had warmed up, if I made a quick stop, like getting gas, it didn't always restart as easily (sometimes fine, sometimes I would have to try 2-3 times). However, if it had time to cool a bit, like say going to a store and it sat for like 20-30 minutes, it restarted just fine.

So I suspected a compression issue at that point and had a test done at a Mazda dealership and they confirmed it, but it wasn't too bad (don't have the results handy). This was maybe around March. Then in late July I was driving home one day and even with my foot on the gas the power and RPMs kept dropping intermittently. It stalled once and I managed to restart it and make it home. That's when I had it towed to Byers Mazda and they told me about the fuel pump issue and also did the second compression test, the results of which I posted in the picture.

Currently, the engine will turn over, but it immediately dies after a few seconds.
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Are they sure it's not an ignition issue? Have they even tested for spark while cranking? Coils on RX8's tend to die early, and you have enough miles on the clock where it could be a factor. Weak/no spark + low compression and it won't start no matter what.
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