Mazda 3 Check Engine Light P0126 & P0128 – 2004-2009 Mazda 3 – iFixit

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Check Engine Light P0126 P0128

The two codes from the check engine light are: P0126 P0128

Here is what I found according to my research:

P0126 is either replace coolant temperature sensor or replace the thermostat. According to my research, the issue that 99% of people had from this code was that they needed to replace the thermostat. Once that was replaced 99% of the people said that the light turned off and that they did notice a difference as to how the car ran better than it did before.

Some people said that its about a $100 including the parts and labor and no one should pay over $200. People said that they were even able to replace it themselves (if you can get under the car). The thermostat part is: LF7015170.

I looked it up online from a Mazda parts dealer and its about $45-$50 depending on which parts dealer you buy it from. I’m sure I could even find it on ebay for cheap too.

P0128 indicates that the computer is detecting that the engine is not reaching operating temperature within a reasonable time after startup. I am guessing that this relates to the issue with the thermostat. but i’m not 100% sure.

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Ingrid, take a look at this information from the service manual. The actual installation is not a horribly complicated job and definitely doable:

DTC P0126 DTC P0128

Coolant thermostat stuck open

DETECTION CONDITION

DTC P0126

• If the ECT signal never exceeds 71°C after engine start for specified period, PCM determines that the coolant thermostat is stuck open.

MONITORING CONDITIONS -IAT: above -10°C -Vehicle speed: over 6.0 km/h DTC P0128 • The PCM monitors MAF, IAT, VSS and EAT signals and calculate radiator’s heat radiation ratio while following monitoring conditions are met. If calculated value exceeds threshold, PCM determines that the coolant thermostat is stuck open.

MONITORING CONDITIONS -IAT: above -10°C -ECT at engine start: Below 36°C -Difference between ECT at engine start and minimum IAT: Below 6 °C -Vehicle speed: over 30 km/h Diagnostic support note

• This is an intermittent monitor (Engine cooling system).

• The MIL illuminates if PCM detects above malfunction condition in two consecutive drive cycles or in one drive cycle while DTC for the same malfunction has been stored in PCM.

• PENDING CODE is available if PCM detects the above malfunction condition during first drive cycle.

• FREEZE FRAME DATA is available.

• DTC is stored in PCM memory.

• DIAGNOSTIC MONITORING TEST RESULT is available.

POSSIBLE CAUSE

• ECT sensor malfunction

• Cooling system malfunction

• Coolant thermostat malfunction

• PCM malfunction

THERMOSTAT REMOVAL/INSTALL ATION [ZJ, Z6]

Warning

• Remove and install all parts when the engine is cold, otherwise they can cause severe burns or serious injury.

8. Add engine coolant. (See ENGINE COOLANT REPLACEMENT.)

9. Inspect the system for engine coolant leakage. (See ENGINE COOLANT LEAKAGE INSPECTION.)

Thermostat Installation Note

1. Install the thermostat into the thermostat case with the jiggle pin at the top.

THERMOSTAT REMOVAL/INSTALL ATION [LF]

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Warning

• Remove and install all parts when the engine is cold, otherwise they can cause severe burns or serious injury.

1. Remove the battery cover. (See BATTERY REMOVAL/INSTALL ATION [LF].)

2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

3. Remove the under cover and splash shield as a single unit.

4. Drain the engine coolant. (See ENGINE COOLANT REPLACEMENT.)

7. Set the drive belt out of the way. (See DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT [LF].)

8. Remove the drive belt tensioner. (See TIMING CHAIN REMOVAL/INSTALL ATION [LF].)

9. Remove in the order indicated in the table.

10. Install in the reverse order of removal.

11. Add engine coolant. (See ENGINE COOLANT REPLACEMENT.)

12. Inspect for the engine coolant leakage. (See ENGINE COOLANT LEAKAGE INSPECTION.)

The important part to look for with this answer, is the engine type ZJ, Z6 and LF.

then there is this message: Model Years affected 2004, 2005, 2008

Some vehicles may experience Check Engine Light illumination with a trouble code indicating the thermostat is stuck open. The thermostat will need to be replaced with a modified one and there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module.

I would think this is a 2 hour job, and a average repair cost of approximately $260 to replace a thermostat on a Mazda 3. Personally I would opt to purchase a 2004-2011 Mazda 3 Thermostat – Beck Arnley 143-0838 from places like this. spend $30 and plan on a whole day to do it 😉

I do hope I did not confuse you or was to lengthy. Hope this helps, good luck.

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