I'm pretty sure this is what PSE is doing. Paying $50 for cores, cleaning them up, then reselling them for two grand as "rebuilt."
where do you get that 4400-4700? resale on a millenia is in the toilet. here locally 01 and 02 are going for 3500, and not smoking.Im a newbie to this thread... but no newbie to the mazda motors. owned a 1991 probe GT, 1993 probe GT 2.5L engine, 1997 Mazda Millenia L 2.5L engine, and now I bought a 2000 Mazda Millenia S millennium edition i just picked up last friday.
I bought it for $800.00. guy said its got bad oil seals in the SC and doesnt wanna take on the project and has found out a new one cost $1,650.00. Im gonna buy one on ebay, so i have an extra SC in case my rebuild of this one leaking goes bad. however, im worried its probably more than a leaky seal in the sc. it was like SOLID smoke coming out of the exhaust when i first picked it up and i was able to drive it on the trailer and bring it home. this car is worth $4,400.00-$4,700.00 fixed up right now. so i think i got a good deal. body wise is not horrible but not excellent. I wil post pics of my car in a newbie or intro thread... not here to hijack either.
does anyone else have this experience? i mean it was SOLID smoking coming out... not like some see through smoke.. this was some heavy cigar smoker type. i did call mazda and a new full assembled engine is currently $6,400.00. im hoping its not something else this guy tried to hide from me.
I still think its the SC.... guy who sold it to me says its the seals but i dont know if hes mechanically inclined bc he didnt wanna fix it. intercooler and tubing are spiting out oil.where do you get that 4400-4700? resale on a millenia is in the toilet. here locally 01 and 02 are going for 3500, and not smoking.
2001 Mazda Millenia super charge, 4 door auto, pearl white 142 k miles
2002 MAZDA MILLENIA S
and that sure sounds like a fubar engine, not the compressor. as in broke piston(s) or rings. the good news is that you can get a jdm motor for about a grand. the bad news is that after you install it, the car is still only worth about 2k
yah i agree, the seller told me its the seals so i hope hes right.Sounds like more than the supercharger for that amount of smoke.
One quick way to check is to remove the top half of the air filter box, then remove the air hose, then remove the resonator box. Get it stripped down to where you are at the throttle body. Then open the butterfly of the throttle body and look inside. You can then see right into the supercharger. You will see the two pressed in caps where the seals are and see the rotors. See if that is clean and dry looking in there, or full of puddling and dripping oil. A second test is to remove the front intercooler (two nuts, one bolt, and one clamp). See if that is full of oil. If the supercharger and front intercooler are fairly dry (a little oil is normal), then that is not the problem.
If the supercharger is full of oil, then just buy a $600 used one from ebay and install that on the Millenia and you are on your way. Forget about rebuilding one, or buying a rebuilt one. Just get a working used one from ebay - it will be much cheaper that way.
Here is a picture looking in through the throttle body (with butterfly open) to see the supercharger. It should look dry and clean like this, not puddling and dripping oil.
From the smoke you describe, this would be litereraly puddling with oil, and you could probably pour oil out of the front intercooler. If these areas are dry, then you need to start looking elsewhere for the problem.
Big difference in the picture I posted, and the pictures you posted. Definately oil leaking everywhere from the supercharger seals and pouring out of the resonator.confirmed.... Seals are out.
Big difference in the picture I posted, and the pictures you posted. Definately oil leaking everywhere from the supercharger seals and pouring out of the resonator.
I would make a suggestion. Before spending a bunch of money on timing belt, water pump, tires, ATF change, etc., focus on the main problem at hand.
I would recommend just getting a used supercharger that looks clean inside where the two metal seal plugs are, and the twin screw rotors turn freely. If it is clean inside (no oil) and rotors turn freely, then like bigb says, you have a 90% chance of getting a good supercharger. Install that and get the car working again. Once you do that, then start working on the other items on the list (timing belt, water pump, etc.).
These cars can quickly become a money pit. So just fix what is broken first, before dumping money into replacing things that aren't broken yet. You would hate to dump money into timing belts and water pumps, only to find out there is some other major problem and junk the car.