Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Sub-Zero Starter Assist (RX-7 Only)


See Figure 1

On RX-7 models, except those sold in California, a sub-zero starting assist fluid reservoir is located to the right of the engine near the firewall. When the outside temperature is below 0°F (-18°C), a thermoswitch operates a small electric pump in the reservoir which injects a pre-measured squirt of 90% aluminum-compatible antifreeze and 10% water into the carburetor throttle bore or intake manifold while the starter is being cranked. This keeps the fuel from icing and promotes better starting.

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Fig. Fig. 1: On most RX-7s, a sub-zero starter assist reservoir is located near the windshield washer reservoir


Use only ethylene glycol (or other aluminum-compatible antifreeze) and water.


Check the fluid level in the sub-zero starter assist reservoir every two weeks in cold weather. If necessary, unscrew the reservoir cap and refill the reservoir with a 90/10% mixture of ethylene glycol or other suitable antifreeze and water.