Originally Posted by jroreilly84020
my 4ws does not work it comes one and off so I took the fuse out under the hood but I would like to find out what is wrong with it
Seems to me that if you pull the fuse, you get the 4WS light going full time. After while it will burn out, I suppose.
Is the light going on and off at random or does it give some blinking codes (just like the CEL)?
If it is giving a regular series of blinks, there are diagnostics built in which relate to the number of flashes. Check out this post for diagnotics
If the flashes are random, I would bet on the timer module, found under the (North American) passenger side seat. Check to see that it's firmly plugged in and has not corrosion either on the plug or the connection of case to ground.
IIRC, the timer module is
available from Mazda, albeit at a very prohibitive (~$240 CDN) price.
Before spending that kind of coin, I would be tempted to unplug it and take it apart and check out the board (it's just a little bread board with a few resistors and capacitors soldered on -- you could probably fake one up out of Radio Shack parts and transplant the plug) and the components.
Or wait until MSGT-R comes up with her timer-bypass module.
By the way, if you unplug the timer module, nothing bad happens to the steering -- it just stays in 2WS mode all the time. Plus the dash light doesn't shine continuously.