1990 Mazda Protege Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Mazda Protege

1990 Mazda Protege Problems

Ticking Noise Due to Lack of Oil Flow Through Hydraulic Valve Lifters

A loud ticking noise may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. It may also be heard after the engine returns to idle after freeway driving. The noise is commonly caused by a lack of oil flow through the hydraulic valve lifters. Modified lifters are available to alleviate the problem. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.

Idles Rough, Misfires, and Possible Check Engine Light

A loose or corroded ground terminal on the driver's side of the cylinder head can cause a rough idle, misfires, and there may be trouble codes. Restore the ground to the cylinder head.

Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start

An electrically shorted air flow sensor can cause a crank-no start condition. Diagnosis may show that ignition spark is normal, and there are no trouble codes stored.

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1990 Mazda Protege Questions

how do you replace the water pump for 1990 mazda protege (2 answers)

water pump licking, the car is over heating

chokes when turninh on almost empty tank (1 answer)

when i have about 1/4 or less gas left in my fuel tank car kinda chokes when turning and giving it gas on the corners, but when it straightens out it works fine. could it be water in my fuel tank?

speedometer quit working (1 answer)

currently was driving it and parked. when i started it and went down the road i had noticed that the speedometer had quit working. what would be the cause of that?

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1990 Mazda Protege Recalls

Ignition Electrical Switch Overheats

The electrical portion of the ignition switch may lack proper grease at the contact points, leading to the points becoming conductive and overheating. Dealers will replace the ignition switch free of charge to resolve the concern.

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1990 Mazda Protege Reviews

Car runs great and great on gas mileage (about 35 mpg city). only problem ive had is with the speedometer quit working.

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