1997 Mazda Protege Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Mazda Protege

1997 Mazda Protege Problems

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.

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 Stalls when Coming to a Stop

If the engine stalls when coming to a stop, check the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) level. Low ATF fluid level can cause the torque converter lock-up to stay on, stalling the engine.

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1997 Mazda Protege Questions

which air flow sensor can cause a crank but no start. (1 answer)

I understand there are a few air flow sensors involved in the operation of signaling the PCM to allow fuel to flow to the injectors. Would the most likely be the EGR Valve Control Solenoid/motor, or would the Vacuum Control Valve be likely to fail.

Will not restart after cutting out at 55 mph (1 answer)

Was driving car stalled out try to restart but just turns over nut restarting

Bought for $500 2 years ago, has over 200,000 mi and a small engine block crack. (1 answer)

Now seems to need a transmission. Getting quotes of $1300-1,700 just to rebuild. Is it worth putting that kind of money into it?

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1997 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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1997 Mazda Protege Reviews

i cant say enough good about my 97 Mazda Protege....Nick named the MAZDARATTI.....it`s a great little car that I commute in 63 miles around trip 4 days a week.... gets 33 mpg.. thats 335 miles on a tank of gas.my car has 153000 but now needs a new clutch,which is what brought me to this forum.I plan to put 50,000 more miles on it after the clutch repair at a asian only mechanic.low miataina...

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