1998 Mazda Protege Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Mazda Protege

1998 Mazda Protege Problems

The timing belt tensioner pulley may make a squealing noise from the timing cover area on cold startup. An updated tensioner with a thicker mounting bracket to eliminate vibration may be needed to solve the problem.

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.

Misfires under load (acceleration) can be caused by leaky spark plug boots. When a spark plug boot leaks, it allows the spark to arc, or jump, to the cylinder head. New spark plug wires will be needed.

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1998 Mazda Protege Questions

after car sits for a few hours it takes a long time to start,i smell fuel,and it sounds like it wants to start, but wont,only after 15minutes or so of cranking the car finaly starts, after that it starts fine long as it dont sit for 2 hours..please help, any info, or suggestions are...

Turned car over but would not start, rolled down hill and popped clutch no start. Replaced: Plugs, Wires, Cap, Rotor, Fuel filter, Air filter, checked oil (good), battery is charged and takes and passed load test, Spark at all 4 plugs, fuel on plugs. No codes. Removed air hose to manifold and ...

My car sat for 2 weeks at the mechanic to have the serpentine belt replaced (in well below zero temps the entire time). I get it back, turns over, runs hard for a few blocks as fluids get moving again. Got it home and there was no engine coolant in the reserve. I'm noticing that my thermostat...

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1998 Mazda Protege Reviews

Had this car for a few years and have only had to replace a CV joint and still runs strong at 160000 miles.

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