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.
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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.
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.
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.
1998 Mazda Protege Questions and Answers
My car started stalling out at red lights. I'm not sure if it is a 1.5 or 1.8L engine. Putting it in neutral or park works, but obviously won't fix the problem. Have any idea what is the ...
How am I sure that it is my alternator?
the theft deterrent wont go off after replacing the battery. the car wont start.
I have a a 1.5L 4 cylinder with an automatic transmission
I have a busted carriage bolt to the engine and need to get it repaired. How much does it cost to fix this at a shop.