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.
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Some left rear brake hoses were damaged upon vehicle assembly. A damaged brake hose could lead to brake failure. Dealers will inspect and replace the hose as necessary.
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Car still drives with no problem. No certain if it's 1.6L or 1.8L. Automatic transmission.
Hi, I'm looking to replace the front catalytic converter on my mazda protege 2000 (inside melted) and am seeing 49-state versions for sale online for $200-250. When I call my local mechanic in...
Hi, My 2000 Mazda Protege runs seemingly fine, 75 mph, ok on gas. I happen to know that the front cat converter has melted. I've replaced the rear CC (which was filled with pieces of the front...
We were told that one of the spark plugs exploded and damaged the "head". The mechanics who checked didn't speak english well and I assume they meant the engine cylinder head. Would ...
2000 Mazda Protege Reviews
car has 138,000 miles. Just got eng light-replaced manifold gasget.134,000 miles eng light-replaced catalytic converter.130,000 miles eng light-replaced air intake hose. 69,000 miles eng crankshaft bad-new short block-Mazda shared cost.I have maintained car at dealer and only complaint was a timing belt tensioner failure at 79,000 miles covered by dealer.
Car 1.8 eng and stick runs great and looks great,but think to use for light duty and local driving.27 mpg combined.Fun car!
Over All my car runs good.
squeaking sounds in the back at low speeds is the only problem, my car is now at 160,000 miles and has no other problems though. really solid car. and great on gas =D