Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start on Mazda Protege

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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Average mileage: 166,073 (81,000–300,000)
Engines affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
35 people reported this problem
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2002 Mazda Protege- 2.0L 4 Cylinder110,000
Engine cranks but does not start. When used some starting fluid at air intake it starts or tries to start for a while before stopping. Checked the fuel filter it was clean, but surprisingly there was not fuel in the lines, everything was totally dry. Filled more gas in the tank, but the situation does not change, no fuel in the lines. I am pretty sure that the gas is locked in the tank either pump or some kind of safety valve. Will appreciate if some one can help
1997 Mazda Protege- 1.5L 4 Cylinder169,944
I have this problem too ive tried evrything i changed the spark plugs and checked everything my car sounds like its going to start but then i just turns off
2001 Mazda Protege- 2.0L 4 Cylinder
1990 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder81,000
Cranks won't start. Starts after about 15 mins of trying. Will periodically chug and die. Restarts after 15 mins of sitting. No check engine light.
2002 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder198,000
Car cranks but wont start. Sometimes it starts on the 2nd or 3rd crank. Today however, it wont start at al
2001 Mazda Protege- 2.0L 4 Cylinder
2001 Mazda Protégé LX 2.0. Same problem. Will sometimes miss while driving and then will sometimes turn over but not start. Had it looked at 3 times and they told me I would have to bring it in when it was in the condition of not starting. Now how could I bring it in if it didn't start?
1999 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder180,000
Car turns over but wont start-I had just put on timing chain--not fixed yet
2002 Mazda Protege- 1.6L 4 Cylinder
engine cranks but dont start
1998 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder170,000
cranks wont start.spark plugs wet with fuel,
1990 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder
Crank but won't start
2002 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder134,000
Cranks wont start checked all fuses still nothing HELP
1991 Mazda Protege- 1.8L 4 Cylinder207,493
Would only crank and not quite start. I replaced the MAF Sensor last year and it has new plugs and wires. It is a fun car other than that and has been very reliable.
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