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Mazda Protege Engine Stalls when Coming to a Stop

Mazda Protege Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Drive Trains Affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Automatic Transmission

Average Mileage: 86,244 mi (75,000 mi - 105,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 83,000 mi

    engine stalls sometimes when the car stops at an intersection. If I put the car in parking the engine does not stall.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 105,000 mi

    Same issue. The car drives fine. When i come to a stop the idle will hesitate and occasionally stall completely. The problem is intermittent and unpredictable. I would not describe the idle as rough, though. When the engine does stall, it starts back up again no problem.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 80,000 mi

    Car drives fine but when coming to a stop the engine hesitates and stalls. I have been trying to look for answers but cannot get a straight one. I have found if I put the car in neutral when stopping it does not stall, or if I feel it being to stall I can sometimes put it in neutral and catch it before it stalls. Please Help!!!

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  •  Rookie

    my car will crank up very easily but will not stay running when coming to a complete stop. the unit will sputter and cutoff very easily

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 75,000 mi

    Replaced the EGR valve ... everything ok, check engine disappear... for me i have already check the transmission fluid ! if your engine is stalling and have a low idle between 0 to 1000 rpm then look at the EGr valve theres a new model (canadian) before having other problems like a failing catalytic converter if not repaired !

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