Engine Stalls when Coming to a Stop on Mazda Protege

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.

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Average mileage: 124,511 (20,225–261,000)
Drive Trains affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
10 model years affected: 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
28 people reported this problem
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1999 Mazda Protege- Automatic Transmission80,000
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!!!
2000 Mazda Protege- Automatic Transmission105,000
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.
1999 Mazda Protege167,800
Car runs fine, but at stoplights it idles unevenly, I can watch the rpm needle drop and feel it try to stall out... If I put it in park this does not happen, and I have no problems. If I do leave it in drive and it stalls at a stoplight, it starts up fine.
2000 Mazda Protege- Automatic Transmission83,000
engine stalls sometimes when the car stops at an intersection. If I put the car in parking the engine does not stall.
1999 Mazda Protege- Automatic Transmission96,000
I have a 1999 Mazda Protege that the engine started to stall at the traffic lights. The engine had a rough idle and then would stall or would want to stall. I would put on neutral and the car would be fine. I tried several things to fix and nothing worked. During the process of removing the EGR valve to clean with brake fluid I noticed a vacuum hose (7/16 in diameter) that is by the throtle body and leads to the back. It is appox 10 inches long and seemed to be breaking off. I still went ahead and removed with a 12 metric socket and cleaned the EGR valve and there is also a (1/8 in diameter) hose that is right next to the EGR valve and leads to the right of the car to a sensor. I diconnected the hose and blew air from one end and black carbon came out. I cleaned the port next to the EGR valve where the (1/8 inch) hose goes connected. I used a small wire and used brake cleaning fluid and broke a clog of carbon. Cleaned well and blew air with air compressor. I replaced gasket to the EGR valve and put everything back together. The check engine light went off and the car is running great even at he long lights.
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
2003 Mazda Protege- Automatic Transmission75,000
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 !
What's the point once fixed something else goes wrong
1999 Mazda Protege137,438
My car is manual and I have the same problem, however when it takes off. Almost every time I take off when my car is warm, it hesitates and tries to stall and lately has been stalling on me. It idles very low when at places like stop signs etc. I've replaced coil packs and done everything I can. Once something is 'fixed' another problem happens. Not a good car.
My 02 protege idles roughly. I have replace the Egr valve plugs ignition coils and cables and it still seems to be ready to turn off when stopped. It doesn't seem to have issues when it's on the road and running. Any ideas ?
2002 Mazda Protege125,000
recently changed cylinder head on Mazda protege it has rpm fluctuations and sometimes it sounds like coming to a stop but revs up, doesnt do it in Neutral or Park.
2003 Mazda Protege116,000
Unexpected intermittent stalling when idling at a stop light or waiting in a drive-through line. Engine is running smoothly otherwise and so far I have been able to restart with no problems. Supposedly, the ATF was just checked when I had the oil changed and was fine, but I am not sure how thorough they were in the Thanksgiving rush for maintenance
1999 Mazda Protege168,000
Same problem with the idle dropping and stalling out at stops as everyone else. I think I managed to fix it. I cleaned a bunch of carbon buildup out of the throttle body by just spraying a bunch of engine cleaner into it and letting it set for a couple of minutes and then wiping it out. Once I reassembled everything the car seemed to run and idle fine.
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