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: 114,294 (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
21 people reported this problem
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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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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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 !
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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.
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What's the point once fixed something else goes wrong
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