Would the EGR valve cause the rpm's to go all the way into the red when I turn the car on?
Signs that EGR needs to be changed on 1996 Mazda Protege
Check the throttle postiton sensor
Sounds like the throttle is sticking, Probably should have it towed to a shop because the red area means that it revving too high and could blow the engine or cause a accident if it sticks while driving. You can find a shop here www.repairpal.com/directory