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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Mazda Protege

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Mazda Protege Problems

Engine -- Verified

The timing belt tensioner pulley may make a squealing noise from the timing cover area on cold startup. An updated tensioner with a thicker mounting bracket to eliminate vibration may be needed to solve the problem.

Engine -- Verified

Misfires under load (acceleration) can be caused by leaky spark plug boots. When a spark plug boot leaks, it allows the spark to arc, or jump, to the cylinder head. New spark plug wires will be needed.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

A loose or corroded ground terminal on the driver's side of the cylinder head can cause a rough idle, misfires, and there may be trouble codes. Restore the ground to the cylinder head.

Engine -- Verified

If the engine cranks but does not start, and diagnosis shows no fuel pressure, the fuel pump relay is frequently the problem. If the fuel pump relay is defective, the fuel pump will not energize and therefore, not generate fuel pressure so the engine can run.

Mazda Protege Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 5, 1995

Summary: THE TIE DOWN HOOKS CAN CAUSE UNDERCARRIAGE IMPACTS THAT CAN RESULT IN UNNECESSARY AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS.

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Brakes, February 20, 2001

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Some left rear brake hoses were damaged upon vehicle assembly. A damaged brake hose could lead to brake failure. Dealers will inspect and replace the hose as necessary.

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Electrical & Lights, November 15, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A PARTICULAR FACTORY INSTALLED AUDIO UNIT. IF THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED AT LOW SPEED IN A HOT AND HUMID ENVIRONMENT WITH THE WINDOW OPEN, AIR CONDITIONER RUNNING, AND AUDIO ON, CONDENSED WATER ON THE A/C DUCT SURFACE COULD DROP AND ENTER INTO THE AUDIO UNIT, CAUSING A SHORT CIRCUIT.

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Electrical & Lights, July 21, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE HEADLIGHT LEAD WIRE RUNNING THROUGH THE TURN SIGNAL LEVER CAN FAIL AT THE SOLDERED CONNECTION TO THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH.

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Engine, March 3, 1995

Summary: THE WIRE ROD USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF THE ENGINE VALVE SPRINGS CAN DEVELOP MINUTE CRACKS CAUSING BREAKAGE OF THE SPRINGS.

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Mazda Protege Questions and Answers

strangebob, 1990 Mazda Protege, DOHC, Conway, SC

New fuel pump quit working. Took it out and replaced it. Found the fuel sock had basically disolved for some reason. Bits of sock in gas tank. Cleaned out, put in new pump and sock. Hard to crank n...

ffej87, 1990 Mazda Protege, SOHC, Cochranton, PA

currently was driving it and parked. when i started it and went down the road i had noticed that the speedometer had quit working. what would be the cause of that?

tim_123, 1990 Mazda Protege, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Walla Walla, WA

when i have about 1/4 or less gas left in my fuel tank car kinda chokes when turning and giving it gas on the corners, but when it straightens out it works fine. could it be water in my fuel tank? ...

Visitor, 1990 Mazda Protege, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, El Paso, TX

water pump licking, the car is over heating

corimwatts1, 1990 Mazda Protege, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Laramie, WY

i need a picture of the engine to see where its located at

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Mazda Protege Reviews

car has 138,000 miles. Just got eng light-replaced manifold gasget.134,000 miles eng light-replaced catalytic converter.130,000 miles eng light-replaced air intake hose. 69,000 miles eng crankshaft bad-new short block-Mazda shared cost.I have maintained car at dealer and only complaint was a timing belt tensioner failure at 79,000 miles covered by dealer.
Car 1.8 eng and stick runs great and looks great,but think to use for light duty and local driving.27 mpg combined.Fun car!

Over All my car runs good.

I bought my 1993 totaled and fixed it....it had 18,000 miles then and has 170,000 now. It has been a trouble free reliable vehicle....it gets 40mpg on the hiway if I drive at 65 mph. Iam looking for another one but they are getting hard to find.....I wish they made new cars now like they did these cars

squeaking sounds in the back at low speeds is the only problem, my car is now at 160,000 miles and has no other problems though. really solid car. and great on gas =D

how do i replace the speed sensor