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Mazda Protege Problems

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Most Common Mazda Protege Problems

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.
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.
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...
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0 Known Mazda Protege Brakes Problems

1 Known Mazda Protege Drive Train Problem

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.

1 Known Mazda Protege Electrical & Lights Problem

A wire inside the head light switch can fatigue and break over time causing the head lights to be inoperative. There is an updated head light switch to fix the problem.

6 Known Mazda Protege Engine Problems

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.
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.
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...

3 Known Mazda Protege Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The passages for the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system can become restricted or clogged causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The EGR valve will need to be inspected and the passages c...
A defective mass air flow sensor can cause hesitation on acceleration, a lack of power or other drivability problems, all of which are usually accompanied by Check Engine Light illumination.
A loud ticking noise may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. It may also be heard after the engine returns to idle after freeway driving. The noise is c...

0 Known Mazda Protege Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known Mazda Protege Maintenance Problems

0 Known Mazda Protege Miscellaneous Problems

0 Known Mazda Protege Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known Mazda Protege Problems & Complaints

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.
The passages for the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system can become restricted or clogged causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The EGR valve will need to be inspected and the passages c...
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.
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.
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 nee...
If the Check Engine Light comes on, and diagnosis finds a trouble code, or codes, for misfires, it might be caused by insufficient valve clearance for the affected cylinder. The valve clearances sh...
A defective mass air flow sensor can cause hesitation on acceleration, a lack of power or other drivability problems, all of which are usually accompanied by Check Engine Light illumination.
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 an...
A loud ticking noise may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. It may also be heard after the engine returns to idle after freeway driving. The noise is c...
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...
A wire inside the head light switch can fatigue and break over time causing the head lights to be inoperative. There is an updated head light switch to fix the problem.
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