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Question Asked: Continued TPS Details, issue found, somewhat.
January 13, 2011, 04:28 PM
We found that the Protege threw a code only when the car was put into gear. My mechanic installed an addtional ground on the center wire of the connecter which solved the previous problem. I had checked for ground at this wire and found it have continuity but that was with the engine static. Seems the problem would occur when the car was put in gear and the pedal pushed some. Perhaps the torque movement from the motor caused the problem. Getting the car back tomorrow. Any input would be helpful and quite frankley, educating at this point. Thanks for all the previous insight, it does help. Chris
Question Asked: Continue TPS part 2
January 13, 2011, 02:17 PM
Status to date: The original TPS was bad. Voltage was way off normal. I had put a NAPA replacement in but that unit was asssembled wrong. At Idle it was reading the voltage you would have going down the highway. The new factory unit "had" correct voltage and when first installed, acted fine. I stop to pick-up the car and the light goes on again along with blinking Over Drv indicator.We test drive the car but the voltage now begins to fluxuate on the new TPS. I left the car there as the mechanic wants to think whats occuring thru.
Question Asked: Continued TPS details.
January 11, 2011, 03:29 PM
After going thru the diagnostics I got from this site,(as far as I could) I took the car to a garage that has a breakout box.(Needed to test the TPS) The new replacement I bought from NAPA was reporting the wrong voltage at idle. The theory is, its not the correct application. A Mazda Factoy one has been ordered. We'll see what evolves. Any comments greatly appreciated. Thought it was worth posting for others to digest. Chris
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Comment: True or False: Let Your Car Warm Up Before Driving
January 15, 2011, 05:35 AM
I don't entirely agree with your comment. Exhaust gases coming out of the engine are corrosive. If the exhaust system is cold and doesn't get time to heat up the moisture that comes from combustion (your exhaust pipe ever drip water ? Hmm-m) becomes corosive and will quickley rot the pipes out. Given enough time to heat the exhaust system up, the moisture stops dripping out as the gases can stay in a gaseos state and muffler lives for another day. Short hops are the worst thing for a car. Some of what you say I agree with but what little gas you're saving might be negated by the increased costs of buying and installing exhaust system replacements plus the costs of building the system plus the cost of disposal. Kinda knocks the snot out of that "livin green thing".