Last post on Apr 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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Mazda Protege, Sedan
#3729 of 3738 Re: 2000 protege [littlemazda]
Aug 22, 2012 (2:10 pm)
The part you are referring to is most likely the charcoal canister. It is part of the evaporative emissions control system and usually doesn't fail. Here is a good explanation:
Are the spark plug wires O.K.? I had engine hesitation at 45-50 M.P.H. and it was a bad plug wire.
Have you changed the fuel filter? I've not had any fuel related issues (pump, fuel pressure regulator, etc.) on my '95 Protege, so I'm not able to give much advice in this area.
#3731 of 3738 Life of Mufflers
Aug 22, 2012 (2:41 pm)
I just replaced my '95 Mazda Protege Muffler for the second time since I purchased the car new. The original muffler lasted 10 years before the weld failed at the flange connecting the muffler to the resonator pipe.
The second muffler was a Bosal high end model and it only lasted 7 years. It failed internally and a big hole developed in the bottom of the muffler body. I thought this part was lifetime warranty, but I didn't keep the warranty documentation (have receipt) from the online purchase. The seller, although still in business, no longer sells mufflers and had changed computers, etc. They said to check with Bosal. Bosal didn't respond to my email request for warranty replacement, so no more Bosal parts for this DIY mechanic.
I had a 20% off coupon and bought a new Walker high end muffler at a local Pep Boys store with lifetime warranty. This muffler is actually made in the USA (unlike Bosal- made in Mexico) and it appears to be good quality. I hope to get 10 years out of it!
Changing the muffler on this car is pretty easy with jack stands. Just back the car up onto the stands. Use some rust remover on the nuts and bolts' threads. Use some grease on the metal support arms/hangers to easily remove the muffler from the rubber grommets. Piece of cake. One hour or less to complete.
#3732 of 3738 Correction to Last Post
Aug 23, 2012 (8:13 am)
That should be ramps, not jack stands, that I used to replace the muffler.
#3733 of 3738 Re: Sounds like a fused bulb [ashutoshsm]
Oct 18, 2012 (5:16 am)
Hey, I have a 1999 Mazda Protege and I have the same problem of the console/instrument lights will not come on. How did you fix the problem. on mine, the dimmer does nothing...no lights on the speedometer or the A/C panel. I have checked all the fuzes. I am curious to how you fixed yours??
#3734 of 3738 Re: sounds like a switch problem [maltb]
Oct 18, 2012 (5:19 am)
Hello, my 1999 Mazda Protege has this same problem with the console/instrument lights not coming on at all. How did you fix this other car? I have checked the fuzes and none are blown. Interestingly enough, the electric mirrors do not work either. On the fuze sheet in the owners manual, it does not say which fuzes control either one. Ideas??
#3735 of 3738 Re: Instrument Lights [altair4]
Oct 18, 2012 (5:20 am)
Hey, I have had the same problem you are speaking of with the console/Instrument lights. How did you fix the above problem?? I have checked all the fuzes as well with no luck. Looking for clues?
#3736 of 3738 Re: Mazda Protege 99 [purecitrus]
Oct 31, 2012 (11:35 am)
i had the same problem with my 1999 protege thought it was in the transmission took it to a shop. all it needed was a new battery it was no longer puttin out the proper voltage for it to run properly. it would lose power especially up hill the pcm was not giving enough voltage. was such an easy fix thought i was gonna have to have my transmission rebuilt. runs fine now
#3737 of 3738 Mazda 2002 Protege 5 sputtering
Dec 21, 2012 (7:57 am)
Went to inspection and failed. Code said needed new catalytic converter (run by Mazda mechanic and Autozone) Bought through a dealer who replaced. Before I go on, car ran FINE before cat was replaced. Drove car from dealer after cat was replaced to work, maybe 10 miles, ran fine. After work, drove home and started to sputter. Next day, had xmas shopping to do and the sputtering started again. When I got home it was dark out, a pipe from the cat was GLOWING RED (got picture since it was night). Now when running, still sputtering. Another test was run and code said it was a misfire. Took back to dealer who fixed and they said it was EGR valve. This was replaced ran fine from dealer to work and then on way home started the sputtering again. How can a car's engine that worked fine before the cat was replaced start having all these problems after the cat was replaced. $1700 and still not working right. Any help would be appreciated.
#3738 of 3738 Re: mazda protege help [ilovesatria90]
Apr 23, 2013 (10:59 am)
The 2000 protege had an ignition coil recall. You should check with the dealer to confirm it has been replaced.