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#1019 of 3742 Protege ping
May 26, 2002 (12:16 pm)
I have a 96 Protege with a 1.5L thing... been a good one so far (115K miles and still going strong). However, it does ping during hard acceleration unless I use 93 octane gas. The pinging is temperature-dependent: I can switch back to regular when it is below 50-60. Replaced plugs - same thing, it just keeps pinging.
Oddly enough, I suggested a friend of mine to purchase a used 1998 LX, and that thing was pinging during the test drive just like mine. I believe this is an issue with many proteges. And I suspect this is precisely the reason why Mazda techs do not acknowledge the pinging sometimes - they are aware of the issue but do not have a solution... Otherwise Protege is a great car... that requires the premium gas.
May 26, 2002 (1:20 pm)
I've only heard of complains from the owners of the 1.6 and 1.5 liter engines though. I have a 1999 LX. Apparently it's a common 'problem' (if you call it that) w/ these engines.
#1021 of 3742 Mass Airflow Sensor
May 26, 2002 (8:18 pm)
There's a general recall on the mass airflow sensor for 1999-2000 1.6L Proteges.
SSP056 FEB 02 Campaign - Mass Airflow Sensor Warranty Extension
Does anyone have a copy of this recall or know how we can get more information from Mazda? I'm wondering if it will lead to some info our mysterious engine knock.
#1022 of 3742 kaiserhead - Protege Ping & Mass Airflow Extended Warranty.
May 27, 2002 (4:15 pm)
In reply to your query to consolidate the problem, here are my inputs:
1. The problem is very clear. When I step on Gas from Idle or low accelaration with 87 Octane Gas, the engine pings.
2. The problem disappears with 93 Octane fuel.
I believe the more you try to explain the problem to the service technicians, the more confused they get (or pretend to).
Regarding your mail about the Mass Airflow Sensor Warranty Extension Program, I did receive a snail mail from them. I am printing whatever is printing in the document. They did not mention about the ping as a symptom:
" Vehicles with Mass Airflow Sensor malfunction may exhibit any of the following symptoms: illumination of Check Engine Light, lack of power, hesitation, unstable idle. Should a symptom occur, please make an appointment with your Mazda dealer to have your vehicle diagnosed. If the malfunction is due to the failure of the Mass Airlow Sensor during the terms of this Warranty extension, it will be reparied free of charge. Failure of the Mass Airflow Sensor will not cause the failure of any other components. However, other components can cause these symptoms and are not covered under this extended warranty. This extension ONLY covers the Mass Airflow Sensor"
#1023 of 3742 mass airflow sensor
May 27, 2002 (5:27 pm)
Thanks for the text, did they send out a mass mailing to all owners with that engine and year or did they only send it to people who may have reported problems with the car?
#1024 of 3742 Mazda Noise
May 27, 2002 (6:51 pm)
Okay, after many trips to the dealer about my 99 Mazda Protege noise (ping, grinding what ever the noise is called) with no resolution, is it safe to drive the vehicle 2000 miles over a period of 4 days of should I get a rental? I am concerned!
May 27, 2002 (7:59 pm)
OK--wrote soemthing about this earlier--just can't find my post-I have 99 dx-with the pinging problems. Took to dealer to have them chk it out. After paying 125.00 to have injectors and plugs changed--was told that would solve the proble. Was told to run a tank of hi test through it and then after that regular gas. Did that--now back to normal. The car never seems to idle smooth--only 37550 miles on it...always seems to have rought idle u feel through the steering wheel and seats--not alot--but enough to notice.What nest?? They tell me if u run hi test through it all the time--it can mess up the computer and catalitic converter. Oh and for Fairbanks Mazda--if u go--take a condom--cause your gonna get screwed!!!!!!
May 27, 2002 (8:09 pm)
I've had that pinging noise ever since I could remember. It won't damage anything as far as I know, it's just annoying!
May 28, 2002 (3:48 am)
The problem is that the piece of metal that covers the hole where you would insert your key is bent into the hole, not allowing the key to go in. It has now happened to all of my locks. I have a family member who also bought a Protege, and we bought our cars from different dealerships in different states, and she is now also having the same problem.
#1028 of 3742 Could be the lock flap.
May 28, 2002 (4:25 am)
I know the original plastic ones on my '99 were a problem. The one in the driver door broke and jammed the lock cylinder. They replaced it and the one on the passenger side (without waiting for it to fail first) with the ones with the metal flap. No problems since.
To avoid this, you might want to lubricate the lock mechanism every now and then. A silicone spray does well.
If you bring it to the service dept's attention, I think it's covered under warranty. Mine were.