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#1400 of 3738 Winshield fog up in Protege 2001
Dec 10, 2002 (2:14 am)
I have a Mazda Protege 2001 and the front windshields fog up regularly irrespective of whether the temperatures are cold or hot and humidity is low or high. It happens during the hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter. Also, whether the engine has been running or not has no bearing on it. Has anyone faced a similar probles or does anyone know how to fix this problem?
#1401 of 3738 Might want to check the drain hose from your A/C unit.
Dec 10, 2002 (5:52 am)
I think you can get to it under the passenger side of the dashboard. It should be a black rubber hose that goes through the firewall. You can just pull it out and clean it with Q-tips or pipe cleaner. I used my can vac with the small computer keyboard attachment on the one in my 323 (it had clogged and caused the condensed water to back up into the unit and then drain into the passenger footwell). This might cause the excess humidity you seem to be experiencing.
Dec 10, 2002 (6:49 am)
ALWAYS run your ventilation w/air from the outside to prevent this!
I run re-circulation mode until the car is warmed-up, then switch to fresh air: you create the same humidity level that's outside the car inside and you get more air in b/c the speed you drive at forces more air into the vents - I run with the HVAC off, but set to hot in winter once the car is warm if on highways, if it's on city streets at Level 1.
Jan 05, 2003 (3:11 pm)
I got to the HVAC fan, it was easy to remove the glove box. No success with the leaf blower, it was too big to really do any good. I'm going to try again with something smaller, mabey a hair dryer and a good mirror.
Jan 05, 2003 (3:19 pm)
Good luck. A shop vac or vacuum cleaner that can blow might do the trick as well. Flexible hose would give you a lot of mobility.
#1405 of 3738 Turbo whine in my Protege5?
Jan 05, 2003 (3:54 pm)
I know my 5spd Protege5 doen't have a turbo (it would be nice though!), but when I hit 3.5K rpm, there is a distinct whine that sounds like, like a spooling turbo, but much fainter. The vehicle it 8 months old, and has 20K miles on it (I have a 100 mile/day commute). Has anybody else noticed this, or knows what this might be? Also, on a side note, does anyone know of a good Mazda mechanic in Orange County, CA
Jan 05, 2003 (4:07 pm)
It could be Protege5 specific...
I don't own one.
Some manual trannys can be quite whiny at speed.
If your car does it in any gear when you hit that rpm range, then it's not tranny related.
Jan 13, 2003 (11:13 am)
I recently bought a 2003 Protege ES. Beautiful car, but... I took it in after 3 weeks (1300 miles) for a rattling inside the engine. I do a little car repair, and thought it was the heat shield, because it seemed to stop after the engine heated up. They kept it for 2 weeks. I decided to send them a certified letter (lemon law first step). Boy did that get a response! They called me in and said my car was ready. When I got there, they said they couldn't fix it, and Mazda Corp. said it was the sound made when some valve stays closed when the engine is cold to help the vortexing of fuel/air mixture and increase performance. So they developed a calibration for the computer to solve the problem. Thing is, they told the dealer that it probably wouldn't help. And it didn't. And the car performs poorly while making this sound. But be that as it may, they said I must accept the car as is, they will not authorize any more work on it, they are taking away my rental, and I can never bring the car in for a rattling inside the engine again. If in the future they develop a fix for it, I will be called in. When I originally took the car in, they said if they couldn't fix it, they would replace the engine. Well, they lied. Now they expect me to just deal with it. So what about when I try to sell it? Explain to the buyer that the noise is OK? I've heard that Mazda is a good car, with few problems. Well, this is what happens to you if you do have a problem. Any one else with this noise? The other cars on the lot don't make this noise. The service manager checked it out. And he said he would be mad if it were him, but in court he will have to say what Mazda told him to say. They tried to give me this explanation that maybe only that week they made the engine a little different. I'm so frustrated. Please someone respond.
Jan 13, 2003 (11:16 am)
If it's when the car is cold (-10C), a lot of PROs are harder to drive/accelerate/shift gears. So what I do is start the car, let it sit for 30 secs and drive. In 3-5 mins after driving easily (RPMs below 3.000 at all times), the car warms up and becomes a pavement beast.
Jan 13, 2003 (11:26 am)
I wish I could relax, but it only gets to about 40 F on the coldest of days here. When I say the engine is cold, I mean it is about 75 F.