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#2116 of 3742 Air Intake Hose
May 01, 2004 (8:35 am)
The small hairline crack in my Protege's air intake hose recently turned into a small hole. So I ordered the part online and replaced it. Easy fix.
When doing a search for new Mazda Parts online, I didn't find that many competing dealers offering their wares at a discount. I chose one dealer in Birmingham who has an internet site advertising the sale of new Mazda parts. Anyone else know of other sites offering discounted new parts?
The part was $56 with shipping, somewhat steep considering the value of my old car. Thankfully, new parts are not needed very often.
1995 Protege LX 5 spd.- still going strong at 172K miles.
#2117 of 3742 1997 Protege starting problems
May 03, 2004 (7:25 am)
I just bought this for my daughter and changed all the plugs, dist cap and rotor, and runs and starts fine except when it sits overnight and the temp drops in the 30's. It cranks over fine but when it does fire its like a desiel engine then after that start it idles and starts normal. Any help here will be very much appreciated. I have been leaning towards the coolant thermo sensor but anted to here what some of the pro's had to say about this. Oh it has the z5 1.5 with the automatic tranny.
#2118 of 3742 Brake Pedal "Click"
May 03, 2004 (8:50 am)
Been noticing a "clicking" sound when releasing the brake pedal in my Protege...is this something that's "normal"? I had a Toyota that did the same thing years ago.
#2119 of 3742 Protege Starting Problems
May 03, 2004 (8:31 pm)
My '95 Protege has the same engine as yours and it also starts a little loud in the morning when it is cold out. Not as loud as say a diesel truck engine, but louder than a Camry. I attribute this to the iron block/aluminum head combo and the lack of sound isolation in the engine bay. So if we are talking about the same thing, it is normal and not a problem.
If anyone is looking for a cheap driving thrill, then attend the Mazda revitup competition at a city near you. I was at the St. Louis event a couple of weekends ago and had a good time. $40 gets you 10 timed runs in new Mazda 3s and 6s. Eight runs are practice and two are a competition where the fastest time at each weekend event wins an all expense paid trip to the national event at Leguna Seca. I finished 115 out of 906 drivers, not bad for my first try at racing real cars. Oh, and the new Mazda 3 is definitely more fun to drive than my '95 Protege.
#2120 of 3742 Re: Protege Starting Problems [jrdwyer #2119]
May 04, 2004 (12:59 am)
I should have added a little more, there is a problem when it takes 3-4 min. for it to fire off. It cranks over fine but it is not getting ignition or fuel at first and has happened every time outside air temp drops into the 30's. I was hoping this has been a common problem and some else has had this too. I am not getting a check engine light so it makes it even harder to trouble shoot. I pulled Thermo sensor out and ohmed it out and got 192 k ohms cold at room temp.
May 04, 2004 (3:45 am)
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May 04, 2004 (4:12 am)
Change the plug wires.
#2123 of 3742 1999 Protege - vibration
May 04, 2004 (3:53 pm)
1999 Protege ES with automatic transmission (42,000 miles). Recently had alignment. Car rides straight with no vibration at highway speed. However, if you hit passing gear (down shift), there is a vibration that only goes away when the transmission upshifts again. There is no vibration as long as you don't downshift.
#2124 of 3742 And clean or replace the PCV valve.
May 04, 2004 (6:04 pm)
A dirty one can cause the engine controller to make the engine run roughly.
Other things to try: clean injectors, clean valves (you might try an extended highway trip to burn-off some carbon deposits first...it's easier).
#2125 of 3742 But change the plug wires first.
May 05, 2004 (4:31 am)
That other stuff is more expensive, and the plug wire problem has been documented extensively.