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#2271 of 3742 Transmission overdrive flashing light
Nov 11, 2004 (12:49 pm)
Hello i just want some advice i have a 1998 mazda protege and once in a while the overdrive light on the dashboard starts flashing.The yellow check engine light also turns on when this happens with the overdrive light flashing,When this happens the transmission gets stuck in third gear after stopping the car at a red light,The overdrive light turns itself back on the yellow check engine light disappears and the transmission runs normal again.While the other week it will do the same thing again i am trying to figure out what it is because the fluid is fine and it has no leaks can somebody explain why does this happen . Thank you
#2272 of 3742 99es problem fixed
Nov 14, 2004 (9:39 pm)
The engine code suggesting a rare mixture in the bank 1 cylinders was from a leaking intake manifold gasket, not something I would suspect at <40k miles.
#2273 of 3742 Re: engine code & power steering fluid [civiletti]
Dec 02, 2004 (6:02 pm)
I have a 99 Protege ES with 65k mileage. Check engine late came on a couple of weeks ago. I spent $75 to get an engine diagnosis but they did not pin point the problem. They got the light to turn off somehow but it came back on almost immediately after I drove from the repair shop. I returned the car. They did a "smoke test" and told me that they detected a leak in the engine intake casket which was causing the CEL to ignite. Their stimate to replace the gasket and the smoke test was just under $500. I picked up the car again. In the meantime, the car seems to be running fine, although I sometimes feel some hesitation in the idle when the car is stopped at a traffic light.
#2274 of 3742 Re: 99es problem fixed [civiletti]
Dec 02, 2004 (6:04 pm)
How much did they charge. Did you have it done at the dealer.
#2275 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light with codes P0171 and P0455 [doublesix]
Dec 02, 2004 (6:14 pm)
My 99 ES with 65k mileage was diagnosed with the same problem. Did you end up getting this repair done. Estimate for repair: R&R intake manifold $342.70. Parts 44.98. This is in the Washington DC area and a Goodyear Gemini shop.
#2276 of 3742 intake manifold gasket
Dec 03, 2004 (9:03 pm)
Yes, had it replaced for about that amount. I would have done it myself but was already charged for the diagnostic, so i paid. It seems there is a weak spot in the '99es gasketing. It was nothing I could hear, so probably it was a tiny leak. Of course, modern engines are finicky. A small leak could cause problems, at least with emissions levels.
#2278 of 3742 rough idle on '98 Protege, automatic 1.5
Dec 08, 2004 (5:23 am)
symptom: at a red light the car often 'coughs' and the rpms drop to bottom line on tach, then it adjusts back to normal idle, then repeats problem.
I've replaced plugs and plug wires, recently replaced an oxyegn sensor in response to a check engine light, had 2 fuel system cleanings, have used a fuel system additive (Chevron Techron) a few times , and replaced a hose that had a tiny crack. It still does it?? What next o grand and wise Protege wizards near and far? Dealer says problem is NOT a symptom of fuel filter issues? Dealer says an injector may be bad. Does that symptom jive with a bad injector? thanks in advance for any insight etc.!!!!
Dec 08, 2004 (10:27 am)
Those sound like the symptoms my '99LX had when its MAS (Mass Airflow Sensor) went bad. It was covered under a special warranty on that component.
A bad injector may cause rough idle, but then you would probably notice roughness from the engine above idle too.
You may want to check all your vacuum hoses and connections for any potential leaks. A fouled EGR valve may also cause rough idle (and reduced fuel economy).
#2280 of 3742 Automatic transmission behavior
Dec 08, 2004 (11:05 am)
Question to all of you with a 95-98 Protege ES or 99-01 ES (whether 1.8 or 2.0): how do you like the behavior of your automatic? I remember the one thing I couldn't stand about my old MX-6 was the way the transmission was extremely overeager to downshift at low speeds, making city driving a jerky, surging affair.
In Edmunds' 1999 Protege ES review, Wardlaw makes a quick mention of "ill-timed gear changes." Any truth to that?
Oh yeah, and on both the 95-98 and 99+ generations, they noted excellent sound quality. All 99+ models have 6x9 speakers on the rear deck, right? Obviously that does wonders for bass. What about the 95-98s? I don't think any other economy car at the time had 6x9s back there.