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Mazda Protege, Sedan
Feb 07, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Here are some ideas for solving your problem.
1. Vacuum Leak. Check all hose connections.
2. Leaking EGR valve.
3. Air Filter clogged.
4. Fuel pump not delivering enough fuel.
5. Leaking head gasket.
6. Timing belt and/or pulleys worn.
7. Camshaft lobes worn.
Engine hard to start when hot:
1. Air filter clogged.
2. Fuel not reaching the fuel injection system.
3. Corroded battery terminals, especially ground.
4. Faulty coolant temp. sensor or intake air temp. sensor.
Source: Haynes Automotive Repair Manual, Mazda 323 and Protege, 1990 thru 1997.
Feb 07, 2005 (2:37 pm)
If you have not already cleaned your EGR valve, I just looked under the hood on my '95 1.5 and the valve is located just under the intake manifold near the center of the engine, firewall side. It has two small vacuum hoses on the sides and one electricial clip on the top. It is all metal with a sphere shaped or flat-round head. It is not far from the fuel filter, but much more accessible. It is relatively easy to remove with a swiveling ratchet extension.
Feb 08, 2005 (5:49 am)
Great responses, Joe! I don't have any problems with my Pro5 but I appreciate that there is someone out there looking out for some solutions!
#2320 of 3742 Timing belt strategy
Feb 08, 2005 (10:42 am)
I'm a novice when it comes to cars. I don't know anything to be honest. I would be very glad if you help me out with some pieces of advice.
Here's the story: I bought a Mazda Protege 1999 last fall. Stupid as I am I forgot to ask about if the timing belt was changed. Now the car has approx. 120000 miles. If it hasn't been changed - now it's the time. If if has been changed twice - I guess I still have to have someone check it out. Is it hard for a mechanic to find out if it is time to change it? How much is it approx. to change it? I'm about to sell the car in about four months - is it still worth the trouble? Any ideas?
Thanks in advance!
#2321 of 3742 Check your owner's manual.
Feb 08, 2005 (12:26 pm)
The recommended interval for changing the timing belt on my 2000 ES is 105,000 miles. Yep, 105K.
Mechanics really won't be able to check it because you have to basically pull everything apart to see it -- and by that time you've done all the expense (labor) of changing the belt, which is only about $50 for the part.
Keep in mind the Protege's engine is a "non-interference" engine, which means if the timing belt breaks, the engine will stop -- but valves won't slap into the pistons and total the car (like on some cars, like many Hondas). If you have AAA or a comparable driving club membership that will tow you and you don't mind the inconvenience of a sudden breakdown, go ahead and drive it until the belt breaks.
The only other alternative is to chomp the projectile and get it changed!
#2322 of 3742 Re: Check your owner's manual. [mdaffron]
Feb 08, 2005 (5:51 pm)
Actually it is easy to check the condition of the timing belt. The top half of the cover is held on with a couple of bolts. Rotate the engine with the coil wire disconnected, a little at a time check the inside face of the belt with a mechanics mirror.
A reputable garage can perform this test in about a half hour, and tell you the relative condition of the belt.
#2323 of 3742 ... but a reputable garage mechanic ...
Feb 09, 2005 (5:29 am)
... will be the first to tell you that it's hard to judge the age of a timing belt, and its internal condition, by looking at a straight length of it under tension. It's where it bends around a pulley that it shows its cracks, and since you're trying to look at it while it's installed on the car, there's no way to look at the part that's around the pulley without removing it. And I guarantee you NO reputable mechanic will give you any kind of written or unwritten warranty on how much time/mileage is left on it.
I've tried that.
#2324 of 3742 Re: Timing belt strategy [linuxius]
Feb 09, 2005 (5:41 am)
"Here's the story: I bought a Mazda Protege 1999 last fall. Stupid as I am I forgot to ask about if the timing belt was changed ... I'm about to sell the car in about four months ... Any ideas?
This may seem obvious but have you asked the seller of the car about this? Considering the cost of this service, the seller may have records or may be able to tell you. If he cannot tell you, I would think the responsible thing to do is to tell the next person purchasing your car that you do not know whether the timing belt needs to be replaced soon.
TIP: Always ask for maintenance records when purchasing a used vehicle
#2325 of 3742 Evaporative Emissions System Leak
Feb 10, 2005 (3:33 pm)
The CEL on my 1997 Mazda Protege recently went on and stayed on. My mechanic diagnozed it as an evaporative emissions system problem (the evaporated gasoline from the fuel tank is meant to be absorbed in a charcoal canister and sucked into the engine through a valve) and wants to replace the canister purge valve. He claims that this part costs $250 dollars and has an electrical component inbuilt into it. I looked at online autopart sites but cant find this part available for this year and model.
Does anyone know whether this sounds like an honest quote? Sounds like robbery to me.