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#2522 of 3742 1999 protege cutting out during acceleration
May 25, 2005 (6:42 am)
My 1999 mazda protege has 100,000 miles five speed. It has never had a problem until recently. It has started cutting out at about 2500 rpm. It only does it when it is hot and only at one spot on the foot feed. When I push the foot feed down more or let off it seems to stop. I have new plugs, wires, and filters and don't think they are a problem. The service engine light comes on, I had it checked and said the fuel mixture was to lean. but nothing else. Need some help.
#2523 of 3742 1995 Protege makes grinding/scraping sound when gas pedal is released
May 25, 2005 (10:26 am)
Okay, this is my first time posting here on edmunds, so i want to thank you all for your help and apologize if this question has been answered before, i looked but did not see it. Here it is, i have a 95 protege, 5-speed. The car drives fine, but after shifting into second gear or above, as soon as i release the throttle, i get a grinding sound/vibration that can be felt throughout the car. This happens in gears 2-5 and only when i don't give it any gas. As soon as i step on the gas pedal, the noise stops, and as soon as i let up, it starts up again. It doesn't seem to affect the power or anything, but i'm getting pretty worried about it. The noise will continue even if i put the car in neutral. this makes me think its not a transmission problem, maybe something with the axle??? any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
#2524 of 3742 charge lights on
May 28, 2005 (6:06 am)
My Mazda Protege 2000 has 70,000 miles on it and the charge light comes on sometimes. This started occuring recently. I measured the charge voltage, and it is as high as 18 volt when the light is not ON and when it went down to 16 when the charge light started on. I went to a shop and tested the battery. It's OK but the alternator is bad. Then I bought a alternator and replaced it. About a week later, the light went on again. I brought the alternator back to the shop and they tested the alternator. The stator was bad so replaced it with another one. When I installed it, the light kept on. The voltage is 14.2 when engine is on and 13.2 when the engine is off. The shop tested it and the stator was bad again. They refunded my money and I bought one from another shop. The charge light now is occasionally on. & the belt is adjusted well. I don't what the heck is wrong with the car . Thanks in advance for advice.
#2525 of 3742 Re: Programing instructions for 1997 Protege [sammazda]
May 28, 2005 (10:19 am)
I don't know if this will work for a 97 but here is a previous key programming post...
1. Open driver's door
2. Turn the key to on position (not ACC, but ON)
3. Turn the key off and REMOVE it.
4. Repeat the last 2 steps two times removing the key each time. Keep the key out.
5. Press the light switch in the door (that turns the light off when the door closes) three times.
6. There should be a chime similar to when your seatbelt is not fastened. (Mine did not chime but the door locks went down)
7. Press the lock button on your remote two times
#2526 of 3742 Re: MAZDA PROTEGE '95 VIBRATION [mkr8847]
May 29, 2005 (11:48 am)
did you get a response for your 95 mazda protege vibration post. I too have a 95 mazda protege and it goes the same thing. At idle it runs fine but when in park and stopped (waiting on a light to turn green) it vibrates quite a lot. Temporaroy fix is to put it in neutral but I want a permanent fix. Please let me know if you have found a fix for the problem as I am barely starting to look into it. Bought this car used a month ago.
#2527 of 3742 Squealing Belts Solution/Cause
May 29, 2005 (4:57 pm)
Wife's car 95 Protege has had recurring problem with loud squealing of alternator belt when starting/ belt premature failure. I've searched this forum and have found several similar tales. Today while replacing said belt AGAIN (Run Forrest Run) I took the time to check the pulley alignment and, lo and behold, the water pump pulley was about 1/16 th inch out of alignment towards the engine with respect to the drive shaft pulley and the alternator pulley. Very simple to check with a good straight edge (steel ruler) placed against the drive shaft pulley. The alternator is driven from the direction of the water pump so this 1/16 th off center is putting a substantial lateral load on the belt which probably causes overheating, edge friction/wear and eventually leads to glazing and squeal. Replacing the belt temporarily fixes the problem as does over tensioning. Interestingly several posters have mentioned that the squeal sometimes gets worse when the air conditioner is turned on which is counter-intuitive. This actually makes sense since it is increasing the work load of the alternator (electric clutch) which thereby puts an increased tension on the belt segment between the water pump and the alternator. Putting on the headlights can also do this. Anyhow, solution is to shim the waterpump pulley- might also need to get slightly longer mounting screws. In retrospect it now all makes sense because, as far as we can recall, problem began after I had changed the water pump (with a remanufactred part). A great site/reference is http://www.gates.com/brochure.cfm?brochure=1026.
Hope this has been helpful to someone.
#2528 of 3742 CODE PO171
May 30, 2005 (9:45 am)
TRYING TO GET MY 99 PROTEGE THROUGH STATE EMISSIONS HAS BECOME A REAL HASSLE. WITH A STEADY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT THE CODE PO171 BANK 1 KEEPS COMMING UP (ENGINE RUNNING TOO LEAN).REPLACING THE O2 SENSOR AT $192.00 DIDN'T HELP. REPLACING A TORN FRESH AIR INLET HOSE ALSO DIDN'T CORRECT IT. ANY SUGGESTIONS BEFORE I GO BROKE?
#2529 of 3742 Re: CODE PO171 [pistol]
May 30, 2005 (1:57 pm)
I had this same code problem on my 99 ES and it turned out that the intake manifold was bad and the gasket had to be replaced. The part itself was cheap, but the labor turned out to cost me an arm and a leg, but I had no other choice. Talk to your mechanic or delaer and see if replacing this helps.
May 30, 2005 (10:26 pm)
Check for a leaky intake manifold gasket.