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#2532 of 3742 1995 Mazda Protege
Jun 03, 2005 (6:56 pm)
Okay so I crashed my mazda in a ditch and basically ruined the whole right steering system on the passenger side. (CB joint, shock assembley, steering arm, tie rod, control arm etc). Luckily I have a car savvy friend who said as long as I get the parts he can fix it.
Considering there is about a million parts he said it would just be easier to take everything off and put in a whole new system. Problem is I really dont know what everything grouped together is called, or what I am even searching for.. I am completly utterly lost. Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
#2533 of 3742 Repairing your Protege ...
Jun 04, 2005 (6:44 am)
How about starting with a good manual? You can try Haynes' Chilton Guide to the Protege available from Autozone or Amazon or even your public library.
#2534 of 3742 Re: charge lights on [sliu1]
Jun 04, 2005 (3:45 pm)
I have a 93 Protege that is starting to have the same problem. I replaced the battery once and the altinator three times since I bought it a few months ago. The charge light didn't come on then, the car would just die if the battery died, and I'd charge the battery again. It's been a week since the car got out of the shop with a newly installed altinator, it's been running fine but now my battery light comes on all the time. Sometimes it flickers, sometimes it's bright (when I'm maintaining a speed). I tested it twice at Autozone and both the battery and altinator are testing strong. Could it be a sensor? I just noticed that the vacuum hose is unclipped and couldn't find the place to clip it back. Also, my engine makes a bad rattling sound when I start it, someone said it sounds like the engine mount. I'm taking it for an emissions diagnostic Monday. Hopefully its a small problem like a sensor.
#2535 of 3742 Protege sat unused, now loud scraping sound
Jun 05, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Broke my ankle badly and so my 2002 5-speed Protege ES sat unused for the last 3 months. Just tried driving it. First, it didn't want to move at all, it felt like it was "stuck" in place until I accelerated more and it finally budged. I only drove a short distance because it's making a really loud metalic scraping sound as I drive. The noise reminds me of the sound of something metal being dragged along the ground (but nothing is being dragged of course...) My dealer is kind of far away so I probably have to go local...any ideas of what the problem could be?
Jun 05, 2005 (1:28 pm)
This may sound silly, but if your emergency brake is "on", that is exactly the sort of sound you will hear.
#2537 of 3742 Re: fro jpmazda [alternator]
Jun 05, 2005 (1:51 pm)
No, the E brake wasn't on when I drove. Wish it were that easy :>) Thanks.
#2538 of 3742 Re: Squealing Belts Solution/Cause [rdl2001]
Jun 05, 2005 (6:10 pm)
I have been fighting the squealing belt on my daughter's car for several months.
Very much the same thing.. Change the belt, squeal, tighten, squeal, bust, replace, tighten, squeal.. replace alternator... repeat. I paid to have the waterpump and timing belt replaced... it was a nightmare, but I am beginning to wonder about the waterpump. and the shimming..
Please advise if your waterpump shimming method works
#2539 of 3742 mazda protege es missing/engine noise
Jun 06, 2005 (2:46 pm)
1999 Mazda Protege ES with 51000 miles misses at 3000 rpm in high gear (automatic) and is very noisy at idle at the timing belt end of the engine. Also sounds as if a spark is jumping somewhere near the timing belt end at idle.....I'm waiting for the sun to go down! Car was running perfectly prior to a highway trip at 80 mph. Where should I start? Car seems to run fine at 70-80 mph.
#2540 of 3742 mazda protege es missing/engine noise
Jun 06, 2005 (5:05 pm)
well I dug into it a little bit further.........bought an Actron OBD-II Autoscanner and found no codes. Pulled the valve cover off and found a groove worn in the timing belt and a spring stuck up in the valve cover above the cam gears.....not sure what that spring was/is for (maybe for an idler pulley?), but I hope not too many pieces are missing! I guess it's time to take it over to my favorite Mazda dealer......I change the timing belt on a Mazda 929 once with DOHC and I will never do that again.
#2541 of 3742 Re: Squealing Belts Solution/Cause [rdl2001]
Jun 07, 2005 (6:47 am)
I had the same problem with mine. I will provide you with the series of events. Went through several Dayco belts(Pep Boys), and one on this forum felt that the belts I was using was a problem. After at least 3 Dayco belts went bad very prematurely, I searched for a Gates belt, found that NAPA belts are made by Gates, and installed one. I also was hearing bearing noise which I believed was the water pump. Shortly after, the car broke down, with both belts missing. I found that the air conditioning compressor bearing was frozen, thus throwing the belts i believe. I again installed a gates alternator belt, and a power steering belt without the AC connected. It has been fine since. OK, from all of this, I never was able to verify whether the Gates belt fixed the problem since the air compressor froze up shortly thereafter. It would not seem that the AC compressor was causing the original problem with the alternator , as it is driven from a seperate belt, but the problem is now gone. Although I can't explain it, I think the AC compressor may have somehow been contributing to the problem, if not, then the difference in belts did fix the problem. Did you have the problem with Gates belts from the start, if so, try a belt that does not include the AC to rule that out, if equipped. Hope this helps.