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#2625 of 3742 Radiator Replaced at 32,000KM
Jul 14, 2005 (12:42 pm)
My 2000 Protege with 32,000 KM just had the radiator replaced due to a leak on the bottom tank (made of plastic now apparantly). The Mazda dealership didn't offer any compensation & Mazda Canada was the same - out of warranty - out of luck. I would have expected that a radiator wouldn't need to be replaced at this stage in the game. The car is active despite the low mileage (city & highway). Does anyone know the average operating life of a 2000 Protege radiator?(e.g. # miles or # years = rad should be replaced). Anyone else had to replace the rad under similar circumstances & get compensated? Tips welcome!
#2626 of 3742 Re: Difficulty of repair: water pump 1995 Protege? [gew95001]
Jul 15, 2005 (6:56 am)
Sounds like the water pump might be the issue with the info you described (whining sound is likely worn water pump bearings).
If the 95 Protege is like our 99 Protege, the water pump is a SERIOUS replacement job, since it lives under the timing belt. I wouldn't recommend doing this yourself as you may mess up your timing and cause engine damage.
#2627 of 3742 What About the 1999 Protege Repair Manual
Jul 15, 2005 (6:58 am)
That link for the 2002 Protege Repir Manual is great!
Is there such a link for the 1999 Protege anywhere? If not, will this 2002 manual be applicable to our 1999 Protege for the most part?
And what is the difference between the "FS" and "ZM" vehicles? There are different sections for each of the types (of engines?)?
#2628 of 3742 Re: Buying a Protege 5 [phil_tr8]
Jul 15, 2005 (7:53 am)
Phil, you might want to try the Protege5 discussion.
#2629 of 3742 Re: Radiator Replaced at 32,000KM [lizz]
Jul 15, 2005 (8:26 am)
Five years does seem premature to me for a radiator to rust out; the radiator on my previous car (Toyota Corolla) lasted 10 years and was inexpensive to replace. Perhaps I was lucky and 10 years is exceptional. It would be surprising if your dealer covered an item beyond the stated warranty period. How much did the repair cost you?
With 32K km (roughly 20K miles) your 2000 Protege does not appear to be driven frequently. Does that mean that it sits most of the time in a garage or that you simply drive a few kilometres per day? Did you follow the prescribed coolant replacement schedule? I have not seen the radiator on this vintage of Protege, but I would be surprised if it was made of plastic; perhaps this is a reference to the fan or maybe some housing holding the radiator. Is your car showing signs of rust in other places?
As one mechanic once opined, "one of the worst things you can do to a car is not drive it."
#2630 of 3742 It is plastic.
Jul 15, 2005 (9:33 am)
And the plastic radiator in my 2000 ES was still going along right plastically when I got rid of the car at 91,100 miles.
There's a lot of factuality in that comment about not driving a car being one of the worst things you can do to it. Things need to run, and run often, for seals, engine and transmission parts, and other stuff to be lubricated. Otherwise you've got a rust- and corrosion-prone hunk of steel, rubber and plastic sitting in your driveway.
#2631 of 3742 Re: Radiator Replaced at 32,000KM [lizz]
Jul 15, 2005 (4:37 pm)
The radiator in my 2000 Protege ES was replaced under warranty at ~25,000 miles (I noticed I had been losing coolant).
The dealership had no good explanation as to why it was leaking, and so far that's been the only non-wear or accident-induced repair the car has needed....currently at ~46K.
Good luck, lizz!
Jul 15, 2005 (8:25 pm)
I have a 99 lx pro and lately ive felt like it was takin more power to accelerate thought it was missing but no sign of that i need some help could it be weak plugs
#2633 of 3742 new brakes knocking
Jul 18, 2005 (2:57 am)
I have an '01 Pro ES with ABS. Yesterday I replaced the front rotors and brake pads. Other than it was a real PIA to get the old rotors off (gear puller, hammer, much swearing) the overall results are great. However, there is now a knocking/thumping sound when I apply the brakes. I have heard that new brakes may need time to "seat" themselves. Is this what I'm experiencing or do I need to be more concerned?