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#3066 of 3738 Re: Spark Plug gets bent twice in recent months [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 15, 2006 (9:12 am)
Did you ever get notice of a Mazda recall for this problem with loose throttle screws? I just paid $850 for the dealer to install a whole new intake manifold, which they said was needed to cure the problem correctly. I had one screw banging around in the cylinder, and two waiting inside the manifold to drop down too. The dealer said there was no recall or warranty. I have 66,000 miles on a 2003 Protege 5.
Nov 21, 2006 (10:20 pm)
I have a 99 pro lx and all of a sudden out of the blue the belts made an annoying sound( only in cold or rain) it continued for a couple hundred feet and went away after about 30 sec. keeping in mind it it only happens in these conditions i thought it was water getting in under the car. i took the car to place where i got the belts replace and the guy said i had a leak of some fluid, because there was an oily residue on the belts. he figured it wasnt from the engine because it was only on the outside belt and all my fluids were full so he just cleaned the belts, the sound stopped, and said watch my fluids. now the sound is back after a week and i was wondering if anyone could tell me what the problem is.
#3069 of 3738 Re: annoying sound [zoom zoom king]
Nov 22, 2006 (12:40 am)
If the belts are squeeking though, they didn't tighten them properly. it usually takes 2 people to tighten up the belts
I know it did on my car.
The squeeking noise could be if your car is an automatic check the power steering fluid.
This could squeal as well.
#3070 of 3738 Re: annoying sound [zoom zoom king]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 22, 2006 (10:42 am)
Sometimes old belts will do this. If you can see the belts, look for a shiny glaze on the inside of the belt or for hairline cracks on the inside of the belt. As for the residue, that could just be normal road grime or "weepage". If these are original belts, they are overdue for a change, and probably your radiator hoses too while you're at it.
#3071 of 3738 Tip re Winter Blades for the Protege
Nov 22, 2006 (9:49 pm)
The Trico web site says that 19" and 21" Winter Blades are available, but I have never found them anywhere I have looked.
However, to my surprise, I discovered that 18" and 20" Trico Winter Blades are almost exactly the same length as the Protege OEM 19" and 21" summer blades!
#3072 of 3738 Gas Tank Filler Tube Problem
Dec 06, 2006 (11:18 am)
I originally posted this over on the P5 forums, but since it SHOULD be the same physical setup (as far as I know) with the normal Protege, I am posting it again here. Still looking for advice.
I have a 2002 P5, and last winter (in Maryland), during a standard fill up sometime in December '05, I could only pump about half of a gallon of gas at a time before it would back-fill and overflow. Between each half gallon, I had to wait about 10-15 seconds to let that gallon settle. It wasn't a full tank issue, because I could keep doing this up to the full 10-11 gallons I was down.
This problem continued every single fillup until I drove the car to Florida on a trip for the holidays. In southern Virginia the thermistat broke and stuck close. I limped the car to a mechanic who repaired that problem and the gas fillup problem disappeared as well, though the mechanic said he didn't touch anything else other than the coolant system.
It remained gone for about 2 weeks upon return to Maryland, then it dumped snow one day and the problem came back. This time it didn't go away until late March when it warmed back up again.
During this time, I took it to 2 different mechanics I trust, one who disassembled the entire fuel tank and filler components and didn't find a problem. Everything was lubricated fine and free from damage or defect. The second mechanic put a camera down the filler tube, trying to see if there was any issue that way, and could not detect anything wrong.
Now I have moved to Rhode Island, and it first snowed up here yesterday, and today the problem returned. Half a tank at a time.
This is really frustrating me, and wouldn't be so bad if it only happened in warm weather. The cold and the moisture HAVE to have something to do with it (freezing something in place?), but I can't figure out what or why, or how to fix it.
Any help anyone can give is much appreciated.
I then got this post in response:
"Sounds like the charcoal evaporator canister. I remember my old Saab had that problem. Gets fuel soaked. Iím assuming your mechanics have checked that."
But still looking for further information, as well as anyone with experience dealing with repair/replacement/drainage for the carbon cannister.
#3073 of 3738 help with 2000 protege lx 1.6 dohc
Dec 11, 2006 (12:12 pm)
hello,this is my first time posting here,so i apologize if this is long or confusing.i am car stupid,so bear with me..I recently got a 2000 protege lx from my brother who was deployed to south korea...it was running fine at 1st,but now its giving me problems...it idles right at in between the 0 and 1 rpms gauge...now its only getting like 20 miles to the gallon and its having a hard time picking up speed...when i go up bridges,i basically have to floor it to get up them and even then i lose speed going up the bridge..now its starting to pull coming out of 1st gear...i went to autozone and they hooked it up to the machine and it came back that the mass air flow sensor was intaking too much air and the next code said it was taking in not enough...i also got a code about the intake air temperature sensor and a code saying cylinder 1 misfire..i had a mechanic friend check it out and he said the mass air flow sensor was fine,he checked the voltage and its putting out a little more voltage than it should...he says it could be the computer in the car messing up,but he's kind of stumped...anyone have this problem before or have any input on this would be greatly appreciated...he can fix it if i can give him something to work with...i don't have alot of money to put it in the shop...thanks for any help..i don't have internet access but i can check email on my cell so if anyone has any ideas email me at adam0969yahoo.com please..thanks
#3074 of 3738 Re: help with 2000 protege lx 1.6 dohc [adam0969]
Dec 12, 2006 (10:32 am)
Check the rubber air intake hose for any small cracks. Check the spark plugs. Check the plug wires for abrasion damage and use a multi-meter to check the wires' resistance. These are common problem areas and will produce symptoms similar to what you describe. I believe you have the distributor-less ignition, so you might want to have the coil packs checked too.
#3075 of 3738 Re: Brake Problem Help [ayip]
Dec 16, 2006 (12:45 pm)
I encountered the same brake problem as ayip, msg # 2933 did. I changed brake pads, rotors, and calipers on my 92 Protege and now it's as if I practically have none. My fluid level is fine but the brake pedal travels almost to the floor. Does anyone have a solution?