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#3127 of 3742 2000 Mazda Protege "Belt Issues"- Squealing Belt
Mar 16, 2007 (9:53 am)
I purchase a 00 Protege brand new about 7 years ago. I had no real issues with it until I hit about 135K miles. I have gone through 7 belts in the past 6 months. It's not the same belt though. Once it was my serpentine belt and then once I changed that my water pump belt would go. I took it to a mechanic about 2 weeks ago to have him check it and he said that he didn't see anything out of the ordinary. He said that all my pulley's are okay and nothing looked wrong. I still have a squealing belt (normally only when the heater is on). I can't figure it out nor can my father, father-in-law. Does anyone have any idea what would be causing the squeal?
#3128 of 3742 98 with some electrical.... quirks
Mar 20, 2007 (11:31 am)
I have a 98 Protege with 112000 mi. Within the last year, I've been having some electrical issues. I have one headlamp that dims, then after a few weeks it goes out, followed shortly thereafter by the other going completely out. I replace them both and they both work fine for a few weeks, then the cycle starts again. In addition, I was pulled over (on New Years Eve, of all times) because my brakelights apparently stopped working when my headlights were on. The brakelight problem has not happened again since then, but I'm assuming it's only a matter of time. I'm also spending a small fortune in headlamps that need replacing every two months or so. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do short of replacing pieces of my entire electrical system one-by-one until the problem stops?? Please help me! I like my car, but I'm going broke!!!
#3129 of 3742 wierd rubbing noise?
Mar 20, 2007 (11:13 pm)
I have a 2002 Pro 2.0 LX, and recently i was driving in a snow storm and gently slid off the road i hit a small pile of snow thinking nothing of it i kept driving home, then i realized my steering wheel was not straight when the wheels were and i could hear a rubbing noise from the passenger side wheel..next day i put it on the lift, saw nothing broken or damaged at all, then i reved it up and saw nothing wrong but i still hear something rubbing..maybe wheel bearing?...please help!!!
#3130 of 3742 Re: wierd rubbing noise? [2002pro2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 21, 2007 (7:24 am)
best go to an alignment shop (not a chain store). You could have bent a tie rod but perhaps it's nothing more than a quick alignment. The rubbing might be a dislodged piece of plastic liner under there.
#3131 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege "Belt Issues"- Squealing Belt [acletner]
Mar 23, 2007 (5:09 am)
I've experienced similar issues ... (2002 Mazda Protege ES)
I've changed my belts twice in a week. I've had the belts retensioned three times!
I have a terrible squealing noise ... not sure if it's the actual belt(s) or the alternator.
I priced alternators for this vehicle and went into shock!
$179 to $300 +
Have you had any success in resolving your issues ...?
#3132 of 3742 Re: 2000 Mazda Protege "Belt Issues"- Squealing Belt [kajun58]
Mar 27, 2007 (4:46 am)
The classic belt squeal/slip occurs when the belt is wet like after driving through a big puddle on heavy rain days.
The belts do stretch over time, but you shouldn't have to re-tighten them more than once a year tops. I think Gates belts are better than most.
The alternators on the Protege are generally good, but if it does go bad you could have a local alternator/starter shop rebuild it for probably $50-$100. This would require the car to be down for a few days.
#3133 of 3742 98 protege ES problems and diagnostics
Mar 29, 2007 (7:09 am)
My car is 1998 Protégé ES, 1.8, 5spd. Recently I started to experience 2 problems simultaneously, which I didn’t want to relate one to another.
Firstly, my car’s fuel efficiency declined. Normally, I would get 29.5-30.5 miles per gallon. These days it is always below 28mpg. So, I decided to check the engine. I removed spark plugs and noticed black soot on them, which tells you that too much gas goes into the cylinders. I started from checking fuel pressure regulator but it does work good as test showed. Second thing I’ve checked – the Oxygen Sensor. I ran test on it and it is definitely working. My check engine light is not ON either.
This is time to jump to my second issue.
When I drive, I noticed that my tachometer jumps up and then back down. For example, if I drive consistently with engine speed 3000 RPM. Looking at tachometer I would notice that the arrow would suddenly jump up to 3500 and immediately go down back to 3000. This happens sometimes every 5 seconds, sometimes just a few times on 20 miles trip. The engine sound doesn’t change, nothing hesitates, nothing else is happening besides the tachometer readings.
So, at first I didn’t want to tie these two issues together and now, after I checked engine parts for operability, I think may be this is tied together. May be a central computer (if there is one) is malfunctioning and causing a few issues at once.
Curious if anyone else got something like this?
#3135 of 3742 Mazda Protege A?T warning light come on when go over 70
Apr 05, 2007 (8:27 pm)
I have MAZDA PROTEGE 2002 65k mile. It's been 3 weeks steering wheel is shaking when it is between 60 to 70 mph. When i go over 70 mph i feel like car is hesitating to go, and then suddenle for a secon rpm goes to 4000 to 5000. It feels like engine going to drop on high way. My A/T ( Automatic Transaxle warning light flashes with engine ligh). Some times it happens when i reduce my speed to make complete stop, rpm goes to 3000 while my feet on break. Last week i change the transmission oil. but i still have same problem. when i go less then 60mph car goes well. Any one tell me what would be the problem?
#3136 of 3742 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [ee74]
Apr 10, 2007 (9:34 pm)
I have a 2000 Protege DX, 60k miles, manual transmission.
It has been doing a strange thing, mainly at freeway speeds of 60-75mph it does this little back and forth type jerk, doesn't slow down but the "jerks" range from small and lite to hard.
This is the second time my car is doing this, the first time they diagnosed the ignition coils were having white marks from wear and tear, those were replaced and it fixed the problem. Now its doing it again. I had the coils replaced again about 2 months ago and it did not fix the problem,
Any one experience these littel "jerks" i'm about to give up, no one can figure out what is causing it and no codes ever show up. This is getting expensive.