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#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.
#3137 of 3742 Re: Mazda Protege A?T warning light come on when go over 70 [tyengec]
Apr 11, 2007 (8:41 am)
I would take it into the shop as it could be several things. I and many others have had issues with the EGR valve; the car appears to want to stall and then to surge. The fix: a new EGR valve. I drive a 2002 Protege5 automatic; for the most part the car has been very reliable.
#3138 of 3742 Problem with idle?
Apr 18, 2007 (2:49 pm)
I have a 1998 Mazda Protege LX, after I had done a tune-up to it. I notice that on the hood it says the idle speed should be 750 rpm with the car set in park. I can get it to idle at 750rpm but when I put it in drive it idle low below 500rpm and when I turn on the airconditioning it idle around 100rpm. Sometimes it even turns off. If I put it back to the way it was for everything to work I have to set the idle at 1300rpm. What do I have to do to get it to idle at 750rpm like it says to. Thanks Victor
#3139 of 3742 Re: Problem with idle? [chewy62]
Apr 18, 2007 (3:31 pm)
You should not need to set the idle speed screw if the Idle Air Control Valve is working properly. Also, are you adjusting the idle air screw or the throttle adjustment screw? Changing either one can affect more that your idle speed in park. However, since you are already playing with one of those screws, you need to make sure that you follow the proper procedure for adjustment found in the factory service manual. I believe this involves connecting the proper tool to the data link connector and setting it to adjustment mode.
The other option (likely the smart one) is to go see your dealer.
#3140 of 3742 relacing crankshaft seal,timing belt, and water pump.
Apr 26, 2007 (5:53 pm)
I am planning on purchasing a 99 DX Protege with 70,000 miles which is very clean and original. It is leaking oil from the crankshaft or camshaft seal. The shop of course needs to replace the timing belt and also wants to change the water pump and all the belts and valve cover gasket. The price is $700. Does this sound fair?
Apr 27, 2007 (12:59 am)
I bought a 2000 Protege ES two months ago with 177000 miles on it. Now i might sound crazy for buying a car which has that much mileage on it. But it was a love at first sight when i saw it. It had a full stereo system with dvd monitors and a lot of other bells and rings. The most appealing part was when i test drove the car. the 1.8 l engine coupled with the 5 spd tranny made me feel like i was driving a supercharged car comparing to my 93 civic with auto. And the price was al right. Since the purchase i've been challenging a lot of cars on the road and it shines in it's class. But recently i have noticed the idling problem and i am gonna work on that tomorrow. And by the way plz let me know if anybody recognizes my car (you may be the previous owner) It is a silver 2000 Protege ES with tinted windows, kenwood monitors, magnaflow exhaust, and clarion sub woofers in the trunk.