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#3144 of 3738 2003 Mazda Protege Auto Air Controller
May 27, 2007 (10:38 am)
I have a 2003 Auto Air Controller problem where Mazda said with their manual you need to replace it, which is about $700-800. But who knows what might happen next if this doesnt fix it. In the morning when the engine is cold I have to warm it up for aleast 10 minutes to get it moving where the idles for several minutes. But when it is warm the engine runs fine. I have 79K miles and still have a loan on it. Any ideas?
#3145 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [audproge]
Jun 16, 2007 (7:01 pm)
Could you please explain to me where the spark plugs are located? I can not locate them and do not have amaintenance manual.
Jun 16, 2007 (7:50 pm)
My wife's 2000 Protege ES (Auto) turned 7 years old last week. With over 86,000 miles on the clock, we got it a new Alternator for it's 7th birthday. The Alternator was completely dead & car was running off battery power.
Is there anything else coming up that I can do preventatively?
#3147 of 3738 Re: PCM maybe? [urcrknmeup]
Jun 18, 2007 (1:14 pm)
I am having the same trouble with my 91, has anyone ever solved this mystery?
#3148 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [dodsonar]
Jun 18, 2007 (2:01 pm)
Could you please explain to me where the spark plugs are located?
The spark plugs are mounted in the cylinder head just like any other vehicle. On any DOHC engine, they will be straight through the top of the head.
Perhaps this is a job for your mechanic?
#3149 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [dodsonar]
Jun 19, 2007 (9:13 pm)
LOL, just follow the wires from your distributor cap to the elusive spark plugs..
#3150 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [11b33t]
Jun 20, 2007 (9:14 am)
there is no distributor cap
#3151 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [maltb]
Jun 20, 2007 (7:27 pm)
he's right!! Danged new-fangled models... Thanks to Hali cardomain for this pic from his space...
#3152 of 3738 Re: 2001 Protege Misfire Problem [11b33t]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:03 am)
nice pic. I'm sure that air filter has set off a couple check engine lights but the header size is sweet.
Anyway, if a person can't find the plugs, they should seriously think twice about changing them. I envision a stripped or cross-threaded hole, a broken coil or a boot pulled off of a wire.
#3153 of 3738 acceleration problems, first time poster
Jun 21, 2007 (2:41 pm)
First time poster, who is loving all the info i can get on cars from this site!! I have a 2000 or 2002 mazda protege (its at the shop or i would look to see the exact year, i am inept with car issues sorry). The car was bought used from our family friend mechanic and has around 50000 miles on it. Lately it has been giving me serious trouble when going from stop to go. So much that i took it in to get looked at. Our mechanic says he doesn't know and to take it to a dealer.
Anyway the problem is i can be at a stop light and when the light turns green I push the gas and the car struggles to go. I can feel the engine trying to go and after sometimes up to 10 seconds the car spurts to life. This happens at intersections w/ lights and stop signs, when making turns that i slow down to turn and try to speed back up after making the turn, when i move back out of spots and then put the car in gear. The check engine light has been on for months, which i have had checked out but was told that it is a just an error. My oil was changed approx 1 month ago and I keep that up to date. This problem has been getting worse and is dangerous when i am making turns and trying to merge. Any suggestions on what this could be before i take it to a dealer so I don't get ripped off. I am super grateful for any advice!!