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#3259 of 3742 Re: 1995 protege idle issue [schesney]
Feb 05, 2008 (2:10 pm)
timing belt, it has 176, 000 miles on it as far as I know it has never been changed
Highly unlikely that it's the original timing belt - unless you were born under a very lucky star. MOst timeing belts need to be changed at 100K miles. In the case of Mazda the risk of a broken timing belt is disasterous. It sounds like you are due to have yours replaced soon. Unless you are mechanically adept, I'd suggest getting it done by a pro. If you mess up, the timing belt could cook your engine. Then that $500 job is looking like several thousand dollars.
While you're at the garage have them check out the other problem. The EGR problem is fairly easy to diagnose.
#3260 of 3742 Re: 1995 protege idle issue [autonomous]
Feb 06, 2008 (9:11 pm)
Timing belt can be a DIY project if you have the tools, time, instructions, and patience. Small hands help too, since it's very tight.
If you can afford it, pay a professional. If you DIY, seek online help from one of the dedicated mazda forums.
Either way, while you're in there, replace the water pump and all belts. Otherwise you'll be paying the labor all over again.
#3261 of 3742 Re: 1995 protege idle issue [autonomous]
Feb 07, 2008 (8:46 am)
n the case of Mazda the risk of a broken timing belt is disasterous.
The 95 is a non-interference engine.
Some people drive until the timing belt breaks, tow it to a garage and get the belt replaced. You'll have to decide if you want to do that. Just depends on how long you plan to keep the car and what maintenance you want to do.
#3262 of 3742 Re: 1995 protege idle issue [erics6]
Feb 07, 2008 (9:14 am)
"Some people drive until the timing belt breaks, tow it to a garage and get the belt replaced. You'll have to decide if you want to do that. Just depends on how long you plan to keep the car and what maintenance you want to do. "
Of course, it will happen on the way to your job interview with Donald Trump.
#3263 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light Problem. [davidingilbert]
Feb 13, 2008 (6:06 am)
We are having the same problem with our Mazda Protege 2002. Have you figured out the cause? Suggestions?
#3264 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light Problem. [kpresley]
Feb 13, 2008 (2:34 pm)
I too ran across this post from davidingilbert when I started having CEL issues with my '02 P5. There have been several posts regarding this problem since this that would give you a great overview of the challenges we each faced prior to having the problem resolved. In addition to davidingilbert, see posts from winston3x and myself or go directly to posts 1201, 1204, 1219, 1222, 1227-1230, 1235 and 1237. If you want to skip all the history though and cut right to the chase - davidngilbert posted this update (#1187):
Debbi - here is the latest. What they ended up doing was replacing the coils from one Protege and putting it into my wife's car. So far, so good. We only have had the car back a few days, so we are not sure if this is going to work or not. The dealership was not 100% sure either seeing how they can only put so many miles on a car.
I will keep everyone posted.
Replacing both of the coils (in addition to new plugs & wires) proved to be the resolution to my CEL issue as well and so far at least, replacing the coils appears to have solved winston3x's issue as well.
Good luck to you ~
#3265 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light Problem. [debbi1229]
Feb 15, 2008 (5:50 pm)
Hi Debbi, Kpresley!
First, Debbi and the Gang! Goodness, THANK YOU so much! Your kindness in discussing your problem, is helping me resolve my wonderful Misfire Code I hope tomorrow. The Coils will be replaced and then I will update you all to let you know if that did the trick. Already, Sparkies changed, EGR valve cleaned, Fuel Injector Cleaned, so I feel so confident that it is the Coils! What do you all think about getting together a letter to Mazda, to let them know their faulty Coils have caused so many problems for all of us. I love driving my 2002 P5! But I think I had a lemon. It only has 57K miles on it, it had a new transmission replaced in June. I mean the most I drive Zoom Zoom is less than 4 miles a day. I read somewhere that you never should change the transmission fluid in a Mazda. It is odd, a month before I had Tranny issues, I had my fluid changed, and I think that was the culprit for it.
Sorry didn't mean to get on another rant, but thought I would bring up my experience with that too. I have my fingers crossed but again Thank you so much for sharing your information! This is why the internet is awesome!
#3266 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light Problem. [debzoomzoom]
Feb 16, 2008 (2:38 pm)
Update! Okay got coils replaced this morning. Drove about 10 miles CEL back on, but not flashing, Got new code from Autozone. Cat Converter is out! But guess what P 5 friends, I pull out my warranty book. The Cat Converter is covered for 96 months or 80K miles!! Yay! Mine is 72 months with 57K Miles! Dealer will be called monday, and then Yay! zoom Zoom I hope will be fixed! The good news though, my car did not have the shakes and drove very good!!!
Zoom Zoom Zoom!
#3267 of 3742 High idle at start up
Feb 16, 2008 (10:02 pm)
I have a 1992 Protege, 1.8 SOHC. When I start it cold, the idle is around 2000-2500
rpms. Any clues?
#3268 of 3742 Re: Check Engine Light Problem. [debzoomzoom]
Feb 19, 2008 (6:40 am)
debzoomzoom ~ sorry to hear about your cat, lucky for you though that it's still under warranty...unfortunately mine isn't And about getting together to write a letter to Mazda regarding this problem, I'm all for it! I had thought about doing one on my own but pulling together to write one is an even better idea! Of course the selfish side of me hopes that by writing a letter that Mazda would cover some of our expenses but I would be happy if it would make techs (especially the ones working at the dealerships) aware of this problem so other p5 owners don't have to go through what we all have. Looking forward to hearing how replacing your cat works for you.... Debbi