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#328 of 3742 Mazda Protege 1996
May 07, 2001 (9:26 pm)
I bought a used car from a Mazda dealer shop in Austin (December, 2000).
Air filter is soaked whenever it rains relatively heavy. (Of course,it is already soaked while parked in front of my place before driving)
I would have to take out the filter to be dried each time it happen.. But, it doesn't always work. Of course, I would have to stop running the vehicle when seeing the engine warning signal and/or smelling engine burns while driving.
Finally, this early morning my car stop on the way to school. I was so much scared..
Just wonder how the water leaks through the air filter container box when it rains.
Would anyone have any similar problems to mine? Also, any comments or advices are welcome. Thanks.
May 08, 2001 (4:27 am)
No, the deealer said they need 3 hours (about 200$) to find out the problem.
#330 of 3742 RE: yangkr
May 08, 2001 (7:42 am)
I remember reading somewhere that if the fender was replaced and not properly sealed with body caulking, it could channel water right into the air box. I think it only happens when the vehicle is parked at a particular angle.
What to do:
Park the car where you normally do. Take a hose and turn it on with a slow flow going over the top of the fender and hood. Then lift the hood and look to see where traces of water have gone. You should be able to trace it and seal the proper areas.
#331 of 3742 99 Protege Rear Brakes
May 16, 2001 (8:48 am)
Anyone know the trick to remove the rear wheel cylinder's on this car. After removing the wheel, there are two screws on the cylinder which I removed. Have not had any success removing it after doing this. The only other thing I can think of is there is a small cap that looks like it could be removed, maybe providing access to another nut of some kind but I don't think this would be probable. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated as I'm trying to avoid purchasing the $115 manual from the dealer! Thanks,
#332 of 3742 RE: 99 Protege Rear Brakes
May 16, 2001 (10:38 am)
just those two bolts.... Give the cylinder a few light taps with a hammer to loosen any rust and should come right off. You have removed the brake shoes, right? Also that small cap on the back is the cover for the bleeder screw. If you aren't sure what that is, I suggest you seek some help from an enlightened friend.
Also, factory shop manuals are worth every bit of the $100 they cost. NEVER waste your time with a Chilton's or Haynes.
#333 of 3742 Bridgestone Potenza RE92 whining tire noise...
May 16, 2001 (11:44 am)
Hello, I have a 2000 Protege LX (Canadian Car) with the
Bridgestone Potenza RE92 (195/55.15) tires. After about
3500KM of use the tires started to develop whine between
50KPH to 80KPH. Has any other owners of Proteges reported
simular issues with these tires? The whining was not that bad
during the winter, but now that it is summer, the whining is
getting alot worse.
Thanks in advance.
#334 of 3742 Nearly everyone...
May 16, 2001 (12:03 pm)
...I. have talked to says the Potenzas are noisy. Maybe that's why the 2001s are coming with Dunlops.
#335 of 3742 Pro ES (Auto) MPG ?
May 17, 2001 (5:06 am)
My wife drives 2000 ES (Auto) that now has about 9K miles on it. The fuel economy has been bad to terrible since the day one. At t5he beginning I thought that after breaking in the car it would improve. Well 9K seems enough to me. When complained earlier this year, the dealer said that it's because of the "winter" gasuline here in Northern CA (SF Bay Area) and that nothing is wrong. True - MTBE and other oxygenates decrease the MPG figure, but not to that extent I believe.
Now the fuel is not "winter" type and the car is still doing 22 MPG on 70% city 30% hwy driving.
And she's not a heavy foot by all means. Tried different gas - almost no difference (Chevron seems to be the best btw). Before the last oil change I used a bottle of Techron injector cleaner - didn't help.
I thing that's horrible for such a car (EPA 24-29).
What do you guys think? Anybody from Northern CA to share their numbers?
#336 of 3742 RE: MPG ?
May 17, 2001 (6:53 am)
There are so many factors that affect mileage.
What speed does she drive on the highway?
Does she vary the throttle excessively when cruising?
A/C or defrost on all the time?
Very hilly terrain?
My suggestion would be to swap cars and run a tank of gas through there on your own.
#337 of 3742 Higher Octan Gas...
May 17, 2001 (9:48 am)
Has any other Protege owner tried running on a higher octane fuel
then the 87 octane recommended in the owners manual? and if so,
did you have any problems using the higher octane fuel?