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#3274 of 3742 A couple of Questions- Mazda Protege 97
Feb 22, 2008 (6:34 am)
Hey there, I recently inherited a 1997 Mazda Protege from my grandmother. Car runs great, for the most part. Just a couple of questions. The engine light came on about a week and a half ago, so I had my uncle look at it, and he determined that the oil needed to be changed so he helped me take it in for an oil change, and told me that the engine light "might take a while" to go off, it's been more than a week now and it's still on.
Also, the right rear brake light isn't coming on, not sure how long that's been happening, can someone tell me what that would cost to fix?
#3275 of 3742 Re: A couple of Questions- Mazda Protege 97 [skittles_]
Feb 25, 2008 (12:18 pm)
Skittles - Although it is possible that the oil in your '97 needed to be changed, I do not believe the "Check Engine Light" would come on for that. I do not believe Mazda's maintenance system was advanced back then to determine when you should change the car's oil. There most likely is something else going on with your car that may need some attention. If you take it to Checker's or some place like that, they should be able to plug into your car's diagnostic computer and tell you what's up for free. Call first before you cruise over.
In terms of your rear brake light, it most likely is just the bulb. If it costs $5.00, I think that is a lot. As long as you are at Checker's, let them look at it and see what they can figure out.
#3276 of 3742 CEL - Intake Leak? - Timing Belt
Feb 28, 2008 (6:10 pm)
Took my 2000 Protege to dealership for service the other day. My car has 78000 miles and for the last two years we only put 5000 miles (since we bought our other car)
Except the CEL light that comes on/off intermittently, I did not have any problems. However, I asked the service to run the 60k service for peace of mind within this year. On top of the ~$400 I was charged, here is what they came up with:
1) CEL Code: 171 - Lean fuel - possibly because of a leaking intake gasket ($500)
2) Timing Belt - Because it is time to replace it !! ($399)
3) Engine mounts ??
4) Rear sway bar links and bushings ??
4) New oil ran ??
I am driving the car only once a week and already spent $400 for this service. What do you guys thin ? Do I (urgently) need any of the listed above?
I guess in case I decide to sell the car, I will need to have at least the first two done!!
#3277 of 3742 Re: A couple of Questions- Mazda Protege 97 [davidingilbert]
Feb 29, 2008 (10:33 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I got the brake light replaced and my uncle took another look at the car and can't seem to find anything going on, which is weird.
On the other hand, I'm just having bad luck haha, I seem to have somehow broken the cover for my front right turn signal, could any of you tell me what that could cost to replace? Also, is it normal for the right blinker to blink super fast if the cover's broken?
#3278 of 3742 Re: CEL - Intake Leak? - Timing Belt [arabam]
Mar 01, 2008 (9:17 pm)
1) CEL 171 Lean fuel
Does it idle rough? Check the air intake tube for cracks. That's the large tube between the air cleaner box and the intake manifold. They tend to crack in the ribbed area. About a $35 part. Also could be caused by a vacuum leak. Look/listen for sucking noise.
2) Timing belt - yep, time to replace it. Pretty difficult job for DIY
3) Engine Mounts - if they're broken, then need to be replaced.
4) Rear sway bar end-links and bushings. Fairly easy DIY project.
4) New oil pan. Why?
I'd get a second opinion on the engine mounts, end-links, and oil pan.
#3279 of 3742 Re: A couple of Questions- Mazda Protege 97 [skittles_]
Mar 01, 2008 (9:20 pm)
Did you get the Check Engine Light (CEL) scanned, to get the code? Local auto parts store will probably do that for free. You need the code.
Fast blinking light will be because a bulb is burned out. Try to find a replacement at a local junk yard.
#3280 of 3742 Re: CEL - Intake Leak? - Timing Belt [downtube]
Mar 03, 2008 (8:09 am)
Thanks for the comments.
Yes - the top of the air cleaner box is cracked; it seems like a relative easy-to-change part, but I could not find this part in none of the online part suppliers; may be I am not searching with the correct part name?
They quoted $399 for the timing belt repair - which I thought was not THAT bad!
#3281 of 3742 Re: '92 with Cooling Problems [altair4]
Mar 05, 2008 (4:23 pm)
What did you ever find to be the problem with this?
Mar 06, 2008 (9:17 am)
I have a Mazada Protege' 01 and i am looking to replace the Cam Sensors, it keep bucking and dying out suddenly. From a Diag. it is my CAM Sensors is this a hard fix that will require a mechanic knowledge.
#3283 of 3742 Re: No start when hot [harbiho]
Mar 06, 2008 (1:42 pm)
Did you fix that cam sensor your self? I have an 01 Mazada that is doing that to me and that is what the Diag. determined it to be also. Was that difficult?? was just wondering.
Thanx in advance for any thing you can provide also.