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#3306 of 3742 1990 Mazda 323 (Protege) will not start on a rainy day
Apr 28, 2008 (6:35 am)
I have a strange problem with my 1990 Mazda Protege (323 - 1.8L DOHC) - the car starts up fine on a dry and sunny day but it will not start on a rainy day or if it has rained hard the previous day and there is some moisture in the air and on the windshield.
It cranks but it will not start on these kind of days but on a sunny day it will start right up like nothing is wrong with it. I had the battery amps checked and eventhough the battery is 4 years old, it is cranking out the right amps and so that can be ruled out as the problem.
One of my coworker is telling me that this is due to some moisture issues and I need to replace the rotor and rotor cap....does any one else have this issue? What could be the problem here?
#3307 of 3742 1996 Protege rough idling
Apr 28, 2008 (6:38 am)
When sitting at a light the engine will run slightly rough for a few seconds then get worse where I think it will stall then kick back up to a slightly rough idle. It hasn't stalled yet. When driving, the engine seems to run fine (in town and at highway speeds).
The check engine light will also come on about once a week with a P0170 code. According to the book my OBCD reader came with it is a 'Fuel Trim Malfunction'.
I'd appreciate some suggestions on what I should look at.
EGR valve replaced three years ago (at a shop)
I put in a new alternator and belt 1 month ago (did I damage something while removing the old alternator??)
#3308 of 3742 Re: 1990 Mazda 323 (Protege) will not start on a rainy day [coolpete]
Apr 28, 2008 (7:55 am)
I haven't had that problem with my Protege, but I did have a mercury that if the engine got wet it would stall, turned out I had a crack in my rotor cap....so you might try to change the rotor or find some way to seal it with a moisture proofer to keep the moisture out of it.
#3309 of 3742 1990 Mazda 323 (Protege) will not start on a rainy day
Apr 28, 2008 (11:22 am)
How do I locate the rotor cap on the Protege? Is it easy to replace?
#3310 of 3742 Re: 1990 Mazda 323 (Protege) will not start on a rainy day [coolpete]
Apr 28, 2008 (2:22 pm)
Yes, it's easy to replace. The distributor mounts in the end of the cylinder head. Simply unscrew the two screws to remove the cap and move the plug wires to the new cap, one at a time. Re-install the cap the same way the old one came off.
#3311 of 3742 Re: so frustrated [kpozzi]
Apr 29, 2008 (6:27 am)
We passed our emission test here in Ontario also. We have an extended warranty to 100,000 miles or 160,000 km or we would be into the dealer for over $1000 also. Car goes in next week for another check.
It sometimes smells of gasoline and gas mileage is down about one third. Light went out the other day for about half and hour.
#3312 of 3742 Re: 1990 Mazda 323 (Protege) will not start on a rainy day [coolpete]
Apr 30, 2008 (7:02 pm)
I've not had this problem with my pro, but distrubutor cap cracks are a common reason for this problem. The pro also tends to go through sparkplug wires. I would replace them every 35,000 miles. Oh, it could also be a cracked ignition coil.
#3313 of 3742 Who should do timing belt? dealer?
May 02, 2008 (4:56 am)
I'm at 62K on my ES2.0 2001 and so far it's been a great car. It's first failure took place today when the battery finally died. Other than that not a single problem. Hope that lasts a while longer.
The dealer quotes $800 to get all the belts and water pump changed and I know I can save half of that using the mechanics I've been going to for 25 years. They work primarily on VW's but do other foreign cars as well. They are excellent mechanics and very honest. But they are probably old school and not keeping up with current models.
My question: Is there anything special about changing a timing belt and water pump in my 01 Protege that would make it highly desirable to take it to the dealer? Thanks.
#3314 of 3742 mazda weird rpm problem
May 06, 2008 (7:42 pm)
I bought my '98 mazda protege with 50,000 miles on it about a year ago. Right now I am at 60,000 and have been having this same problem for about 6 months. When I am driving my car around 50 or 60 mph, my RPM's will go crazy and slide rapidly between 3000 and 4000. While doing this, it feels like my car is being pulled (almost like the car is on a rubber band--pulled backwards then released forwards). No mechanic has been able to identify the problem yet. So far, I have had my spark plugs replaced, some wiring replaced, and my fuel injectors cleaned.
The other day my check engine light came on, and the code was for my wiring, and for the coil number 4. It went away when I got the wiring fixed.
Also my gas mileage has goign downhill lately...
Any help would be appreciated
#3315 of 3742 Re: mazda weird rpm problem [jmazdaj]
May 09, 2008 (8:27 am)
seems like that may be your torque convertor in the transmission going into and outof lockup or maybe there is a solenoid or a hydraulic fluid passage problem in the transmission case or issue with fluid quality impacting transmission operation. have you ever had the transmission fluid serviced? have you ever inspected it's color?
i guess i'd explain the symptoms to a local mazda tech and see what they think.