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#3333 of 3742 Re: 2000 mazda protege shudder [alalime]
Jun 29, 2008 (12:26 am)
thats the problem i am having. i bought my 03 protege in july 2005 with 59000 miles on it. that bucking thing it does catches me off guard. its only done it 3 times since ive had it. the first time was a few months after i bought it, then sometime last year, and last time it was a few days ago. luckily no problems have come of it. my parents seem to think its the transmission, and in some other sites ive gone to mazdas seem to be notorious for transmission failure, i hope this is not the case.
#3334 of 3742 Re: 2003 AC problems [anogan]
Jun 29, 2008 (12:29 am)
thats wierd. my ac will only work on 1,3 and 4. everytime i put it on 2, the ac light flashes off and on then staqys off and the air gets warmer. any help for that?
Jul 03, 2008 (9:35 am)
Hey all. It's me - davidingilbert again.
Just a quick update - no "CEL" since my last visit to the dealership for the issue - I believe in February. I am also glad my experience helped everyone here with the same or similar issue.
I am in need of everyone's help again.
By now, my wife's Protege has about 72,000 miles on. I mainly use it now because I drive approximately 60 miles a day between home and work.
When driving on the freeway between 60 and 70 MPH and the tachometer is around 3,000 RPM, I get this high-pitched whining sound. The closest sound I can think of when the dentist is filing your teeth, but a little higher than that sound. It never last very long - 2 to 4 seconds at most. At first I thought it was the tires making contact in a strange way with the cement. But, now I believe it is something behind the radio or A/C controls. But, it appears to be happening more and more. Plus, my wife has heard it - so I know it is not only me!
Anyone else have a similar issue? If so, any idea as to what it could be?
Have a good July 4th folks!
#3336 of 3742 Re: Funny high pitched sound [davidingilbert]
Jul 03, 2008 (10:20 am)
I recall a few of those cars having air leaks around the windsheild. try having a buddy push on the windshield (from the passenger seat) while you are driving. If the noise changes, have the windshield re-sealed.
#3337 of 3742 Re: Funny high pitched sound [davidingilbert]
Jul 04, 2008 (3:39 pm)
between 60 and 70 MPH ... I get this high-pitched whining sound. ... 2 to 4 seconds at most.
Interesting. I'd check around and under the car for loose bits. You may want to isolate the sound by driving on a quiet stretch of road.
#3338 of 3742 Re: wheel well liner [branfo]
Jul 07, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I have the same question "The first is it okay to drive the car with the overdrive always on or at lower speeds in town should i turn it off?".
Anybody can help us? Thanks a lot!
#3339 of 3742 location and how to change plugs
Jul 07, 2008 (9:43 am)
anyone know first where the sparkplugs on a 01 protege es are located and any special tools i would need to change
#3340 of 3742 Re: wheel well liner [david_w_dong]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2008 (5:57 am)
I would turn it off for both longevity of the overdrive and for better performance in traffic.
#3341 of 3742 Re: wheel well liner [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 11, 2008 (8:33 am)
Why leave it off? All leaving it off does is prevent the transmission from entering its highest gear (which happens to be O/D). Perhaps if e feels the price of gas is too cheap, this is a good idea.
#3342 of 3742 Re: 2003 AC problems [anogan]
Jul 11, 2008 (2:14 pm)
Don't know about the "buzzing noise" but I just yesterday finished replacing the center switch on my p5 that only wrkd on step 1 and 4. Switch ( new one ordered thru dealer approx $32) was burned in center and close to starting fire. Last week I thought I'd smelled something burning. Anyway it was fairly easy to replace if yu know what to do and had the right tools. I did not! Gently pry the large plastic outline off at top, sides and bottom. Next gently pop the three center direction knobs from their sockets. Two of mine were stuck but did work out with very thin screwdriver. Unclip the 4 way flasher connection at the top to give you more room. Then there are 4 phillips screws at bottom of the frame, one on each side in back and two on the bottom. Here's where you need very short screwdriver since you can't get a standard one behind. One of those small "L'" shaped screwdrivers with phillips on one end and standard on the other works perfect. The ac/heater module will then come loose so you can get inside to unscrew the red plastic cover and get to the plastic nut on the back of the switch. I didn't have the right tools so it took me about 4 hours in 96 degree heat with sweaty glasses to get it all back but now it works great and I did save the 82 dollar per hour labor cost. Hope this helps.