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#3392 of 3742 Re: 2003 Mazda Protege Fuel Filter [jones6826]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 20, 2008 (9:34 am)
You need a pressure gauge and proper fittings to break into the fuel injection rail. Then you need to know the specs at cranking and at idle speeds. It's best to have a repair manual to talk you through these procedures, or go to a shop and have the test done.
It should read 30 - 36 psi with the fuel pressure regulator connected and 39-45 psi with the fuel pressure regulator disconnected.
This test would tell you if the fuel system is substandard in some way. If it reads okay, you go on to other areas such as ignition or sensors.
Sep 27, 2008 (10:59 am)
My 97 mazda protege has just started acting up lately. It was fine for a while and now i have to hold the key to start for more than a second to start. After that i will sit in neutral and half the time when i put a little gas on it the engine will knock and either turn back on or just stop. on the occasion where i get it to go around the corner when i get it to about second gear it will cut out and stop. can i get some help please this is my first car and i dont want to lose it.T_T
#3394 of 3742 Re: 97 protege problems [koganagensu]
Sep 28, 2008 (2:54 pm)
have to hold the key to start for more than a second to start ... half the time when i put a little gas on it the engine will knock and either turn back on or just stop
I would start by checking the battery and then the alternator. You are likely not on the original battery but might be using the original alternator. If so, the alternator becomes the more likely suspect.
It might be wise to find a garage you trust and have them check out the car for you. You may find that there are other problem areas (example: spark plugs) and the garage may suggest a schedule for their replacement/repair.
#3395 of 3742 Removing the Center Console
Oct 13, 2008 (4:55 pm)
Help please, I need step by step instructions in removing the center console. I'm needing to reach the air condition fan switch, in order to fix it. The wiring behind the switch has loosened and will work, then stop and then work again. I want to check that because after messing (turning it off and on)with it starts working. Thanks.
#3396 of 3742 Re: Removing the Center Console [gerard8153]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 14, 2008 (7:29 am)
what year is your car?
#3397 of 3742 Car stalls when turn
Oct 20, 2008 (8:54 am)
I have a 2001 Mazda Protege with about 85,900 miles on it.
Sometimes when I make a sharp turn, doesn't matter if it's a left or right turn, my car stalls out. It doesn't sputter, it's more like someone flipped a switch. I'm able to turn my car right back on and it runs normally.
What could this be?
#3398 of 3742 Re: Car stalls when turn [shelly81]
Oct 20, 2008 (1:47 pm)
Power steering pump. Does it make any strange noises when this happens?
#3399 of 3742 Re: Car stalls when turn [maltb]
Oct 20, 2008 (2:02 pm)
No weird noises, it just feels like the wheels lock up.
About how much will it take to replace a power steering pump?
#3400 of 3742 Temp guage says hot, but doesn't overheat.
Oct 21, 2008 (3:49 am)
Yesterday, my car's temp guage was nearing hot or at hot on my commute home. I noticed some antifreeze on the ground, but didn't appear to be leaking from under the engine anywhere. When I popped the hood, the only steam coming out was by the antifreeze coolant box. It was boiling hot and overflowing, dripping out causing steam. I continued on my 40 mile commute home with no issues, just stopping periodically to cool the engine down. I would keep the heat on high to try and drain some of the heat away from the engine, but later no heat would generate, only cold air. No warning lights came on the dash, car seems to run and start fine. What do you think the issue is?
#3401 of 3742 Re: Temp guage says hot, but doesn't overheat. [brian374]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 21, 2008 (8:06 am)
Well first of all, driving home like this was not a good idea. Next time, call for a tow.
But hopefully you had good luck and no engine damage and so you need to look for the source of your overheating problem.
Overheating is caused by a complex range of possible issues and has to be approached methodically, going from the simple to the complicated, and from the most likely to the least likely.
The reason you have no heat is that you have low or no coolant in the system.
But to the diagnosis:
1. A leak somewhere -- this can be tested doing a 'pressure test' on the cooling system with a pump
2. Stuck thermostat -- remove, test and inspect
3. inoperative electric cooling fans -- test and observe
4. clogged radiator -- this can be "flow-tested" by a radiator shop
5. air in cooling system -- when new coolant was added, system was not properly purged of air with bleed screws or using approved filling methods
6. bad head gasket or cracked cylinder head -- tested with pressure testing pump, and look for coolant on spark plugs or air bubbles in radiator.
good luck with it! Hope it's one of the simple ones.