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#3483 of 3742 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege ES: Gas smells coming from air vents [benoit6]
May 01, 2009 (3:11 pm)
Well I took it to the shop, and they said that they didn't see or find any gas leaks nor did they see any holes in the exhaust. They did however admit that when they detached my fuel line to clean the fuel injectors ( a service that was performed awhile ago) they said some of the fuel probably sprayed up near the window where the car vents pull air from. He then stated he sprayed some refresher or cleaner in the A/C to get rid of the smell. I will see if this works.
#3484 of 3742 2001 rear disc brakes
May 04, 2009 (8:07 am)
i am going to attempt changeing the rear pads on my 2001 protogeg ES that has rear disc brakes , i see that the emergencey brake is attached to the rear brakes can anybody tell me if there is anything special i need to be concerned about ?
#3485 of 3742 Re: 2001 rear disc brakes [chump2]
May 04, 2009 (9:07 am)
Not really....just un do the cable from the clip....you'll see it....other than that,..just do basic things like supporting caliper w/ wire to prevent strain on hoses...Also, you can't use C clamps to push the piston back....you have to remove cap bolt on back of caliper to access the gear to back off the piston...it requires an allen wrench..not sure what size. Reassemble in reverse order. Pull on the e-brake lever..it will feel very loose first..but will reset itself ( at least in my case ). Hope this helps. Jim
#3486 of 3742 Re: 2001 rear disc brakes [henz]
May 04, 2009 (9:32 am)
thanks alot , some one had mentioned not to push the piston in with the c-clamp
so this will help .thanks again . this was my first post but i look at the site quit often just to see what problems people have more so to see the respnses
#3487 of 3742 Re: 97 mazda protege [giacomod]
May 06, 2009 (9:46 pm)
thanks for the suggestions, to the forum,i have new updates for my car.
my car is finally repaired,i took me a while from 2 different mazda dealers,that they could not find the right problems,but instead they skrew you and ,change different parts,it serves me and anyone as an experience to get different estimates before you take to any dealer,and before you can do some research ,i finally find an honest meccanic and someone that understands cars, my all problem was not the idle egr valve , or maf sensor,or idle control valve, ,altough i did replaced all of them,compression was good,and clean of trottle helped a lot,
it was the timing belt and water pump that was leaking,and causing a misfire,replace the timing belt ,replace the water pump,seals,valve gasket,coil and rotor ,plugs and wire for the second time,new hoose for the radiator,and the car is finally working like a charm,it took me more money to fix it,but half of the dealer estimate,and it was all done in one day.again thanks to the forum and help,it open my eyes and learned a lot from this experience.
#3488 of 3742 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege ES: Gas smells coming from air vents [benoit6]
May 08, 2009 (3:14 am)
Okay, I still have the exhaust smell. Also, I'm experiencing idle surges on cold starts. The RPMS will jump from 1000 to 2000 back down to 500. Now what is going on? I'm suspecting the Idle Air Control valve may be faulty, but I don't know. I'm going to take the car back to the dealer. Has anyone else experience this issue?
#3489 of 3742 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege ES: Gas smells coming from air vents [benoit6]
May 08, 2009 (2:09 pm)
I'm experiencing idle surges on cold starts
I wonder if this may also be related to the car's emission control systems (e.g. EGR or PCV valves). Too bad the shop did not spot this while they had the car.
#3490 of 3742 Re: 2002 Mazda Protege ES: Gas smells coming from air vents [benoit6]
May 08, 2009 (7:33 pm)
Look for a vacuum leak. Any leak downstream from the MAF sensor will screw up the air/fuel ratio. It will affect idle the most.
Look at the accordian pipe between the air cleaner and the intake manifold. Sometimes they develop cracks.
#3491 of 3742 engine vibration
May 12, 2009 (12:35 pm)
I own a 2000 protege es 1.8L with under 45k miles. I bought brand new. It's developed an engine vibration after I start it. It happens when the engine is completely cold, I turn on the fan for defrost and when the defrost kicks on the vibration starts and when it kicks off the vibration stops. Also, the transmission has to be in gear, not in Park or Neutral. As the engine warms up to normal operating temp, the vibration almost completely disappears. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
This is my 2nd protege and has been a great car.
#3492 of 3742 Re: engine vibration [sir_dude]
May 13, 2009 (2:07 pm)
I turn on the fan for defrost
What do you mean? What are you "defrost"ing?