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#1072 of 1151 Help with maintenance recommendations
Mar 28, 2007 (10:05 am)
Hi! If I had brothers I'd ask them about this: I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with 88,000 miles. I really haven't done anything for it, except buy 2 new sets of tires (no more cheap tires from now on!), new filters when needed, and a flush that I can't specify at about 50,000.
Can you please tell me what I need to do in order to drive this car for many more years? Am I too late? Thanks for any help - Sara
#1073 of 1151 Maintenance schedule [dingwoman1]
Mar 28, 2007 (11:55 am)
You could try checking the appendix of your owner's manual.
Also, there is an excellent online manual http://protege5.ugly.net/ which includes in the general introduction (00 section) the maintenance schedule. Also, it may be a good idea to ask the garage that you are using to do an overall check of the car. For starters, you'll likely need new spark plugs and have your transmission fluid flushed. Also, it's getting awfully close to replacing your timing belt; you don't want to procrastinate too long with that service.
Apr 19, 2007 (12:44 pm)
I have a 98 Mazda Protege LX with 60.700 miles on it. Took it for oil change etc and mechanic said (without driving it) that I should replace the 4 struts due to age of the car and that they should have been replaced at 50.000 miles. The car drives great and since it is expensive to replace all 4 (quote was $913.00) I need to put this off for awhile. How do I know when I really need new ones?
#1075 of 1151 New struts, really?
Apr 19, 2007 (2:13 pm)
98 Mazda Protege LX with 60.700 miles ... drives great ... mechanic said (without driving it) ... replace the 4 struts due to age
Curious. It sounds like you may need a new mechanic more than new struts. I test my shocks / struts by leaning on the corner of the car and watching it bounce back up. If it rebounds more than twice the shocks are likely worn. Also, if you don't feel safe turning corners or stopping because the car leans excessively then you would be wise to have the car checked. Otherwise, I would keep on driving ... to the next mechanic.
Apr 19, 2007 (3:16 pm)
Usually around 80K you start testing the struts or even relying on your own judgment about how the car feels. 60K sounds a tad premature but you can inspect for leakage, unusual tire wear, or instability on hard turns or bumps.
#1077 of 1151 Re: Shirley [shirleyh]
Apr 19, 2007 (6:35 pm)
The mechanic you spoke to, is a thief. Find a new mechanic.
As far as the struts go, the struts on my P5 have over 110,000 miles on them and show no signs of wear. Generally, when they are bad, they will rattle and you might hear a clunking noise. As Autonomous mentioned, the bounce test is valid also. Even so, if the car drives well, keep driving. Struts are not a preventative maintenance item.
#1078 of 1151 Re: Shirley [iamz]
Apr 20, 2007 (6:16 am)
Thank you for the valuable info. I think women get taken advantage of when it comes to auto repair!
#1079 of 1151 Re: New struts, really? [autonomous]
Apr 20, 2007 (6:18 am)
Thank you for the info. I think because I am a woman I was conned a little.
#1080 of 1151 From one Pro to another [shirleyh]
Apr 20, 2007 (9:42 am)
because I am a woman I was conned a little
Unfortunately it happens, but not only to women. We're all here trying to learn as much as we can.
Have a great summer riding your Pro!
#1081 of 1151 new struts........?
Apr 20, 2007 (9:32 pm)
I live in halifax, canada where we have very very crappy roads, and after the winter I need new struts for my 02'LX 2.0. Any suggestions for some GOOD ones?