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#7855 of 7874 02 P5 Keeps blowing ignition fuses
Jun 13, 2010 (7:14 pm)
after the engine is warmed up i acts like it is low on battery charge when restarting the engine. New battery with plenty of charge. sometimes it blows the main ignition fuse. could this be an ignition relay issue? I Really need an answer to this it is becoming a real problem.
#7856 of 7874 Re: 02 P5 Keeps blowing ignition fuses [rockinr]
Jun 14, 2010 (8:06 am)
I would check the wire connections to your starter motor. Could be the the starter motor itself. Either of those could cause the fuse to start blowing.
#7857 of 7874 I've got a new rule.
Jun 18, 2010 (3:06 pm)
I'm no longer going to bother answering trouble-shooting questions posted by people who don't contribute to this forum. It's not worth my time trying to help people who never give any feedback of any sort.
#7858 of 7874 Re: I've got a new rule. [iamz]
Jun 21, 2010 (3:54 pm)
people who never give any feedback
You might want to check the related forum for the Mazda Protege where I think your feedback is being considered. In any case, I've always found your comments of interest, whether I have the problem or not. Some of us learn from others problems and solutions. Keep the faith!
#7859 of 7874 Re: I've got a new rule. [autonomous]
Jun 21, 2010 (6:08 pm)
Don't worry autonomous, I'll always answer your tech questions (assuming I have anything useful to say). I've appreciated your contributions over the past years also. I should warn you though, I'll be selling my P5 by the end of summer. It's been almost 9 years and now over 160k miles. The car has been great but with those kind of miles I felt it was prudent to get something new. Hopefully I can find a new owner who can get a few more years out of it before a major failure occurs.
#7860 of 7874 Go gently into that good night [iamz]
Jun 22, 2010 (4:31 pm)
almost 9 years and now over 160k miles. The car has been great but with those kind of miles I felt it was prudent to get something new
I hear you. Mine is in its ninth year but with only half the miles (I don't commute to work) so I'm hoping for at least another two or three more years before I hand it over to a buddy of mine. The Pro has had its issues but on the whole has been a great ride.
What are you planning as your replacement vehicle?
Personally, I'm turned off the Mazda3 although it still has many positive features. I am looking for a light (under 3K lbs.) hatchback that is fuel efficient (30+ mpg combined city/highway) with a sporty, fun-to-drive demeanor. The Mazda2, the Ford Fiesta, the Golf TDI and the future Civic CRZ all seem promising based on what I've read. Oh, to be in Europe where all the wonderful hatchbacks roam!
#7861 of 7874 Re: Go gently into that good night [autonomous]
Jun 23, 2010 (10:46 am)
While I've been happy with the P5 I'm disappointed in Mazda for ignoring fuel efficiency and for not offering a low cost 5 door. The Mazda3 5-door lists for something like $24k. Way out of my price range.
Sounds like you are looking for exactly what I was looking for. I ordered a Fiesta which should arrive any week now. It's exactly what you are describing. Considering it has many more features than my P5 (traction control, stability control, 7 airbags, 6-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and at least 33% better fuel economy just to name a few things), and I'm paying over 3k less than I paid for my P5, I'm feeling pretty good about it. Ford really seems to have improved their quality to the point that I'm expecting the Fiesta to hold up as well as the Mazda.
Jun 23, 2010 (4:38 pm)
Yes, the Fiesta sounds like an awesome product. Thank God Ford decided to bring it over. Do you know what modifications were needed for the US/North American market? My understanding is that the emission controls are different from the European marketplace but I don't know which is more stringent.
The 33% improvement in fuel economy is excellent! And the price is mighty fine.
So I guess I should check out your posts on the Fiesta site in July!
#7863 of 7874 Re: Post P5 [autonomous]
Jun 23, 2010 (5:24 pm)
40% of the car was actually changed for the NA market. The main changes were to the front and rear bumpers (they beefed them up to 5 mph crash standards) and the suspension was then stiffened to make up for the extra 100 lbs of weight the car gained from that. The interior is actually all new even though they kept the general look of the Euro model. Ford altered the fuel mapping and engine timing to allow for 87 octane (the Euro Fiesta required 93 octane). And they added a lot of sound deadening to make it quieter than the Euro. The cars are being built in Mexico to keep costs down.
#7864 of 7874 Flashing AT and CHECK ENGING LIGHT
Aug 08, 2010 (6:24 am)
I just recently had to replace the INTAKE manifold gasket and I believe I have all vacuum lines and sensors hooked up correctly but when I start car the following happens:
Flashing AT and CHECK ENGINE and a higher idle. Care will not go out of 2nd gear and when I switch to MANUAL shift it will not allow this.
Leads me to think I have a missing vacuum line or maybe I got antifreeze on a tranny connector during intake removal?
Thanks for any and all help - Randy