Last post on Sep 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM
You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege5, Hatchback, Sedan
#1048 of 1420 Disenigrated Battery Cable End
Sep 27, 2006 (10:49 am)
I have a 2002 Protege5 with approx 95,000 miles.
Last week, I attempted to start the car with no success, just a clicking noise. When I popped the hood, I discovered the the positive battery cable end had completely disenigrated (leaving a white powder on most of the surfaces on the driver's side of the engine bay).
I cleaned the battery post and purchased a new battery cable end. I spliced battery cable and attached the new end which seemed to solve the problem. Until the next day when the car again would not start.
Upon closer inspection, I discovered the "powdery corrosion" had crept down to the inside of the battery cable. I detached the new end and tapped the cable on a hard surface to remove the powder from the inside of the cable; up on reattaching the end, the car started and ran normally.
It seems that I should replace the entire battery cable - and maybe the even battery (for good measure).
I contacted my local Mazda dealer to price out a new battery cable, with no luck. The parts rep. stated that there was "no such part listed" in their computer system. The only thing that came close in his system was a $450 "engine harness".
Has anyone else experienced this problem, or maybe know where I can get a new battery cable?
Thanks in advance for any help & advice!
P.S. - I've replaced the lowbeam bulbs in this car countless times! (at least 1 bulb per calendar quarter) I have the scars on my hands to prove it! ...so annoying!
#1049 of 1420 Corrosion
Sep 27, 2006 (11:54 am)
Your battery must have leaked (and is leaking) acid onto the connector. You should be able to buy a generic cable at any parts store (and a new battery). Check to see if your battery is secure in the holder. I found that mine was loose earlier this summer and the battery could slide front to back easily.
#1050 of 1420 Re: Disenigrated Battery Cable End [tevans1]
Sep 27, 2006 (12:24 pm)
Wow, what a mess!
#1051 of 1420 Re: Disenigrated Battery Cable End [tevans1]
Sep 27, 2006 (2:54 pm)
New generic cable and battery from Costco or ??? and you'll be set.
#1052 of 1420 Re: Disenigrated Battery Cable End [tevans1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 30, 2006 (11:37 am)
I'd also have your alternator checked for overcharging....
#1053 of 1420 Re: Disenigrated Battery Cable End [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 02, 2006 (4:34 am)
Good point. Overcharging could have caused the battery to boil over and leak acid.
#1054 of 1420 Re: 2002 protege5 - lose engine power (at 60 mph) [mgaspit]
Nov 09, 2006 (11:16 am)
Did you ever resolve this issue? I'm having the exact same problem with my protoge 5 and my mechanic and I are working on making an educated guess before we start replacing parts,
#1055 of 1420 Gas Tank Filling Problem
Dec 05, 2006 (5:18 am)
I have a 2002 P5, and last winter (in Maryland), during a standard fill up sometime in December '05, I could only pump about half of a gallon of gas at a time before it would back-fill and overflow. Between each half gallon, I had to wait about 10-15 seconds to let that gallon settle. It wasn't a full tank issue, because I could keep doing this up to the full 10-11 gallons I was down.
This problem continued every single fillup until I drove the car to Florida on a trip for the holidays. In southern Virginia the thermistat broke and stuck close. I limped the car to a mechanic who repaired that problem and the gas fillup problem disappeared as well, though the mechanic said he didn't touch anything else other than the coolant system.
It remained gone for about 2 weeks upon return to Maryland, then it dumped snow one day and the problem came back. This time it didn't go away until late March when it warmed back up again.
During this time, I took it to 2 different mechanics I trust, one who disassembled the entire fuel tank and filler components and didn't find a problem. Everything was lubricated fine and free from damage or defect. The second mechanic put a camera down the filler tube, trying to see if there was any issue that way, and could not detect anything wrong.
Now I have moved to Rhode Island, and it first snowed up here yesterday, and today the problem returned. Half a tank at a time.
This is really frustrating me, and wouldn't be so bad if it only happened in warm weather. The cold and the moisture HAVE to have something to do with it (freezing something in place?), but I can't figure out what or why, or how to fix it.
Any help anyone can give is much appreciated.
#1056 of 1420 Re: Gas Tank Filling Problem [mmciver]
Dec 05, 2006 (7:14 am)
Do you fill your tank with the engine off or running?
#1057 of 1420 Re: Gas Tank Filling Problem [mmciver]
Dec 05, 2006 (8:42 am)
Sounds like the charcoal evaporator canister. I remember my old Saab had that problem. Gets fuel soaked. Iím assuming your mechanics have checked that.