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Mazda Protege5, Hatchback, Sedan
#915 of 1420 Re: A/C is always on [craigp5]
Oct 10, 2005 (7:35 am)
Any time you are using the defroster on the windshield, including when you have the selector switch on floor + defrost, the air conditioner compressor is going to run to remove moisture from the car's interior that otherwise would cause your windshield to fog up. Most cars (not just Mazda) have been doing this since the mid-90s. I know my wife's 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier did it too.
And like iamz said, having owned Proteges, a Protege5 and a Mazda3 since 1991, I have noticed very little difference in fuel economy based on my use of the air conditioning, believe it or not! Maybe a 1 mpg difference, but not enough to make me wish for such changes. Believe me, after having owned a charcoal-gray car that did not have air conditioning for five years in college, and using it to deliver hot, steaming pizzas in the fall and winter with rain and snow falling outside, you WANT the defroster to use the A/C!!!
#916 of 1420 Re: A/C is always on [mdaffron]
Oct 10, 2005 (8:44 am)
Just want to clarify that the P5 has the AC kick in even when it is set to JUST the floor setting and no defrost. That is what confounds me.
#917 of 1420 Re: A/C is always on [iamz]
Oct 10, 2005 (8:55 am)
Read your owner's manual. If I'm not mistaken, it points out that a small amount of air still is directed out the defroster vents when the selector is at "floor." The reason for the small amount of defrosting is to keep the windshield clear in the event that the floor is damp and warming it would fog up the interior of the car.
#918 of 1420 New Brake Pads for 02 Protege5 w/17000 miles?
Oct 11, 2005 (9:51 am)
I just purchased an 02 Protege5 in March 05 with 13,500 miles. I have only put about 3500 miles on the vehicle since then. I rarely drive (since I live in the city) but the last couple of times I've taken the car out, the engine light comes on for the couple of miles it takes me to get to the interstate. It will then cut off once I reach the interstate. I took the car to a mechanic yesterday and he stated that i just needed more brake fluid since I was low. However, once he got the car on the lift to do the oil change, he stated that the brake pads (I believe he said the rear) need to be replaced. These were practically shot and the other ones would need to be replaced in several months. Has anyone else had problems with brake pads so soon? Or could it just be the cause of the previous owner?
#919 of 1420 Re: New Brake Pads for 02 Protege5 w/17000 miles? [jchandler]
Oct 11, 2005 (10:54 am)
Take it to another mechanic. Check engine light is not connected to brakes. I think the brake light comes on when you are low on brake fluid. Brake pads should last for more than 17K. I'm still on my originals with 61K.
#920 of 1420 Re: New Brake Pads for 02 Protege5 w/17000 miles? [erics6]
Oct 11, 2005 (11:17 am)
As erics6 noted Brake pads should last for more than 17K.
Did your mechanic mention the source of the problem? Some dealers point to seized calipers so that you end up driving on your brakes and wearing them prematurely. I had mine lubricated after the second year and they're still going strong (touch wood!). I'd get a second opinion since the cost of replacing all four discs could be pricey.
I'm still on my originals with 61K.
#921 of 1420 We just had the brakes on my wife's 2002 Protege5 replaced.
Oct 11, 2005 (11:20 am)
Pads, that is. For the first time.
At 55,000 miles.
#922 of 1420 Re: New Brake Pads for 02 Protege5 w/17000 miles? [erics6]
Oct 11, 2005 (11:38 am)
My front rotors did need resurfacing. Pads are fine though. I think my front rotors are going to have to be replaced when I do the pads.
Two biggest issues I've heard of with the P5 are warped rotors and a hotspot on the clutch. Both issues I've experienced. Overall, a very low maintenance car.
#923 of 1420 Re: New Brake Pads for 02 Protege5 w/17000 miles? [jchandler]
Oct 11, 2005 (11:56 am)
Sorry, I meant the brake light on my dash comes on. . not my engine light
#924 of 1420 Re: A/C is always on [iamz]
Oct 12, 2005 (4:49 am)
I see. Thanks Meade. At least someone reads their owners manual. Rather not have it do that though. I'm still left wondering why the AC light does not come on at that setting. Hmmmm. Maybe I should just read the owners manual.