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#965 of 1420 Re: Water Leak in '02 Protege5 [redp5]
Jan 27, 2006 (5:32 pm)
I have the same problem with my 2002 Mazda Protege 5. The front passenger floor is soaked. We cleaned out the drain tubes around the sun roof, like other people suggested, but it is still leaking onto the floor. It drips down the inside of the windshield, down the column between the door and the windshield, and along the column toward the floor. We have discovered that if the car is parked uphill, it doesn't leak.
We also bought the car brand new and it too has never been in an accident. We have the extended warranty, but it does not cover water leaks. Anybody have suggestions?
#966 of 1420 Re: Water Leak in '02 Protege5 [redp5]
Jan 29, 2006 (1:33 pm)
I did some investigating today while the car was outside in the rain & all of the trim is out of the car - just sheetmetal exposed now. The entire front (passenger area) of the car is dry. Water is leaking into the hatchback area of the car on the passenger side. Water is collecting along the interior side of the black rubber seal that seals the hatchback opening on the body of the vehicle. From the interior side of this seal margin, water is dripping down the vertical rear wall of the car (below the hatchback latch & to the right of the hatchback latch where 2 pieces of body sheet metal come together). I see two potential sources: a) the rubber seal itself could be faulty (I doubt this though because a large quantity of water is reaccumulating very quickly), or b) water is flowing down the inside of the right hand d-pillar (which we can't see) and into the interior of the car - possible from the roof rack area?
Any thoughts?? Please help, my husband just wants to sell it.
#967 of 1420 Re: Water Leak in '02 Protege5 [redp5]
Jan 29, 2006 (3:25 pm)
Water leaks are frustrating. I've never had any issues and I'm in RAINY Oregon. (This month is shaping up to be a 30 year record.) Usually leaks are bad seals, although it could be the roof rack. A good mechanic (or a body shop) should be able to easily figure it out, especially if it is really coming in quickly. Certainly not worth selling the car over though.
#968 of 1420 Radio jumps out of tune
Feb 23, 2006 (11:57 am)
Hi all, I have a 2003 P5 with the stock stereo system. At least once a day the FM tuner will lose its lock on a station which has a strong signal and drop out of tune. Example, I normally listen to a station at 92.7 MHZ, out of the blue it will tune itself to 92.5 without any input from me. Hard to replicate the process but it seems to happen when some type of electrical or signal interference is provided, downshifting at an intersection, going through a tunnel etc. Has anyone else come across this.
#969 of 1420 Silver Star headlights
Feb 26, 2006 (5:28 pm)
I have read that others have the same problem and I am looking for a solution. My 2002 P5 burns out the Silver Star H7 headlight bulbs approximately every 3 months. I bought this vehicle on Labour Day 2005 and I replaced the bulbs with Silver Stars. I have replaced 3 since then (one year warranty on the bulbs). Has anyone determined what caused the bulbs to burn out so often? I have changed many headlights in my lifetime and never had a problem. The bulb doesn't get touched by anything when it is installed. Could it be the Daytime Running Light module? Any solutions would be helpful.
Feb 27, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Question for you guys… One of the fog lights on my wife’s protégé 5 was just shattered by a rock. How difficult is it to place the lamp (Does the bumper need to be removed) and how much did the part cost?
#971 of 1420 Re: [poggensee]
Feb 27, 2006 (7:08 pm)
No need to remove the bumper. Underneath each fog light is a panel that is secured with 3 screws/bolts which allow access to the wiring harness (if you have small enough hands) and the 9/16" nut that secures the fog light in place. I left the wiring harness plugged in and twisted the fog light to allow access to the two screws at the back of fog light to remove the lens. It takes about 10 minutes if all goes well. Not sure on the cost.
#972 of 1420 Re: Silver Star headlights [ripcord]
Feb 27, 2006 (7:11 pm)
I received this message from Sylvania regarding the Silver Star headlights. I think I will try the NightHawks from GE after the warranty expires on the Silver Stars.
Thank you for taking the time to contact us with regards to your recent
SilverStar failure. Unfortunately, as with most high performance
products, there is a trade-off between the higher performance of the
SilverStar and its life hours. The shorter life span is directly related
to the high performance nature of the lamps. The blue absorption coating
on the glass contributes to the crisp, white light emitted but also
contributes to its decreased life. The SilverStar product works harder
(not burns hotter, however) to give the whiter, brighter light and this
impacts its life hours. The life expectancy of a SilverStar halogen
light source is largely dependent on the driver's use of the lights,
which will vary by season, time of day and number of miles driven. We
estimate the SilverStar halogen lights to have a life span of up to one
year under average driving conditions. The life of the SilverStar is
further decreased if being used in a day-time running light application.
Unfortunately with the current technology, the tradeoff for increased
performance is a shorter life span.
With that said, it does sound like your SilverStars may have failed a
bit prematurely. Please feel free to return the product with a copy of
this e-mail to the address below. Please indicate with your return
whether or not the part was being used in a daytime running light
application. Upon receiving your return, replacement product will be
ATTN: Customer Service
275 West Main Street
Hillsboro, NH 03244
If you would prefer to receive a refund rather than product replacement,
please complete the form that is attached to this email and send it with
the requested materials to the address given on the form. Please be
advised that refunds can take up to 8 weeks to process. Please do not
hesitate to contact me if you require further assistance.
Feb 27, 2006 (8:59 pm)
Thanks ripcord, your info is much appreciated.
#974 of 1420 Re: [poggensee]
Feb 28, 2006 (8:46 am)
One of mine shattered after getting bumped. Part was $150. Body shop installed it, along with a new bumper cover, so I don't know how difficult it is to replace. Here's a link to the manual on it.