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#7 of 50 Mazda Protege 1997 died and then would not idle
Mar 11, 2007 (6:00 am)
I have a 1997 Mazda Protege and I bought it with 6000 miles on it. I have 189,000 miles on it and never really any problems. The other day I started it went inside to let it warm up about 5 minutes. When I drove it about 1/2 mile it died. It would crank over and start the rpm would go to 3500 then immediately to 1000 and die. I could start it and press on the gas and get it to keep running at 1000rpm, but once I pressed on the gas it would die. My nephew decided it was the fuel pump so we changed it and all the filters. This did not help. There was a few codes that would not clear. I took it in to the local garage for repair. They said that the codes were the mass air flow sensor, eng coolant temp sensor, egr boost solonid, intake air temp, idle system problems. They have had it a week now and do not really know what the problem is. I thought I would post this to see if anyone has any ideas or similar problem. Please help they are baffeled!
#8 of 50 I have a 1990 protege
Jul 05, 2007 (5:22 pm)
I have a 1990 protege And i'm just woundering what the firing order is for it. I thank it is a 1.8 motor 16 valve fuel injection. problem i'm haveing is it will run and idle but when i give it gas it cuts out. so I changed all the plugs and wires but I don't know the numbers on the distribitor cap so if anyone can help it would be nice.
#9 of 50 overdrive question,please help!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 13, 2007 (8:21 pm)
hi! i own a 1999 protege LX,1,6 liter...about a year ago,i fried the original engine,so i replaced it with one that has about now,65.000 miles...everything is fine ,only that lately,while on the road, regarding of the speed(anywhere from 20 to 60!),all of a sudden the gear just kicks into overdrive by itself and the check engine light comes out...i'm afraid that it may affect the transmission in the long run...i've noticed that if i stop,say at the stop light,it kicks back,so could this be related to the breaks? i have heard that the oxigen sensor might be the reason,anyone knows some details ,or had this problem before,please help!!! thanx guys!
#10 of 50 Re: overdrive question,please help!!!!!!!!!! [peterjames]
Dec 14, 2007 (9:21 am)
It could be the EGR valve also. I'd bring it into the shop to have it checked out.
#11 of 50 Re: Mazda Protege idling [ann14]
Mar 16, 2008 (1:39 am)
Does anyone have any info regarding this. The same thing is happening to my 1998 protege.
#12 of 50 Re: Mazda Protege idling [schmogca]
Mar 17, 2008 (7:51 am)
Could you describe the problem exactly?
#13 of 50 Re: Mazda Protege idling [schmogca]
Mar 28, 2008 (6:54 pm)
I've done a bit of research on protege idle problems, having bought one a few months ago that idled poorly. Here are the common causes:
Stuck EGR valve (remove and de-carbonize or replace)
Vacuum leak (this was my problem. these cars are very sensitive to vacuum leaks)
Dirty MAF sensor (clean with electrical cleaner spray DO NOT TOUCH WIRES)
Defective MAF sensor (recall on some model years)
Carboned Idle Intake Valve (try Seafoam)
Bad plug wires
#14 of 50 some shaking :(
May 06, 2008 (7:44 pm)
(Also posted in Maintanence)
I bought my '98 mazda protege with 50,000 miles on it about a year ago. Right now I am at 60,000 and have been having this same problem for about 6 months. When I am idling, my car will start by making a soft sound. The longer I idle, the louder it gets, with some mild shaking.. So far, I have had my spark plugs replaced, some wiring replaced, and my fuel injectors cleaned.
The other day my check engine light came on, and the code was for my wiring, and for the coil number 4. It went away when I got the wiring fixed.
Also my gas mileage has goign downhill lately...
Any help would be appreciated
#15 of 50 Re: almost stalls [sly8]
May 06, 2008 (8:02 pm)
when you cleaned the egr valve, did you just pour the solution into the vacuum? what brand solution did you use? I read online that you just pour into the vacuum and have someone rev the engine, turn off the car, let it sit for a while, then drive it. Is this how you ddi it?>
#16 of 50 Re: some shaking :( [jmazdaj]
May 07, 2008 (2:15 pm)
Same symptoms I had with my faulty EGR. I had mine replaced by the dealer; pricey solution but it worked.