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Mazda Protege Basic Maintenance Questions



  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Have you tried the RainX windshield washer fluid? I mean the pink stuff in the gallon bottle.

  • conheadyconheady Posts: 77
    My girlfriend uses that. seems to work the same as the additive, but not as good as the stuff you apply manually. I have never had any problems with my wipers (though they are Bosch Micro Edge- awesome wipers).
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Thanks for the feedback, Auto Zone has it on sale for $1.99 a gal. I would like to try it.

  • conheadyconheady Posts: 77
    getting the additive. Then you can use more potent washer fluid and then have some RainX in it. You get more bang for your buck, since a typical bottle of additive will run you $5 and last 8 gallons.
  • theparallaxtheparallax Posts: 361
    So, does anyone know the approx. cost of it?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    That varies by the servicing facility. Your best bet is to get out your owners manual and look what Mazda says is part of the 15K. Many dealers/shops like to add and delete as they see fit.

  • can anyone suggest a good set of spark plugs and wires. why is it that you can buy a set of wires for $45 and for $90 , is there huge difference in the quality..? I got 93000 from the original set on my LX, maybe I should stick with oem set. i. would like to get some more zoom zoom out of my 1.5l ( i. dont know if thats possible lol)i. would think going with better grade of spark plug and wires would help..? any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    I used Rain-x only..previously.

    then I started having chattering problems - when the glass is cleaned squeaky clean by my wipers..not when the glass is wet.

    brought a new pair of wipers...same problem.

    Then some mechanic on the net advised me to clean my windsheild with windex..take out all the Rain-x from the container and replace the fluid with standard prestone, etc.

    Works great now...even with my old pair of wipers.

    not a chatter since last six months.

    (that is why I said 22 dollars worth of advice..cost of new wipers:) )
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    I will hold off on the RainX windshield washer fluid.

  • krametskramets Posts: 1
    I own a '00 Pro ES w//almost 10K miles, and have enjoyed every minute of driving it. I prefer to do oil changes myself, but need to find a set of good car ramps that won't catch the front spoiler when driving up them. Any help? If not, I can always resort to the floor jack/jack stand option.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    I use my parents.. they got it at Discount auto I think...
  • h109h109 Posts: 36
    excuse me if these are basic questions. i am new to cars. bought a 2000 pro. no regrets :-) . right now at 2500 miles/2 months.

    1) is this the right time for an oil change ?
    2) what is the minimum/maximum tyre pressure allowed for safety & stability ?

    thanks for the info.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The correct tire pressure should either be located on the label on the driver's side door or in the owner's manual. And the right time for an oil change is 3 months or 3000 miles unless you wanna change it now for the first time. That's up to you.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Change it now... then you change it again at the recommended interval of 5K and at that change switch to Synthetic and keep the 5K intervals.. there is no way I'm running 5 K intervals on our 00 ES.. Going to do a change hopefully this weekend (3K) then again at 5K and switch to Mobil 1 for good.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    I run 32 psi in my tires year round. When, I took my 2000 ES-PRO's into the dealer for regular maintenance, I noticed sometimes the different service techs filled the tires to 30 psi and sometimes 32 psi. I did not like this haphazard variation, so now I specify 32 psi at check-in. It seems to give me even wear and the extra 2 psi can't hurt fuel economy.

  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Victor, have you used synthetic oil before? What is the upside in switching and is there any down side? I have never used Mobil 1, myself. I have heard Mobil 1 is top box in the synthetic oil world, what do you think? The folks at the Edmunds Town Hall Oil discussions, seem to think switching is a win\win situation. I am kinda of conservative, when it comes to change. I am really on the fence, I like the 3000 mile dino oil schedule because it reminds me to have other regular maintence completed. I think I'm ready to change, however one thing bothers me. I heard once you start synthetic oil you can never go back to dino oil? True or false, Vic?

  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    well from what I've read around and from the Synth room here, that was true way back, or on cars with high mileage that the seals and gaskets are old and worn. The Synth will scrub away deposits that may have been blocking leaks. However, our cars are still new, so it shouldn't be a problem. The benefits I've heard is that if you are in cold weather, the oil flows freely at lower temperatures and won't freeze up. Also, its able to withstand higher operating temperatures, good ifor hot climates.

    the folks over in Synthetic Motor oil room say they've gone 12K on Mobil 1 and up to 25K on Amsoil, but I wouldn't go that far. they do change the filter more frequently though. since I live in Florida, i like the idea of Mobil withstanding the hot temperatures. That and i could go to a 5K interval (maybe 7500K if the car runs fine after several 5K changes). saves hassle of changing the oil.. but get a better filter though.. The PureOne or Mobil1 Filter..

    And for switching back and force, I wouldn't recommend it anyways unless you aren't impressed with synth, but don't go every other change switching back and force. But again, that idea of not switching was due to previous formulations that cause the leaks... shouldn't be a problem now.. my Altima has 29K and at 30K I'm switching to M1 (been saying that since 21K though!!!) and the Protege WILL switch at 5K.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    try Mobil 1 in one of my Protege's and keep dino oil in the other for a year. See if I notice a difference in the summer heat and the winter cold. I have the perfect test situation. I need to check out the cost difference. My wife and I put aprox. 18,000 miles on each of our Protege's last year, we switch them occasionally to keep the mileage close on the cars.

    Dino oil: 18,000 miles divided by 3,000 mile change intervals, equals 6 oil changes a year.

    Syn oil: 18,000 miles divided by 5,000 mile change intervals equals about 3.5 oil changes a year.

    So, even if the cost is double, I still almost break even at my self-imposed change intervals. Not to mention the, time and effort to do the change out? Victor, what is the difference in price between a good quart of dino oil and a quart Mobil 1?

    Thanks in advance;
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Well I am now paying $1.44 for Castrol. Mobil 1 I see around $4, and I've seen as low as $3.25.

    I don't know if you might notice a difference straight away, but the most important thing, is change the oil regularly.. you also might want to look at taking samples of oil from both cars before the switch and after for each change to see since you both have the same car. Go to the Synth room as ask what are the sites for sending sample.. i have no clue.. i think that will also be wise.. seeing what the levels of contaminants are before and after..
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    I have tried and really like a couple of products from Meguiar's. Final Inspection 34 and Quik Detailer are mist and wipe products that really help a dark colored car maintain it's gloss between wax jobs. It also comes in handy for the occasional bird poop attack or bug splat. For the bird poop/bug splats, just spray it on the fairly fresh offending stuff and wipe off the yukey stuff, with a towel. The Meguiar's products make touch ups between car washes a breeze. It takes about 15 min. to mist and wipe your Protege and it looks like you just waxed and washed your car. Caution, you can only maintain a fairly clean car this way, for heavy dirt you need to wash, first. But, it is a great product for a fast detail after a rain storm, a dusty drive, over night pollen coatings and water spots from a hand wash. You can get the products at Pep Boys, AutoZone, etc. for aprox. $5.00 a bottle. I have tried, the Quik Detailer and the Final Inspection 34 and both are very easy to use and work very well.

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