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Mazda Protege Basic Maintenance Questions



  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    I took my 2002 Protege in for servicing today with 103,000 km

    Most car manuals have more than one service schedule: the standard schedule for normal usage and the severe usage schedule. Here is what is stated in my 2002 Protege5 manual on page 8-3 of the Scheduled Maintenance section:

    "Follow Schedule 1 if the vehicle is operated mainly where none of the following conditions apply. If any do apply, follow Schedule 2 (Canada and Puerto Rico residents follow Schedule 2).
    • Repeated short-distance driving
    • Driving in dusty conditions
    • Driving with extended use of brakes
    • Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are being used
    • Driving on rough or muddy roads
    • Extended periods of idling or low-speed operation
    • Driving for long periods in cold temperatures or extremely humid climates."

    In Schedule 2 on page 8-5 footnote 2 you will find the following:
    "If the vehicle is operated in cold districts { below -18 degrees C (0 degrees F) }, replace the timing belt at 96,000 km (60,000 miles)."

    If your case does not fit the above, then you're safe.

    p.s. Check out the April 2009 issue of Consumer Reports for shady practices of some garages.
  • chris_achris_a Posts: 1
    i have an 02 protege5 5spd manual, and i was wondering if there is an over drive switch for it and if so, where it's located. i can't find it, and it sucks driving on the highway. it revs to like 3500 rpms going about 70, and it's killing my gas mileage. somebody help.. thanks.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    5th gear is your overdrive.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    02 protege5 5spd manual ... revs to like 3500 rpms going about 70

    Yes, it does seem to rev high. My 02 P5 automatic revs at about 3100 rpm at 68 mph and 3200 rpm at 74 mph. Has yours been doing this for a while or just recently?
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    Can anyone help i am looking to replace a burned out OD dash light on a 2000 Mazda Protege DX. There are no shifting issues or blinking of the light it looks like the bulb JUST burned out. Any help would be great

    MNF .
  • testdummytestdummy Posts: 5
    I bought a used 2000 Protoge 1.6 L about 2 months ago and it will not crank when the operating temperature gets to a normal temperature sometimes. Most of the time, it runs perfectly, gets good gas mileage, etc. But occasionally, it will not crank once the engine is warm. It acts like it is either not getting gas or it is some type of electrical problem. Once it died while I was sitting at a stop light. Everytime this occurs, if I wait 10 to 15 minutes, then it acts like it wants to crank--but will not quite crank, but if I keep trying to crank it, it will eventually crank and once it does, it runs perfect again. The engine light is on also. I took it by Pep Boys and they found these problems: camshaft position sensor and oxygen sensor:after CAT. I don't have the money to replace both of these items. What do you think is the more likely of the two to be causing my problem and how difficult would it be to replace them myself?

    Thanks in advance.
  • downtubedowntube Posts: 43
    Not sure what you mean by "will not crank"...

    When you turn the key to Start, does the starter turn the engine, or not? If you suspect a fuel problem, that sounds like the starter is turning the engine (what most people consider "cranking").

    Assuming it "cranks" but will not fire, cam position sensor is a good possibility since the code was there. The shop manual says to remove the sensor and inspect it for metal shavings, and remove any shavings found. Beyond that, further diagnostics take specialized tools. You could also inspect the cable coming from the sensor, looking for places where the insulation are worn through.

    If you aren't willing to take it to a shop for diagnostic on the sensor, you're pretty much stuck with replacing it as a test. Unless you have a friend with the same car, that's going to cost some money.
  • testdummytestdummy Posts: 5
    Thanks for the reply, what I mean by, "tries to crank" is that the engine turns over but will not start (just as you guessed). How hard will it be for a novice to replace the camshaft sensor? Where is it located? I'm assumming it should be somewhere near the valve covers.

    I have more time than money.

    Thanks again for your reply.
  • downtubedowntube Posts: 43
    The camshaft position sensor should be right beside the oil filler cap on the valve cover. Removal/installation is fairly simple.

    1. Disconnect the negative battery post
    2. Disconnect the harness from the sensor **
    3. Remove the sensor bolt
    4. Remove the sensor

    Installation is the reverse. Torque spec for the bolt is 70 inch-pounds. It's an aluminum head, so don't over-torque or you'll strip the threads!

    ** There will be a tab on the connector you depress with a finger allow the harness to unplug to the sensor. Or there might be one on each side. If you buy a new sensor first, study it to see how this mechanism works. You don't want to break the harness.

    Good luck.
  • testdummytestdummy Posts: 5
    Thanks a million!
  • I have a 2000 Mazda Protege with a 1.6L engine/ 5 speed manual transmission. It does not have a cruise control and I'm looking for an aftermarket cruise control kit. Any and all suggestions of where to get one will be greatly appreciated. I called Advanced Auto Parts and they do not sell the kits.

    Thanks in advance.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842">

    here is direct link to Rostra cruise control where you can look up application and install manual.
  • cusiecusie Posts: 1
    Just had new tires put on and oil change done.They said replaced light bulb in rear tail light.Now car started to run like crap.No power battery light comes on and off headlights out and low on engine power.
  • battery or alternator failure, sounds like.
  • i was wondering if anyone knew why i am having issues shifting from fifth, down to fourth gear? i have a 2000 protege lx with 140k miles...
    thanks in advance for any ideas.
  • What does it do, grind, or just refuses to go in, or ???
  • it does not grind, just won't go in. no problems going up in gears, just down...
  • In that case, I'd guess that the shift linkage (bushings?) is screwed up
  • thanks for the info! was hoping that was the case and not a transmission issue...

    thanks again and enjoy the holidays! : )
  • I think if it were the trans you'd have trouble shifting up and down, or you'd have grinding. Ditto the clutch. Just for kicks try pumping the clutch pedal up and down a few times and see if it goes into gear.
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