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Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair



  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    you have to give the dealer 3 attempts at the same prob. In your glove box there is a book that outlines each state's lemon laws: a little white one I think.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    How do you know what's in his glovebox??? LOL!!
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    what's even more scary is that he may have my pic in his glovebox too.
  • draymond2draymond2 Posts: 134
    I would tell you what's in my glovebox, but then I would have to kill you!

    Lemon law in Ky 12k miles or 12months whichever comes first. I have 14k miles/8months on my ES.
  • I have a mazda protege 1994,72K miles, runs great but today after running for around 5 minutes white fumes started coming from under the hood. I drove it for some 10 more minutes like that,but the engine temperature didn't go up. On stopping I also saw some colorless odorless liquid dripping from the center of the car,probably from the radiator. I guess I have a radiator leak. On examination I found a few wet fins. Should I try any of the radiator leak plugging solutions ? The leak seems to be a fast one as I have lost a lot of coolant. Should I show it to a dealer or directly take it to one of those radiator repair shop ? Thanks in advance for your help.
  • dinabordinabor Posts: 13
    Thanks, Chikoo.
    I poured some 6 oz (was limited by higher mark on oil dipstick) of Lubeguard to the transm. box. It is been really, really better. (Knocking on the wood).
    I am thinking now to add the Lubeguard medicine for engine too. Just in case...
    Thank you, folks.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    Glad to know that this forum(and me) has proven useful to you....
    Keep zooming......
  • did you change the fluid, or just add the lubegaurd down the dipstick pipe?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    I'd try to find the area of the leak first. A fluorescent light works well at making the dye in most engine coolants glow. You may need to wash off the outside of your radiator with some distilled water first.

    Keep plenty of distilled water/coolant on hand. For ease of use, you might want to pre-mix it and keep it in your trunk.

    If it's a big leak, then those quick-fix solutions won't be much help. They're primarily for small pin-hole type leaks. They gunk up your radiator anyway, so they're a temporary solution at best.

    Since it's a '94, you can probably go after-market. Mazda may no longer make the stock unit, but feel free to check. All it takes is a phone call. Just make sure that you can get stop-cocks (the drain plug) for it easily. These seem to be made from plastic and they break easily.
  • I took my car to the dealer today and had them run a diagnostic on the coolant system. They found the leak in between the upper tank(plastic) and the middle tank(fins).If they are quoting 512 bucks for a new radiator installed.Does it really cost so much? The few websites I checked had the radiator price at around 110 dollars.
    I am inclined towards giving the radiator quick fix solutions a shot.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    Usually a "radiator repair only" shop can fix a problem such as yours for the least cost. You might want to get their estimate.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    That's what it cost to replace the one in my '89 323 with an aftermarket (non-Mazda) radiator. The parts and fluids themselves cost about $130. The remainder was labor. This was about 3-4 years ago.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    You may not need a new radiator. Mine was leaking in the cooling (finned) section, so wasn't easily fixed. If the leak's in an accessible line, you might be able to weld it shut.
  • curt3curt3 Posts: 101
    Go to the radiator speacialists--the dealers tend to go for the eazy fix instead of the practical and money saving way. Good luck.
  • f4jf4j Posts: 7
    Bought a new 2001 es w/moonroof yesterday. (4/27)
    During pre-buy test drive, did not notice excessive wind noise.
    Going home, wind was blowing 20 - 25 mph. When I got to 70 mph and driving into the wind, a loud wind noise like a high note on a flute or blowing across a coke bottle started happening. This was not the normal rush of wind that is present going 70. Did not notice at 60 to 65. Since the wind blows like that half the time here, that's going to be hard to live with.
    Can't really isolate the area. Seems to be the upper windshield. Lesser possiblity to be the moon roof. All the moulding looks intact and the moonroof closes properly.
    It's one of those noises that's real hard to determine the source - kinda like trying locate the source of a cricket by the sound - so it could be coming from anywhere. Passenger in right, front seat couldn't tell where the source was any better than I could.
    Of course I'm going back to the dealer, but would like some ideas before I go.
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    It hits resonance about 60-65mph in 99-00 models. Seems their redesign moved the point upwards to 70mph.
  • f4jf4j Posts: 7
    You mean to tell me that every Mazda Protege ES Sedan in the world that goes 70 mph airspeed (could be 50 mph on speedometer into a 20 mph wind) is sounding like a coke bottle symphony inside?? It drives me crazy. I would never consider a car that does this. I never saw this probem mentioned in any reviews that I read.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    My 2001 ES doesn't sound like that.
  • dsm6dsm6 Posts: 813
    my 02 ES. I drive 75 every day - no whistle.
  • chicagoprochicagopro Posts: 1,009
    My 2000 ES makes the noise, although not really a coke bottle whistle, more like the sound you get when a window is open. Seems to be coming from the top of the windshield, towards the passenger side.

    Kicks in at about 58 mph (sometimes lower, depending on wind speed), and doesn't seem to go away above that...even at speeds up to 80 mph.

    Again, this is a replacement windshield...not sure how that factors in. Would be interested to hear from other 2000 owners before I pursue it with the dealer.
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