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Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair



  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212

    Yes, I remember you. Life has been a whirlwind of job changes and family events and I've had little time to visit Edmunds. The current job is so demanding I am about to lose my mind!

    About the alternator, I had it replaced by a non-Mazda garage. The alternator cost about $210, with about $75 labor.

    I also wish I had never traded my 1992 Protege! It was problem-free for the approximately 60,000 miles I owned it. Bought it for $1500 under invoice, too. The seat fabric was the best non-leather fabric I have ever seen - durable as heck! Oh well, we live and we learn.

    Good luck to you!

    And, protege_fan, I am pretty certain that my 1.8 liter DOHC is an interference type engine. Maybe the newer 2.0 liter version is a non-interference type (like the old 1998-2000 Ford Escort 2.0 liter engine). I could be wrong. . .
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    is attributed to the fact that Mazda makes non-interference engines for the Protege.

    So No. You do not have an interference engine.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "And, protege_fan, I am pretty certain that my 1.8 liter DOHC is an interference type engine. Maybe the newer 2.0 liter version is a non-interference type (like the old 1998-2000 Ford Escort 2.0 liter engine)."

    The 1.8L and 2.0L in 99-03 Proteges are essentially the same engine with different stroke lenghts, both are non-interference. The Escort 2.0L engine is not the same engine as the Protege 2.0L.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    I own a 00 ES 5-Speed with 32,000 miles. Lately I've noticed a drop in MPG of around 2mpg. Also, when I back up with the wheels turned either direction and depress the clutch the car will stop as if the brake is slightly on. It does not seem to occur in forward motion. The emergency brake is not involved. If I straighten the wheels out during the event, the car will roll with no resistance.

    Also, while accelerating I occasionally feel like something is holding the car back? Like someone is pushing against the front as I accelerate?

    Does anyone have any thoughts? I was wondering about the differential? I have had the car in the shop twice over the past 3 years for them to check out a "clunk" sound I get on the 1-2, and 2-3 after the car is warm. Both times I have been told it is a normal sound. I have service tickets from both appointments. The car is under warranty until 7-20-03.

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Ditto. My '92 was running like the proverbial "top" when I traded it in at 83,000 miles. I had the "Elegant Beige Metallic" paint job. I passed one on I-95 going home yesterday; it looked pretty darned good. I could only imagine how many miles were on THAT 11-year-old zoom-zoomer!!!

  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Had your brakes checked?

    (My 2000 ES 5-speed is at 54,000 miles and doing just fine!)

  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    According to the Gates Rubber website, the only engine in the Protege that is an interference engine is the 2001 2.0 DOHC. It's the only one marked with an "*". Here's the link: - .pdf&folder=brochure&CFID=214427&CFTOKEN=22025634
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Gates is wrong.
  • may be the brakes. My 96 Protege had a problem with the caliper pins not sliding and the problem was agravated when I turned (poping sounds when breaking while turning at low speeds). If your calipers are not sliding properly, they may be binding, thus the resistance when you accelerate plus the lower milage.

    However, I also noted the same feeling of resistance when accelerating and lower mpg's due to spark plug wires. How many miles do you have on your current set of plug wires?

  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    if u put it in N, does it roll easily?
    that might help u rule out the brakes angle.
    or is the brake fluid tube getting pinched when u turn full? that may cause it to push the calipers?
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    If they don't get enough lubrication or get too much corrosion or brake dust deposits, then they'll bind up, like they have on my '89 323. I have to spare a weekend to disassemble, clean and lubricate both front brake caliper assemblies on my poor neglected baby. :(
  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    Thanks for the Gates link. I has seen that link a couple of years ago with older data and I could swear that most Mazda engines were listed as interference type.

    Well, that is good news. I don't guess we'll worry about replacing the next timing belt until the new one breaks (which may not occur for quite some time).

    Bummer on my Elantra GT, though! Interfence engine and 60,000 mile service! Arrgh!
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Yeah, it's a handy reference. I thought that our 92 Protege 1.8 DOHC was an interference engine the entire 10 years that I owned it! Go figure!

    We have a VW Passat now, and I just read on another site of a guy whose timing belt prematurely failed. Lucky for him, his warranty covered the $3,500 to $4,000 cost.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I can't believe Gates has the Mazda DOHC 2.0L listed as an interference engine. It is not an interference engine. It was like that last year and I would expect them to have fixed their catalog by now. Oh well.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    I e-mailed that correction to Gates about a year ago, and they admitted their error, but still no correction!
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    I never thought about the front calipers binding. I'll have it checked.

  • ram22ram22 Posts: 15
    I have a 2001 Protege LX 2 litre auto trans with 22,000 miles and seems quite good; a pleasure to drive around.

    If I release the brakes very slowly while starting to move OR if I apply the brakes very softly while bringing the car to a gradual halt, the brakes make a slight clunk sound or groaning sound. This always happens on an inclined plane.
    I have also unconsciously mastered this and I can make it groan or not if I choose to.

    I am worried about this sound. What is causing it and how can I solve it ?
    Will the Mazda dealer solve this free of cost since it is still under the bump to bump warranty ?
    Kindly advise.

    -Ramprasad S.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    very normal.
    nothing to worry about.
  • ram22ram22 Posts: 15
    Thank you chikoo.
    Thanks for the info about engine heat also.

    Normal ? I am surprised; but also glad.

    I have driven other cars like Corolla, Camry, Civic - each for about a month while we rented them or friends' cars. They don't make this noise.
  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    brake pads bieng used. Asbestos free or something.
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