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Mazda Protege Basic Maintenance Questions

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
edited October 2014 in Mazda
How do you baby your Protege? Please share your care and maintenance regimen here.

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  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    Well ours is new, so just washing it so far. it still has that new car smell!!! The wife drove it through one of those car wash places where its staffed this week. I was miffed. but what can you do.

    There's a local shop here that has tons of car care products and I might go and get some in about 2-3 months to redo the entire wax and stuff.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    Anybody used this thing before? Last week I tried to use some touch-up paint to fix a little chip on the rear door and, predictably, ended up with a pretty ugly blob of paint. I searched on the web the next day and I found this Langka thing ( Seems like too good to be true. Any suggestions/opinions/comments?

  • I'm almost at 15,000 miles, and I'm thinking about doing the 15,000 mile maintenance from the Owner's Manual. Does anyone know how much it will cost? I'm also thinking about getting it filled w/ synthetic oil this time...I've heard a
    lot of good things about it.

    What's everyone's favorite wax? I've used Turtle Wax Finish 2001 (not very good) and Meguiar's Gold Class. It has a good shine, but doesn't last long at all! Once I run out I will buy some NuFinish, we'll see how it works!
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    I have to change the wife's oil soon. its at 2500, and I'd like to replace it with dino oil until the 5K mark. After that it will go to Mobil 1 at 5K intervals.

    as for the waxes.. Zymol is good.
  • Nikecar listed the best waxes from Consumer Reports in the "Mazda Protege" forum on post #108. Hope that helps.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    nice... thanks.. i dreaded inputing all the info back again!!!
  • I asked in the pro-discussion if you could get one for the 01, but I forgot to ask if anyone had one, and if so, how well it worked and looked. does it look and work? Any model info will work.
  • Chances are that it's just an minor abrasive cream.
    Which means: Lots of elbow grease &
    Damage to your surrounding clear coat (even if it says clear coat safe) If it's abrasive enought to take out a blob of paint, it's also wearing down your clear coat.
  • Especially in the rainy day.
    Is this a common problem of Pro?
    Any suggestions except AC on?
    I don't think turn on AC while outside temp. is 25 is a solution.
    Besides, it didn't help much at all.

    Thanks in advance!

  • speedyptspeedypt Posts: 200
    Change your air selector to "outside air" instead of "recirculated air" and use full heat with the A/C compressor on. It WILL dry out the foggy windows. I used to have the same problem with my '92 and that worked great.


  • I bought some of that anti-fog stuff from rainx. It works, well, but it's a paint to install. You have to really whipe it on good, let dry to haze and then whipe off with a clean towel. The wiping off takes a lot of work, because the haze really likes to stick to the glass.

    Then when the windows fog up in only a few small places, you'll see all the spots you missed.

    Don't get any of that stuff on plastics, because it may change the color. Also use in a well ventelated area.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Has anyone tried the RainX window washer fluid? I am not talking about the small bottle of RainX "booster" designed to help maintain the RainX windshield application. The stuff, I saw at Auto Zone was on sale for a $1.99 a gallon and was sold in the same section as other window washer/de-icer fluids.

    Matt, is the RainX anti-fog applied to the inside of the windshield? Also, have you or any other Mazda Protege owners tried the original RainX?

  • Hi , i'v tried both rainx anti-fog and the rain repelling one.
    all i can say is the repelling one is excellent, i don't really need to use my winshield wipers.
    as for the anti-fog, i didn't really help much, i guess i didn't wipe all the excess off...
  • I have tried the Rain-X Washer fluid and had the notion it would repell water just like the other Rain-X product, where in fact it works just like regular washer fluid. Ohh and its pink. :)
  • You apply it to the inside. Be very generous. And the hardest part is wiping of the smudges it makes when it dries.

    I have used the Pink fluid. It works great for easily coating your windsheild with Rain-X, but it's a poor window cleaner. Try getting the additive and put that in a high quality window fluid.
    I bought regular RainX, additive and antifog in a 3 pack for $8 at SAM's Club - great deal for three big bottles.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    I use the pink fluid.. works great and gets the love bugs off too. also I use the RainX window cleaner. its clear with a blue label I think, like Windex. its safe on tints and works like any other RainX product.
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    I was searching for other ways to remove unsightly touch-up paint jobs on Edmund's main care and maintenance board in addition to Langka (which I asked about on this board recently), and fell upon a posting saying that nail polish removers will remove touch-up paints easily without hurting the original clear coat. So I tried it, and guess what? It worked perfectly! Now I will no longer have to endure a bad touch-up paint job anymore!

    hope this little tip helps.

  • chikoochikoo Posts: 3,008
    Upon extended use, you will find your wipers chattering when sweeping across your windshield.

    my 22 dollars worth of advice.
  • will cause extra glare at night.
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    the only time I hear that is when the blades are old (like now) or if the glass is dry and I still have the blades going
  • 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.
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