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Mazda Protege Maintenance and Repair



  • jrdwyerjrdwyer Posts: 168
    My Haynes manual states that most of the relays (including the TNS) are located in one relay assembly under the dashboard on the driver's side. If faulty, they suggest removing and testing by a dealer or qualified shop and that defective relays must be replaced as a unit. It seems beyond the scope of the manual, I guess. Thankfully, I haven't had any problems with relays yet.
  • jrdwyerjrdwyer Posts: 168
    I adjusted the pedal height and freeplay of the clutch this afternoon on my '95 Pro LX. I am to the point of having no more adjustment room left, or in other words, I am at the end of the threads on the bolt to keep it in specs. Coincidentally, the car just recently began lugging noticeably and some shuddering at lower RPM's in higher gears. For example, I use to be able to run fine at 2000 RPMs in 4th gear. Now it needs to be 2200-2400 RPMs. Is this a sign of the clutch failing? I am expecting it sometime soon as I run the car hard and have 183K miles. Thanks.
  • newtoboardnewtoboard Posts: 12
    I have a '99 also ES. The same exact thing is happening to me also. I, like you, play w ith the volume control when the radio is on and the screen goes blank and it brings it back. Everything else in the car works fine, so I think it's probably something with the wiring. The only pain is when I first turn the car on sometimes and the display is not there and I can't turn the radio on. After a few minutes or so it comes on and I'm able to do everything. It's a nusance, but I'll live with it. It's better than going out and buying a whole new radio which like you said had a cassette and CD combined. If you ever find a solution, please post.

    Thanks :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    183K miles on a clutch is not bad. I think it's time.

  • 11b33t11b33t Posts: 51
    92 Pro has a sun roof alignment problem where I can use the tilt feature but when I attempt to open the sun roof, the panel will drop down in preparation to open but 'hangs' up on the drivers side. Looks like it may be an alignment issue. Tried to use the manual crank but same problem prevents opening. Anyone have some insight on troubleshooting?
  • sirgunitsirgunit Posts: 5
    I have a 2000 Protege Lx and it has the auto lock but when i go to lock it or unlock it it does not move on the driver side so i have to use the key or pull it up or push it down. Anyone know how to fix it?
  • I would like to avoid the cost of the dealership. The computer gave a 17 code and said to lean. However, it is not a constant code. the computer can be clear for 100 miles or so. It cuts out when the accelerator is about half way down. If I don't try to accelerate to fast it does not do it or if I push it all the way down it seems to stop. I am stumped
  • ndholendhole Posts: 2
    I purchased a used 95 protege with a 1.5L standard trans. that had the same problem. Ended up my problem was the throttle positioning sensor, about $120 at O'Rielly Auto Supply or Autozone. It's kind of a pain to replace though because of a prong that has to line up just right or you'll bend it and it won't work properly. You also might just need your engine idled up some. I had both done at the same time and haven't had a similar problem since.
  • ndholendhole Posts: 2
    If your mechanic doesn't have a clue then take it to a different mechanic, he's looking to rip you off. I had a similar problem with my 95 protege it's a standard trans 1.5L. Ended up it was the throttle positions sensor, that and my mechanic idled up the engine as well and problem solved.
  • ridaveridave Posts: 2
    Everything else is hunky-dory. Not a single issue with anything. Battery is pretty new I think, though can't remember if the battery I replaced two years ago was on my Mazda, or my wife's Saab.

    Perhaps related: two years ago check engine light came on. Turned out that oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. The light is on again. I have not yet had it diagnosed. There is no relation between timing of check engine light and badly behaving radio but thought maybe that whatever is causing the check engine may also be causing the radio.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Check the connections in the rear of your head unit, and make sure the ground wire is securely attached to both the head unit and the chassis of your car (an inexpensive multimeter will suffice to check the ground connections).

    Disconnect and reconnect the wire harnesses. Corrosion forms on these eventually and these motions should cut through it.

    If all else fails, replace it. I put in an aftermarket (as the factory unit is very expensive), and I haven't missed the tape player (which I did get as an add-on option). However, I did put in a unit that offers a front AUX input jack, so I can plug in my iPod. :)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    It could be a bad sensor, since the motor seems like it still works.

    I'd also check to see if the drive mechanism may have gotten misaligned or any components may have gotten loose or worn.

    In my '89 323LX, the manual sunroof would tilt up, but not pull down and retract. Turns out the main drive gear was loose and wasn't engaging the cables enough to overcome resistance in the retract mechanisms. All I had to do was tighten a screw and it worked perfectly again. Too bad it took me 2 years to overcome my fear of popping off the rear-view mirror to get at the main drive gear. I was going to be putting it up for sale, and I figured I may as well try fixing it before showing it. Gads, I miss that car.
  • 11b33t11b33t Posts: 51
    Do you recommend I get the Chilton or Hayes manual to tackle this one? Took a look at what small places and components I can access but not much to see. I'm also reluctant to start pulling apart & going into the guts of the roof to sort this one out. I put up the SUV to offset gas prices & am having a blast zooming around in my Pro again (trying to remember why I took a break from driving her :confuse: ) but I'd like to be able to slide the roof back & enjoy the sun...
  • cityfishercityfisher Posts: 11
    I have a protege DX 2000 with 30K miles. Recently I found that acceleration was very slow, especially when I was merging onto the highway. After I drive it on highway for about 20 minutes, the check engine light came on. I read the code at autozone, it said code P1170 ( fuel/air metering). However, the light went off after driving on local way for a few miles. This happed several times. I changed all the spark plugs, but this problem remains.
    When I change the spark plug, I found that the third plug was terrible. There was some white deposit like ash all over the porcelain insulator, the wall of the plug hole and the surface of the rubber connector. I don't know what caused it. The other 3 spark plug looked fine. I am going to change the wires.
    Anyone can give me some suggestions what is the cause of the check engine light? what should I do other than changing the spark plug wires?
  • 11b33t11b33t Posts: 51
    spark plugs
    Check out above link to get an idea about your spark plugs under normal and abnormal wear. As for the check engine light (CEL), most times the CEL denotes an emissions warning/problem. I could be as simple as replacing your air filter or as problematic as your MAF sensor/housing, O2 sensors or EGF going out. Try the simple stuff first e.g. replace air filter, one bottle of Tecron fuel system cleaner in the next tank of gas, replacing all spark plugs and wires at the same time before you lay out money at the shop. Good luck...
  • headlockheadlock Posts: 1
    I started my car while I had a air compressor plugged into the cigarette lighter, now the CD/Radio and the lighter are not working. I know that its probably a fuse, but I've checked them all out and I can't figure out what the problem is. Does anyone know which fuse is responsible for that part of the car? I'd look in my owner's manual but it was stolen on Christmas Eve when somebody broke into my car at work. Any help, suggestions or positive thoughts are much appreciated.
  • cityfishercityfisher Posts: 11
    I don't understand why the CEL comes on when driving on high way, but goes off and never comes back when driving on local way.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    For many of you reporting problems with your Proteges, there is a fantastic site that you can access the official service manual for your car via post 856 in the Edmunds forum for Mazda Protege5 Owners : Problems & Solutions.
  • jrdwyerjrdwyer Posts: 168
    Great Site. Thanks for posting it.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Yes, it was a real find. Actually, Joe, the credit should go to 02pro5 I just made reference to his/her posting.

    Idea: wouldn't it be great if every car had the option for an electronic as well as printed manual? Imagine your Nav screen or your laptop walking you through a repair.
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    IMO, they're about the same. I've purchased or referenced both.

    Motor is better, but I don't usually find them in stores. I stumbled across them in the local public library. They don't have the latest editions, but maybe one before. For most of us, that works. :)

    Before you buy, check to see if your local public library carries them. You can then compare them side-by-side before you decide which is better for you.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 629
    at is a very great "find". Among all the rest, one can find all the recommended engine, body and wheel torques ---- why it's so difficult to find that sort of info on the Internet has always been a mystery to me.
  • civiletticiviletti Posts: 86
    same problem with my '99 es. I think it's an intermittent connection in the display. I replaced my cd receiver with an alpine.
  • civiletticiviletti Posts: 86
    my '99 es lean mixture code was caused by a leaking intake manifold gasket.
  • cityfishercityfisher Posts: 11
    I have a protege 2000 DX. Recently I found the car had s big hesitation during acceleration. Right after I shift from 1st gear to 2nd gear or 2nd to 3rd gear, I feel a big loss of power, the car accelerates very slowly until the speed goes up several MPH, then accelerates much faster. After I shift to a higher gear, this phenomon happens again.
    When I start the car in the morning, everything is fine. After driving several miles. the hesitation starts.
    I searched this forum and found in message 31 and 32, someone were talking about a similar symptom. they cited a "protege 4 thread, post 300". How can I found that post? Please help me. Thanks!
  • mazdaes99mazdaes99 Posts: 1
    How did you fix the problem ? would you mind to share ..

    mine is a Mazda Protege 99 with 52K on it ...:) I am getting a strange sound
    (not periodic) between 40-50 miles ..never heard/noticed on high speeds

    i had taken it to the dealer and they test drived it for 7 miles but they couldnt reproduce the problem ..:( ..

    1)when pumping the gas pedal .
    2)Occurs more on bumps or Turns or UpHill Driving
    3)it goes away anytime I apply brakes.

    any thoughts on it ????
  • gew95001gew95001 Posts: 2
    I have a strong feeling that my water pump is going in my 1995 protege. I hear a ringing sound sometimes and have just started smelling burnt coolant. How difficult is it to replace the water pump myself? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • usnldousnldo Posts: 1
    I had the same problem. It was the disk in the actual steering wheel. It went off on me at 4am when it was 20 degrees outside. The horn needed to be replaced and the dealership did it in less than a day. That was seven years ago and no problem since.
  • mazcarmazcar Posts: 7
    hi all, :D
    the problem of low revs on my 96' pro has almost vanished after i switched to premium grade chevron fuel !!
    i have put in a couple of tank fulls till now & the problem has significantly reduced, though not completely solved.
    i will go ahead and change the plug wires too, will give the feed back then.
    thanks guys,
  • inselinsel Posts: 2
    Hello All,

    I have 01 Protege and the audio system failed second time, and this time it is not under warranty. I wonder if it's a known issue and if I have options.

    While not moving and engine was running I inserted a CD and I got no sound. The radio looks like working but no sound, and the CD is stuck there.

    The same problem happened two years ago and the dealer changed the whole system. I think it will cost much considering I lost my job two weeks ago.

    Do I have other options; fixing, other brands etc?


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