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Car won’t start, battery is good. Head lights in dash won’t come on. Radio comes on. Can’t lock doors.
The only way to rule out the battery as a cause, or contributing factor, is to perform a load test on the battery. If a battery has internal defects, even if fully "charged" it may not be able to supply...
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Transmission is slipping
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of issues with the transmission or clutch. If it is a manual transmission and appears to be having trouble staying in gear, or transferring...
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Steering wheel shaking
The speed must be taken into consideration, in order to properly diagnose a shaky steering wheel during driving. A shaking or vibrating wheel at low speed may point to a problem with tires, or with bent/broken suspension components. On the...
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Engine overheats
There are several possible problems that can cause your car to overheat. It could have a failed water pump, which would cause it to not circulate coolant through the radiator, allowing it to overheat. You could have a thermostat that...
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where is crankshaft sensor located on a 2000 protege
The crankshaft sensor is on the front of engine below and behind the crankshaft pulley. The air gap on the new sensor should be set to .020 to .060. If gap is too big it will not start and if...
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Why does my Mazda Protege suddenly revs high upon start up as if I were stepping on it?
A high idle can be caused by a defective sensor or an engine vacuum leak. Have computer tested for codes and engine checked for vacuum leaks at PCV valve or other vacuum hoses and at intake manifold.
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Hi! I have a 2001 Mazda Protege that is giving me some transmission problems.
The problem sounds like the filter is getting clogged or the front main transmission pump is getting weak and internal seals are leaking. I would suggest having the filter screen cleaned and fluid replaced to see if shifting improves? If...
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Check engine light and low idle
What you are describing sounds like a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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2003 Mazda Protege Manual, shift lever hart to move
Do you have any transmission fluid leaks or clutch hydraulic control leaks? If the transmission gear oil has leaked out, that can cause hard shifting. If no leaks are apparent, there are only two possible causes of what you describe:...
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Is it normal for a 127k mileage car to consume 1 qt of oil every 3k miles?
That is excessive oil consumption. But at that rate, it might be something you can live with. Turbocharged engines will tend to use more oil than conventional engines. But there are a few things you want to look out for....
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I have a mazda 1998 protege dx when i turn on the ac the car starts to shake alot but when i turn off the ac it runs normal .....
Hi Omar. Thanks for contacting us today. Shaking with the a/c on can be caused by a number of reasons. The a/c compressor puts a lot of strain on the engine because the compressor is similar to being a small...
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How long do it take to replace a car thermostat
The time required varies by vehicle year, make, and model. The required time could range from 1/2 hour to literally hours in some unusual designs. For your particular year, make and model, that is a 2002 Protege, it requires about...
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One of my fuel injector burned out what's wrong?
If you are referring to the electrical solenoid within the injector, like any electrical part it can fail due to degradation of the insulation, wire breaks and so forth. The injector can be tested while still on the car and...
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Radiator busted, car overheated, shut off, did I blow the motor ?
Hi There, Unfortunately, it sounds like your motor may have gotten hot and resulted in some kind of damage that caused it to lose oil pressure, which may have made the problem worse. As you know, there are generally two...
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1998 Mazda protege: Had the EGR valve replaced, cleared the computer codes, still get the check engine light then a EGR problem co
Code P0400 does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the EGR valve itself. The only way to condemn the EGR valve is to directly test it. In particular Code P0400 includes a circumstance where the EGR passages...
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Running really rough, not starting usually. Battery light came on. Car overheated. Headlights turn off when I put the high beams on.
Hi there. With the information given, it sounds like you accidentally put 3 bottles of Gas Heet (water / antifreeze remover) into the gas tank. There is to be only 1 bottle of Gas Heet to a full fuel tank...
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The car surges when accelerating in first gear only.
You may have a problem with the mass air flow sensor causing the engine to run too lean and will cause a hesitation or surge when accelerating from a stop. You may have to have the computer system checked to...
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Knocking noise immediately during acceleration and rolling in neutral. Mounts replaced, no leaks. Ran it on stands only replicate 2001 Mazda Protege
Hello - a knocking noise while rolling in neutral is likely a damaged Constant Velocity joint or a wheel bearing with a "hard spot" or damaged position in the bearing. Acceleration puts additional load on the CV joints, so your...
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The motor runs good but the master cil yder look low and liquid
Hi there. I'm not quite sure as to what you're asking, but if your master cylinder (brakes) is low on brake fluid, it's possible that you have a brake leak somewhere that should be located and repaired as soon as...
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After adding oil, (it burns some), the car lost power and produced EXCESSIVE blue smoke, and only under moderate load.
There is no way for me to know if you have bad piston rings based on your statement. I would recommend that if you already have the head off for repair to the valves then it is now the best...

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