This is the second time this piece has fallen off. This time I lost it but I have not encountered any problems. This piece is located behind the left front wheel. It is rectangular in shape about two feet long and six inches wide ,plastic, and appears to be some kind of air control. Could you please tell me whether to replace it or not. Thank you for your help.
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limited performance indicates that the ecm put the engine in the low power mode due to a problem encountered with a sensor ( low oil level-pressure, overheat /low coolant level, gear box temperature over heat, loose position sensor/s . Run the fault codes first to determine where the faults are. Check that the cam shaft is turning ( broken timing belt)
Do you mean broken off and stuck inside or broken off and fallen out? Broken off and fallen out in this case is a good thing. Sounds like you mean the exhaust is broken at the manifold but what isn't clear is which piece, the manifold or the exhaust pipe. The manifold is a part of the engine, the exhaust pipe is connected to the manifold via the flange you speak of so if it is broken (coming from the engine as a base point) before the flange you need to change the manifold (less likely - hardly ever breaks - usually made of cast iron or cast aluminium) or where they typically break just after the flange (exhaust pipes are notorious for rusting out here, you will need to replace the front exhaust pipe and donut (gasket within the flange). Due to the high heat in this area it is extremely common for the bolts holding the pipe to the manifold to not just be ceased to it (lube will probably do no good) but to actually weld (or forge if you will) themselves to the metal of the pipe, in which case you need to cut them out with a torch. A good mechanic can usually do this without damaging the manifold. That is why it is a good thing if they have broken off and fallen out, much easier to change then welded in bolts (which would not fall out). I say replace the front exhaust pipe because without knowing which year your protege is or if it has an after market exhaust I don't know for sure if it is a one piece system or more than one piece. If it is a one piece you will need to either change the whole thing or do some cutting and welding to piece a section in. In which case, I do not recommend cutting the new piece you purchase but if the old exhaust on the vehicle is in alright shape from the muffler back you may be able to section it off and just replace the front section. Piecing it together would require at least one more piece, one to contact the old pipe to the new which would also need to be welded on but this method can still be cheaper (most of the time). Anything other than a simple in/out replacement will require torches and obviously if the bolts are welded in it is not a simple in/out job.
Wrong key?.....ha. No, sounds like the tumblers inside the ignition have "fallen". Try lifting the small pieces of metal inside the ignition with a paperclip or something similar. If you can move any of the pieces inside then you need an ignition. You may even be able to insert the key with the piece lifted. "very delicate".
I'm not a car expert,so I apologize for the vague explanation, but this happened to me awhile back and it was a fairly simple fix. I went over to my uncle's place and we took the inside paneling off of the the hatch. Once that was off all we had to do was put the locking bar and plastic washer that had fallen out of place back into position. Neither of the pieces were broken, the plastic washer that held the bar place had just fallen off and the bar that kept the door shut had subsequently fallen out of the moving lock mechanism as well. I think the only tools we used where a screwdriver and a ratchet set. I have not had any problems with it since.