Question about 2000 Mazda Protege
Engine dies, speedo & tach dips to zero, then engine starts & all back to normal. Fixed bad battery connection, checked key/starter circuit, OK
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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It sounds to me like your electrical system is having a hard time regulating itself. I would start by checking the negative battery cable connections for corrosion...also make sure the negative cable is well grounded to the engine block or frame. I had a Trans Am that kept throwing alternators when I was 16. Someone told me to check the negative and after a couple more alternators I did. It was grounded from battery to a sheetmetal bracket. On the engine block no more then 18" away I found an almost greased clogged hole barely visible. unbolted from sheetmetal and bolted right into block. If not negative cable you could have a voltage regulator problem, which is in your alternator, and would probably all be replaced at once. Most parts stores that carry alternators can check your whole charging system. If neither remedies problem the start looking for wiring harnesses that have had fasteners break allowing them to lay to close to hot engine components. Pretty often some of the plastic fasteners will become brittle and break, or may not be re-installed properly by clumsy lube attendants.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
yes it could be the starter next time it won't start give the starter motor a tap with a hammer or wheel brace also check where the small blade connector is there should be a fuse in line could be the problem hope this helps regards Jim
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
HI, there can be many issues that will trigger this light at this time. It can be as simple as needing an oil change or, it can be as serious as needing new injectors or a crank/knock sensor.
MOst of the time, it will concern a failed sensor of some sort. The best way to find out what the actual problem can be is to take this vehicle to a local mechaninc or the dealership so they can run a diagnostic scan on the ecm/pcm. this scan will let you or your mechaninc know where the actual issue is at hand, The scan will produce a error code that will point to all problem spots and there respective locations.
Omce the scan is ran, the mechanic will be able to fix the affected area and shut off the light as well.
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Posted on May 05, 2009
Just took my car to the shop for the same appearent reason me also thinking it may be lifters. My mechanic said it spounds like a worn wrist pin ...... bad news for you if this is the case .......recomendations rebuild the engine or buy a new or remanufactured one. if the wrist pin lets go then you could throw a rod. If you must drive the car please be gentle
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
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