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2001 Mazda Protege DX 1.6l sluggish when cranking and won't start.

I just changed the timing belt and water pump on my friend's 2001 Mazda Protege DX 1.6l. I made sure the timing marks were all aligned for each individual cam and the crankshaft gear. I even turned the engine with a breaker bar a couple of times to make sure the marks stayed lined up. Took out a spark plug in cylinder No. 1 to ensure TDC, everything is perfect. But when I go to fire it up, even with jumper cables hooked up to his battery, the engine is really sluggish to turn like it's struggling. But I'm able to use the breaker bar to turn the engine fairly easily, with the usual resistance of the cam lobes you feel when you turn it. We took off the starter, took it to the parts store and they bench tested it and said it was okay, I checked for continuity in the power and ground from the battery, we even changed the oil because it was overfilled (he took it to Pepboys for an oil change and started noticing problems ever since, go figure). I'm just at my wits end here with this one.

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Pull the oil filter & take it apart

I would never go to pep boys,
seems their handy work is part
to blame there

You do your own timing belt,why would
you have someone change your oil?

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

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SOURCE: 2001 mazda protege will not start

well, with all that you have changed the only two possible things that are left PCM and the ECM....

Do you have an alarm system on this vehicle? If you purchased this car second hand it may have something that is inhibiting the engine from firing. From what you have told us here that would be where I would start looking.

I really hope this is helpfull

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

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Hi my name is juan and lets try to solve this it is possible that when you rotated the camshaft the distributor last his position and this is why it won't start it may not be the problem but this happens a lot so open your distributor and aline up your marks on camshaft and the crankshaft then make sure the distributor is pointing near the #1 spark plug if is opposite give it a 1 more turn to the crankshaft line up your marks again and se what happens #1 spark plug is the closets to the front part of the engine on 4cil

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Mazda Protege 2.0 Engine Problem

Thanks for update. That timing belt issue, was the first thing that came to mind, well let's hope they find problem. I'd make a point of showing the original mechanic the repair order/bill after to see what his response is, if it is the belt installed wrong. Keep me posted.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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You have to align the timing marks on the timing gears. You should go to a parts store and purchase a haynes repair manual they cost about fifteen dollars and are very helpfull.

Posted on Nov 01, 2009

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SOURCE: 97 mazda 626 dx 2.0. manual shift, crank but won't

First check the spark plugs.

If your engine cranks normally but will not start because it has no spark, or it stalls and won't restart because it has no spark, the problem may be due to any of the following:

1) A bad pickup inside the distributor ,a stripped distributor drive gear (common problem with plastic distributor drive gears), broken, loose or corroded wires from the pickup to the ignition module or PCM.

2) A bad crankshaft position (CKP) sensor or broken, loose or corroded wires from the sensor to the PCM.

3) A bad ignition module or A bad ignition coil .

4) A bad rotor or distributor cap (cracks or carbon tracks that are allowing the spark to short to ground)

5) Faulty ignition switch.

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You can also do a test to confirm the problem .The procedure to do the test is as follows:---

If your engine has spark plug wires, disconnect one of the plug wires from a spark plug and place the end of the wire near a metal surface on the engine. Then insert a small Phillips screwdriver into the end of the wire (the plug boot), or a small bolt or nail to provide a conductive path. Then crank the engine and look for a spark to jump from the screwdriver, bolt or nail in the end of the plug wire to the engine. If you do not see a spark, there is an ignition problem.

OR-----------

If your engine has a coil-on-plug ignition system with no plug wires, In that case remove one of the coils from the spark plug and insert an old spark plug, a spark plug tester or a screwdriver into the end of the coil. Ground the spark plug or plug tester to the engine, then crank the engine and look for a spark. No spark indicates an ignition problem.

Possibilities to be checked in this problem are as follows:--


If the engine has no spark, check for voltage at the coil positive terminal when the ignition key is on. If NO voltage, then problem is on the trigger side of the coil (pickup, crank sensor, ignition module or primary wiring circuit).

But If there is NO voltage at the coil itself, then in that case the problem is on the supply side (the ignition switch or ignition wiring circuit).

But if the coil has voltage, then problem may be a bad high voltage output wire from the coil to the distributor, hairline cracks in the coil output tower, or cracks or carbon tracks inside the distributor cap or on the rotor.------Getting this all possibilities checked will point towards the exact faulty part which is to be replaced.

But if all this possibilities checked out ok,then yes its the ECU fault.Get the ECU checked and replaced.----------This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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