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My '93 protege DX overheated,tried to drive it home(it quit). We put water in it(no leak), but it won't start. How do I decide if it is too expensive to fix? It has been very dependable up until now.

Radiator isn't leaking what do i need to check?

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Check oil for a milky coat if feels and looks milky then most likely cracked block or head pull spark plug and check for oil on plug as well if alot means piston rings are shot

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Overheating issue


The big question is it overheating because of coolant loss (a leak or leaks) or is the overheating caused by a jammed thermostat, blocked radiator or the cooling fan not working.
This is the confusing chicken-and-egg situation that often faces the diagnostician, especially as when checked the coolant level is likely to be low in both cases and overheating can create coolant leaks...
Furthermore when an older engine overheats a lot or boils it can begin a chain of events that causes great expense and inconvenience over an extended period of time...

In your case it would seem the coolant is low because of a leak and that is what caused the overheating. Clearly you need to trace the leak and I can be of little help in the matter other than to suggest a hose can fail at any time and although regular inspections can greatly reduce the chances it can't entirely eliminate the possibility. Water pumps on the other hand, often aren't accessible for inspection without removing lots of stuff but they are generally very reliable and tend not to suddenly start gushing coolant. Most often they are responsible for a minor mystery coolant loss that gradually gets worse over an extended period.

I am wondering if the previous owner could have known something about the problem.

Locating the leak would generally mean getting under the car and removing any undershield components in order to narrow the area of the leak and then remove any further components until eyes can be rested on the actual source of the leak.

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Changed thermostst and heater hose, car ran fine but leaked on right side of engine (Freeze Plug) now car stopped running while driving and wont start


sounds like the frost plug(freeze plug)let go and needs to be replaced. may have overheated the motor and it stopped due to overheating, as you say it was running and then just stopped and won`t start. just so you know the right side of the motor is the side facing the radiator as the pulleys face the drivers side. this is how a tech differentiates left from right on a Honda. fill with the proper anti-freeze and water mixture. this is all the help I can give you with the information you have supplied.

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When I pour coolant into my 1991 Mazda Proteges radiator, it starts to fill then I see it leaking out of the front of motor. What could be the issue?


The leak you have my friend is either the Water Pump, any burst water hose (s) or any core plug (s). You need a qualified mechanic assistance.

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Hi Robin, As the battery is new and presumably not defective, I think you should suspect the soloniod fitted to the starter motor. If that component has become defective it will give the sound you're reporting. Depending on where you live in the world and the labour charges, you can have the contacter's replaced or the starter motor (if labour charges are high) Regards John

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My 1998 mazda protege overheated and now it wont start


SOUND LIKE BLOWED HEAD GASKET.BUT WAIT TO SEE IF ENGINE WILL CRANK WHEN ENGINE COOL DOWN.MOST CARS PCM WILL SHUT CAR DOWN TO KEEP FROM DAMAGING THE ENGINE.CHECK FOR LOW COOLANT.YOUR OVERHEATING PROBLEM COULD BE CAUSED BY BAD THERMOSTAT OR WATER PUMP.CHECK PUMP WEEP HOLE TO SEE IF LEAKING.IF YES REPLACE WATER PUMP.

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My mazda protege died in middle of driving. i changed the fuel pump, it drove properly for less than an hour. then it started loosing power where it would go up and down in speed. over the course of 3...


Probably your spark plug get wet (water get into your spark plug), so it doesn't work quite well to give high voltage spark to burn fuel.
Clean your spark plug by removing spark plugs of 4 cylinders and clean, start engine to blow out the residue water in spark plug socket. And install spark plug into 4 cylinders

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try grounding the wipermotor housing.

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