Question about 2001 Mazda Protege
For the last year, the check engine light keeps going on and off - the car starts to chug a little and lose power, but if I give it gas it will smooth out. Sometimes it stalls when at a light or stop sign. I've taken it to 4 mechanics (including a Mazda dealer) - they pull the engine code which is "random engine misfire" (not helpful) and none of them have been able to figure out the problem. Have replaced the battery and the spark plugs.
Yesterday, there was a sudden pop and then the battery light came on. The car started to overheat and smoke started billowing out of the front. Got it home (and yes, I know, I should have immediately pulled over, but got lucky). The alternator belt is broken, and needs to be replaced.
Could these two problems be related?? Anyone else having problems like these?
Posted on Jun 07, 2011
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