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Putting the back seat down in a 97 Mazda Protege

The release on an LX or ES model is at the top of the seat backs, near the door opening, for the rear seats. The rear bench is a 60/40 split on these models. The rear seat does not lay down on the DX models.
11/18/2021 10:12:49 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Nov 18, 2021
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My AC for mazda protege 1997 is blowing hot air

CHECK THE AC COMPRESSOR CLUTCH FUSE AND RELAY.IF BOTH GOOD YOU HAVE OPEN AC CLUTCH COILOR THE COMPRESSOR FAULTY.IF COMPRESSOR CLUTCH COIL IS OKAY AND COMPRESSOR GOOD.YOU HAVE ELECTRICAL PROBLEM AT THE AC MODE SWITCH.NOT ALLOWING AC AIR DOOR OPEN.
10/7/2019 2:23:30 PM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Oct 07, 2019
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1997 Mazda Protege is not

If the transmission fluid level is ok then its time for a overhaul.
9/17/2018 4:10:52 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Sep 17, 2018
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My 97 mazda 323 protege got some oil leaks from

The valve cover gasket may be leaking. Ensure the bolts that secure in place are tightened properly. (Do not over-tighten!)
12/11/2017 10:47:35 PM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Dec 11, 2017
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I have a 1997 mazda protege with a coolinf fan prob. The fans work when I turn on the AC but do not work when the engine gets hot at idleing speeds. I replaced radiator and thermastate and also coolin

No, the fans have separate relays. You have to use the wiring diagram to sort it out. The pcm turns on the cooling fan relay with a ground signal on a purple/black wire when the temp sensor signal rises too high. 0996b43f80220e01-qay0wocdijrgtohx5f2c4zea-3-0.gif 0996b43f80220dcf-qay0wocdijrgtohx5f2c4zea-3-2.gif
10/31/2017 2:03:06 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Oct 31, 2017
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I changed my distributor on my mazda 1.5 1997 protege and the plugs get sooty and misfire. I have the firing order from top left 1342 counter clockwise

sooty plugs and misfiring indicates problem injectors run a couple of quality injector cleaner through the tank and see if that improves the running
9/10/2017 1:51:09 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Sep 10, 2017
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97 Maxda Protege starter engages automaticly in park or neutral with key in ON position

You've pretty much answered your own question, although I doubt it's demons...LOL. Ign switch, nuetral safety or park switch, shorted starter, could be chaffed wiring. If your in the ON position and the starter engages, I'd be looking at the ign wire from the switch to the starter solenoid and or relay. Your car is 20 years old so anything is possible at this point. Your best bet is to go to ALLDATA>COM and buy the wiring schematics for your car grab a DVM and start checking your circuits.
6/9/2017 12:37:07 PM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Jun 09, 2017
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My 1995 Mazda Protege 1.5L was running fine. We were driving home and the car cutoff, will turnover but will not crank. I can take the oil cap off and see one of the CAM's turning and turning freely

if you can see the cam shaft turning then the timing belt is ok run the fault codes and check for crank position or cam shaft position sensor failures one or the other or both are candidates for your problem
5/18/2017 12:40:39 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on May 18, 2017
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1997 Mazda Protege periodic no start problem

It indicates a loose battery terminals.
5/2/2017 9:49:59 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on May 02, 2017
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1997 Mazda protege transmission, Hard shifting from 1st gear

I would try a flush. If its set up like my 96, and it likely is, changing the trasmission gasket and filter will be difficult. Mine has a medal plug on the bottom and takes an allen wrench, and possibly a breaker bar. If you take out this plug, drain, flush then refill via the dipstick tube and a funnel, it may help. You may need to do this a couple of times due to fluid still in the torque converter, pan, etc.
Lucas is good stuff, I would add it again when I was done. The tranny fluid should be pink, mine looked like used oil black before I flushed it.
Also, when adding the new fluid, shift slowly up and down through all of the gears to lube well and check your fluid levels after 100 miles or so, as sometimes a bubble will form and make it look full....then not after it pops.
4/3/2017 1:12:17 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Apr 03, 2017
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97 mazda protege wont start when its cold.

hard starting when cold indicates that the ambient temp sensor , baro sensor,MAP sensor individually or separately are part of the problem when a code is reported there can be up to 7 causes for that code and not just the one if you can find what the code reported was maybe some one can expand and get you more pointers it is doubtful if you have a problem pcm or ECM or any other operating control unit because it starts eventually and runs so that indicates a problem sensor
3/13/2017 7:27:19 AM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Mar 13, 2017
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97 mazda protoge will not start when cold!

I had this same problem with my 97 protege. If the compression is low the shims for the valves can be changed without doing a complete valve job. If the compression is OK you might need to replace the distributor. Sometimes the seal behind it leaks and can cause the same problem
10/26/2016 12:13:23 PM • 1997 Mazda... • Answered on Oct 26, 2016
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