20 Most Recent 2003 Mazda Protege Questions & Answers


Twist the bulbs back and forth to clean the contact surfaces on the ribbon in the dash...try it with the parking lights on....look for illumination............

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Oct 21, 2018


The idle on my 2003 Mazda Protege started acting strange one day - it kinda surged forward a little bit. Then the RPM would drop and kept wanting to stall out. It stalled out at a stop sign. The check engine light came on. I drove it immediately to my Goodyear mechanic. It ended up being the Idle Air Control Valve. They had to order the part from Mazda which took 3 days to get there. The whole thing cost $700. Runs great now (again).

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Oct 23, 2017


Green is for cylinders 1 and 2, purple is for 3 and 4.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Oct 01, 2017


Fuel line disconnect tool. Try to rent a disconnect kit from the auto parts store.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Sep 24, 2017


Bring in the car to a PROFESSIONAL shop. Mention your problem & ask about a wheel balance, alignment & make your problem clear before any work is done. Mention bearings etc. Ive dealt w millions of csrs at my own private shop & that would be your best approach. NO JIFFY LUBE TYPE SHOP

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Mar 16, 2017


Upper strut mounts aren't prone to rattling or knocking as they are usually under load all the time. Very few cars do not have a swivel bearing - a few old Fords are all I can think of. Most current models have the swivel bearing integrated into the strut mount, the main job of which is to insulate road noise from the body. Some cars use a swivel bearing fitted between the strut and lower spring cup.

Worn shock absorber internal valves can be very noisy over small bumps and road undulations and wear in steering rack components can make similar noises especially the rack slipper bearing, the rack end support bearing and the rack end joints.

Many track control arm ball joints have an internal spring to compensate for small amounts of wear. When such a joint has worn significantly it is not always possible to detect free play with hand pressure but they are liable to make noise on the road.

Struts that are housings fitted with shock absorber cartridges retained by a single large nut - the nut can sometimes be loose by a small amount causing the cartridge to knock inside the casing.

The strut piston rod and bush is subject to a great deal of force from the reaction of acceleration and braking and considerable wear can take place between the rod and it's bush. The trouble is any free play cannot be detected when the vehicle is jacked and the wheels clear of the ground and similarly cannot be detected with normal force when the vehicle weight is on the ground. I find lifting the car until the suspension is only compressed an inch or two gives the best chance of detecting wear though considerable strength and energy is still needed.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Mar 10, 2017


Have you run a fault code test? Is the engine smoking? Does the smoke smell sicky sweet?

2003 Mazda... | Answered on Jun 07, 2016


Inspect and repair the issue.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on May 14, 2016


The ABS fault light will stay on until the problem is repaired, read the fault code and diagnose it again.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on May 14, 2016


Yikes! Sounds like an electrical short from the lighting system to the transmission controls. I would see a mechanic about it. Shorts can be non-trivial to trace out and repair. Sorry I can't suggest something easy and less expensive.

2003 Mazda... | Answered on May 05, 2016

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