Why does my car keep cutting off when I put it In drive

Asked by Jun 03, 2013 at 01:09 PM about the 1997 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers

223,975

Idle too low, time for a tuneup?

23,145

Tuneup has nothing to do with idle quality. Look for un- metered air entering the engine between the Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) and the throttle body. Does the car have a lot of miles and could the engine be worn out (low compression)? How does it run otherwise and how is the fuel mileage? If it misfires, Tom is right about Spark Plugs (plugs and filters are all that consists of a tuneup these days). Is there a "Check Engine" light on while driving? Several things can cause this condition.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
1,125

First place I'd look on a Protege is the intake tube. They are prone to developing cracks which, as Tracy suggests, let's air in at all the wrong places and causes stalling issues.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • My 98 stalls when I put it in 'reverse' first... 7 answers

    Ok, so this is a weird one. I've asked dozens of people and no one has had an answer yet, I'm just really curious... FYI I have a '98 Protege. Here goes... If my car is parked somewhere for awhile, l...

    1998 Mazda Protege

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 mazda protege chugs randomly while driving and idleing help! 5 answers

    I have replaced the air filter, spark plugs, coils, and done an oil change on it. I have no idea why it is chugging, but it does seem to get worse with the AC on then off.

    2002 Mazda Protege ES

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 Mazda AC Problem 11 answers

    2002 mazda protege ac problem When i turn the AC on while the fan is on level 1, you feel it gettin cold so its workin as normal, but soon as we turn it up to 2,3 and some times 4 for more air, the ...

    2002 Mazda Protege LX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • my 2003 Mazda Protege wont start PLEASE HELP!!!!! 4 answers

    hello everyone. I have a 2003 Mazda Protege and for several days now my Mazda has not been driving right. Its been very slow getting up hills and the check engine light is on then it will blink then...

    Mazda Protege

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • O/D off light flashes 2 answers

    Just brought 2001 Mazda Tribute . The O/D off light flashed. Notice the wire is cut at base of the gear shifter. Would this be why the O/D off light flashes?

    2001 Mazda Tribute ES V6

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Protege

Looking for a Used Protege in your area?

CarGurus has 284 nationwide Protege listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Mazda Protege Questions

Mazda Protege Experts

#1 James Kithuka
James Kithuka
Reputation 260
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 220
#3 Js08016
Js08016
Reputation 160
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
612 Great Deals out of 75,906 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
721 Great Deals out of 78,673 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Corolla
801 Great Deals out of 72,033 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Camry
924 Great Deals out of 91,041 listings starting at $990
Used Nissan Sentra
524 Great Deals out of 51,064 listings starting at $990
Used Mazda 626
254 listings starting at $2,799
Used Honda Civic Coupe
187 Great Deals out of 18,244 listings starting at $1,500
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
59 Great Deals out of 4,942 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Altima
950 Great Deals out of 78,046 listings starting at $670

Used Cars For Sale