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2000 Mazda 323 BJ Protege stalls after starting


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Andrew292
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Oct 14, 2013, 4:08 AM

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Sometimes when I start the car, it makes a loud chunk-chunk noise, then the engine stops when I release the key and shift out of park (it's an automatic). After several tries I can get it going, but the engine frequently stops if I slow down or stop; when it does so the power steering stops working. It's very noisy and the car shakes and accelerates very slowly.

If I can get the car to around 40-60 kph, it'll nearly always suddenly start running fine, but one time it was shaking and being noisy for 20 minutes; it was fine the next day.

The problem occurs most frequently if I start the car around 30 minutes after parking it; it's occurred once or twice after work and never in the morning.

The problem has persisted the whole time I've had the car; during that time I've changed the battery once and had the car serviced twice. It's been happening more frequently recently.

Thanks for any help,
Andrew.


Hammer Time
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Oct 14, 2013, 6:27 AM

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Re: 2000 Mazda 323 BJ Protege stalls after starting Sign In

I'm sure the check engine light must be coming on. Have the codes read and post the numbers here.



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Andrew292
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Oct 15, 2013, 12:56 AM

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Re: 2000 Mazda 323 BJ Protege stalls after starting Sign In

There's no dashboard lights coming on during normal operation; I'll take a look next time the problem occurs.


Hammer Time
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Oct 15, 2013, 2:49 AM

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Re: 2000 Mazda 323 BJ Protege stalls after starting Sign In

Have the codes read anyway. The light could be disabled.



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