I seem to be having problems with my little mazda protege.
For about a year now, the engine light will go on for a few days. Stay off for a few months, and then reappear suddenly. My dad had it checked out before, but was told it was just a faulty wire, because the car checked out fine, with no visible problems. Shortly after last summer, my overdrive will kick in all of a sudden (without me having to press a button) and the light will go on and off, all the while my car will kick in and out of overdrive at a rapid speed. We were told recently by a firestone tech that this could be a transmission problem. I am worried about how much this could cost, as this is an older car, and I don't plan to have it much longer. I have kept it in good condition, making sure it gets regular check ups, oil changes, ect. Within the past year it has gotten new belts, a transmission flush, and just within the past week a tune up that was badly needed.
I am a poor college kid, so I am not always able to cover the expenses as soon as I would like.
A newer problem as of late, is that when I try to start my car, the clutch appears "stuck". I have to let the car cool down first before I can shift the clutch into gear. At first I thought it was just the cold weather, but it has been warm these past couple of days, (70's) and my car still appears to have the same problem.
After I got my tuneup, it has slightly improved. The only time it appears to do this is early in the morning, and is fine through out the day, where as before the tuneup it would be anytime through out the day that I wanted to start my car.
If anyone could give me some insight into these problems, I would greatly appreciate it!
Friday, July 24th, 2020 AT 6:34 PM