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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5





They are all the same but different...

Get the cheap one and I'll help you connect it if it's not exact.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
So just get the same one again? I can go out tomorrow and try plugging the new one into the VTCS and see if everything fits
 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Yeah, the VICS and VTCS valves are interchangeable.

It's the PRC and purge solenoid valves that are slightly different. (but still useable with simple modifications)
 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
The strange thing is that the other ones, which look exactly the same, are as much as $77.
 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
The plastic oval thing under the electrical connector is just an air filter.





You can just pull it off and plug it onto the other end of the solenoid to use the solenoid elsewhere on the car.

The electrical terminals may be spaced different so the connector won't fit but you just remove the metal tabs from the plastic connector with a pin then connect them directly to the terminals in the solenoid.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Haven't had a chance to do anything. I've got the new sensor to go on, I'll get that done today. Then oil change and inspection, not sure which will come first. I'm thinking 5w40 diesel oil would've been a better choice but I guess I'll be the guinea pig.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
New VTCS is on. Drove for about 45 minutes. No CEL. No pending codes. Slide pins need greased. Both back brakes 80F front left 120F front right 200F.
There is a noticeable loss in power not sure why. Car does not like reverse, idle gets really rough, although I think it did that before I sold it. Steering is stiff, power steering fluid is overfilled not sure if there’s a correlation there.
 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Is there a preferred lift point in the front to lift both front wheels vs lifting side to side?
Yeah, it's a rounded "nub" to fit the top of your jack.
It's on the cross member a little off-center towards the drivers side.


 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
The lifting point of my jack is cup-shaped and it fits perfectly.

The car lifts up a little crooked because the lifting point is off-center.
 

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The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Well that's good news... Sort of.

At least you don't have to redo your valve seals.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Yeah, although I’d rather do valve seals vs piston rings lol. Fingers crossed for diesel oil.

I’ll probably use dielectric grease to get me through inspection then I’ll order some before my next brake job. Added it to my cart.
 

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