Protege High Mileage Club

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lolmsp lolms3
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Hi guys,

2005 Ford Lynx RS 2.0 FSDE (also known as Mazda Protege) owner here and its a love and hate relationship. Got the car last 2015 with 118,000 kms on it and spent a ton on replacing many parts but i love the feeling everytime i get to do these, i guess i really love my car. 146,000+ kms and mine eats up oil like crazy as well. I have just read the 59 page ( https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/showthread.php?123700949-FS-DE-Oil-System/page59 ) about the FS DE's oil system but i have not seen from anyone's post who experienced a burnt oil smell from the aircon vents whenever i do spirited drivings. Any idea guys?

Thanks in advance!

Butch
my guess would be a slight oil leak which leaks more while pushing the car because of higher oil pressure. the oil must be in a place where it's getting burned under the hood somewhere and just sneaking into your vents. do you only smell it or smell it mostly while on fresh air?
 
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Ford Lynx RS 2.0 (also known as Mazda Protege w/ FSDE engine
probably there's a leak in the engine somewhere. but are there any aircon intakes within the engine bay? from what i understand the air conditioning system gets air within the cabin specially if the lever is placed to the recirculation part.
 

323

lolmsp lolms3
Moderator
probably there's a leak in the engine somewhere. but are there any aircon intakes within the engine bay? from what i understand the air conditioning system gets air within the cabin specially if the lever is placed to the recirculation part.
you are correct about recirculated air. if set on fresh air, it takes the air from the vents you see right under your wipers
 
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Ford Lynx RS 2.0 (also known as Mazda Protege w/ FSDE engine
Hi 323,

Thanks for the reply so what could be the culprit? how can the smell of burnt oil goes through the aircon system? Thanks again.
 

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2.0 forged + 7psi = 175hp
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99 pro ES Silver heavily modified
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...lots of rust though. One ball joint boot tore so we replaced the whole control arm... but then one of the arm bushings immediately developed a creek. The other ball joint boot is torn but not causing any issues.
Exhaust hangers rusted off leaving a small hole in the pipe where the weld was and eventually the sag caused a leak at the junction after the 2nd cat with the resonator.
...Did I mention It's rusty? The rear quarter panels have had a hole in them for a while where water could get in... I've noticed the carpet in my trunk was wet as a result but I couldn't figure out where the water was going after it got in the trunk. Turns out that problem solved itself- a hole rusted itself into existence in the wells on both sides of the car (around where the spare jack is) and the water just enters and exits the trunk through different rust holes now.
 
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2001 Mazda Protege ES
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