Boring Daily Build

2003 Mazda Protege5
So I just bought back my 03 P5 after selling it last year and I plan on fixing it up and making it a nice daily. Some backstory, my family purchased it in 2012 from the dealer as my sister's first car with 130k I believe. When she moved onto another car I started driving it every once in a while but when it started giving me problems last January I sold it. As my mechanical knowledge grew I regretted selling it and so a couple of weeks ago I contacted the new owner and said I'd be interested in buying it if he ever decided to sell it. He told me that he had let someone drive it and they slid into a curb. He assumed there was frame damage and planned on scraping it, so I went to look at it and saw a very badly bent control arm but the unibody looked straight. So I bought it back and here we are. It has a very long service history, always serviced at the dealer up until we bought it in 2012. However it has burned oil and smoked out the exhaust since we bought it in 2012. I've got parts coming that should be here Thursday. I ordered inner and outer tie rod ends for the drivers side, drivers side control arm, spark plugs, exhaust gasket, and sway bar link. There's the lengthy introduction now I'll post some pictures.

The reason I'm doing google photos is because I guess you can't upload more than one picture at a time on here?
Always nice to see a new build start up...Good luck! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

As for pics, would our new “Media” feature help? You can create albums and embed them etc...Here it is...

To Do List:
Fix damaged suspension components
Replace exhaust gasket
Change oil
Clean IAC
Clean EGR
Fix source(s) of CEL
Locate oil leak
Compression test
Clean piston rings via BG Engine cleaner
Compression test after engine cleaner
Replace spark plugs
Paint any rust
Paint paint chips
Polish entire car
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Yay a new P5 build! It was getting lonely in here lol

Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you, should be a good project!

Any plans to upgrade stuff or are you planning to keep it factory for now?
I just glanced through your thread earlier, good stuff.

I’d definitely like to do some performance upgrades but I’m not sure the benefits will outweigh the cost. Currently I’m trying to make a cheap daily out of it, hence why I only bought the suspension parts for one side lol.
Also, I have to improve the headlights, I remember driving around at night and man are those things terrible. Maybe just led bulbs. Idk if there's a common fix like an upgraded headlight harness?

Parts should be here tomorrow then I need to recruit a friend to come over and the weather to cooperate.
I found the pictures from when I did the valve cover gasket in 9/18. How's everything look?
Here’s the old spark plug when I did them as well

Here they are now with only 4,000 miles on them
I smell gas around the rear of the car and did last time I owned it. Not sure if there's a common leak point on these? I'll investigate eventually. A leak might explain the CELs
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What are your CELs?

A bad seal on your gas cap can leak gas vapor.

When I smelt gas it was my gas tank and I had to replace it.

Rust is nasty.

The car also vents vapor pressure normally through its valves especially when it's hot out.

Part #7...

Check your mating surfaces between the gas cap and filler neck.
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I assumed it was the filler neck and just brushed it off. Gas cap was replaced when I had it.
The P0455 means your fuel/vapor system has a big ole leak.

The P2009 is not listed as a code for our car.
The equivalent is theP0660 code.
That is the solenoid valve.

They do wear out over time.
I had to replace mine.
(I swapped in the one from my parts car)

The P0172 is the system running rich which could be related to the VICS solenoid malfunctioning.
I think it's this one but I'm not sure...

They're all the same but different...

The same part different names/descriptions...

Compare the picture to your solenoid.

The proper Mazda version is $50-$100.
My scanner said the common fix was the VICS but I didn't want to pay the $50-$100 and was unsure of the quality of the Rockauto specials. I'll look around and order something. I'll look for any visible gas leaks while it is up on jack stands.