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#3774 of 4133 Water Pump Belt
Jul 11, 2009 (6:27 pm)
I have a 2004 Mazda Tribute with 120,000 miles. Just replaced the serpentine belt and wanted to change the water pump belt. The Haynes Manual said to release the tension pully but I don't see one. The belt goes from the cam shaft pulley to the water pump pulley. That's it, and it's tight. ?? How do you get the old one off and the new one on? I thought this would be the easy one but it has me confused. Thanks
#3775 of 4133 Re: Water Pump Belt [oldsalt3]
by vg33e power
Jul 13, 2009 (8:00 am)
Per Ford repair manual:
-Remove the water pump belt cover
-Cut and remove the water pump belt. Discard the belt
-Install the belt on the water pump pulley and position it on the camshaft pulley (sort of like when trying to get a bicycle chain back on the large sprocket)
-Rotate the crankshaft clockwise to seat the belt on the camshaft pulley
-Install the water pump belt cover
Hope this helps!
#3776 of 4133 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions
Jul 14, 2009 (3:42 pm)
Just bought this mazda, it rides nice, has alll the options 'cept heated seats. was a 2 owner, 1st put 52k on it, 2nd 48K. no idea what maintenance has been done, since I got if from a dealer. extremely clean inside, been garaged since the underside is super clean and corrosion free. Body looks like new. paint shows no defects. originally built in august of 2003.
What does it need, what would be good to do preventively, what would be wasted money "it's not broke don't fix it"?
never owned a Mazda before, looks like I've overlooked a good thing in the past.
thanks, in advance, for the help.
#3777 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [motrcyclr]
by vg33e power
Jul 14, 2009 (4:16 pm)
Oil Change (if it wasnt done)
#3778 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [vg33e power]
Jul 14, 2009 (5:47 pm)
Thanks for the list, it's a big help. Any internal hardware that requires changing like perhaps an internal timing belt/chain? Water pump? I'm not looking for stuff to fix, just want to catch likely problems if possible, when it's convenient for me, instead of in the middle of nowhere, after dark, with no phone. I got a good deal on this, under $7000.00 because of the miles, and if i can add a couple hundred $ on likely maintenance items fixed because they are well worn, I'm going to consider it.
#3780 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [steve_]
Jul 15, 2009 (4:37 am)
yeee haawww!!! thanks for pointing that out, it's what I was looking for. brought my Tribute home from dealership, 130 miles. did a rough mpg analysis, looks like hiway with no AC running is 25mpg. rides very nice.
can anyone give me an dealer cost for changing plugs? I have lower back problems, oil & tranny fluid changes is about my physical limit, in most cases, unless it's an emergency. then I do it anyway, and pay with pain later........
Thanks again for the help/info.
(my other car is a 1996 Honda Shadow 600..)
#3781 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [steve_]
Jul 15, 2009 (6:42 am)
I looked there, and got the list for my Tribute.
Why do they publish that utter nonsense about a $30 labor charge for plug change?I specifically put in that I had a V6 tribute, 4WD. a reputable local non-dealer repair shop quotes $250-$260 for the plug change. Given his expanation about removing the intake, I don't know if it's reasonable or not. I haven't called Mazda, they can't possibly be cheaper.
What say ye?
#3782 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [motrcyclr]
by vg33e power
Jul 15, 2009 (7:23 am)
I did the plugs on my 2004 Escape V6 because I could not bring myself to pay $200
for plugs and labor. So I printed a step by step instruction sheet (I work for a Ford dealership) and did it myself. It really sounds more complicated then it is. It is time consuming (2hrs for me) but not difficult at all. I saved myself the $140 in labor and that was cool for me. By the way, if you do it yourself, you will have to replace the (6) intake plenum o-rings as well.
#3783 of 4133 Re: 2004 Tribute ES with 100k miles -questions [motrcyclr]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 15, 2009 (1:56 pm)
Labor charges are pretty well established by all the rate books out there. If you think there's an error, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom right and someone will check it out.
(I'm nowhere close to the data people in Santa Monica so I can't walk down the hall and ask myself).
Enjoy the new ride!