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Mazda 626, Sedan
#1963 of 2044 Mazda dealer or local mechanic for timing belt?
Aug 16, 2006 (2:18 pm)
I have 63000 miles on my Mazda 626 LX, 1999 Model 2.5 liter 4 cylinders. I have not yet replaced the timing belt on my car and I was informed by the service people that this is very critical to be replaced. Mazda dealearship here costs around Cd$845.00 (canadian). This is the cost of 60,000 miles service on the car.
Now I wanted to find out, if I should take this car to mazda dealership or any mechanic should be able to replace the timing belt. The local mechanic has given me a cost of almost half the amount.
Will greatly appreciate any insight.
#1964 of 2044 Horse and Buggy in Canada, Timeing belt in U.S.A.
Aug 16, 2006 (4:02 pm)
Yes that sounds good. I would get a slice of pizza with the money saved at thre local mechanic,maybe several pies for the whole team.
Aug 19, 2006 (8:04 am)
The belt is tricky to get to, but it doesn't require any Mazda-specific tools or anything like that; if your local guy is good, he should be able to handle this.
#1966 of 2044 Re: Belt replacement [windowphobe6]
Aug 19, 2006 (8:37 am)
Thank you. Do you think that if my local guy is not good enough then is it possible that the car timings will be off. Or what exactly this timing belt do, is a very critical part and only experts can handle this thing.
#1967 of 2044 Re: Mazda dealer or local mechanic for timing belt? [saeedabidi]
Aug 21, 2006 (11:06 am)
There is no Mazda 626 with a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. 2.0 liter? The 2.5 liter is a V6.
#1969 of 2044 Re: Mazda dealer or local mechanic for timing belt? [p100]
Aug 21, 2006 (1:03 pm)
Thank you, I have LX mazda with 4 cylinder for sure, then it is 2.0 liter.
#1970 of 2044 Re: Belt replacement [saeedabidi]
Aug 22, 2006 (8:17 am)
The timing belt is a VERY critical component. It controls the valve timing in relation to the engine crankshaft.
A common problem encountered during timing belt replacement on double overhead cam engine (DOHC) with two cam sprockets is that the sprockets must be precisely aligned with the timing marks when a new belt is being installed. The valve spring tension will sometimes cause the sprockets to rotate out of the proper position when the old belt is removed, so one has to line them back up and hold them during new belt installation. One good way to prevent this problem is to use a locking tool, which locks the cam sprockets in place before the old belt is removed. This tool is available from aftermarket suppliers, such as Leslie tools. Unfortunately, it will not work on the V6 models because the sprockets are too far apart.
#1971 of 2044 Low cost OEM Mazda parts
Aug 25, 2006 (6:59 am)
You can buy OEM Mazda parts from http://www.albanymazda.com at discounted prices (about 30%-40% off the retail price.
#1972 of 2044 Re: New Mazda 626 owner [chuck1]
Nov 24, 2006 (11:00 am)
Where can I get this "Tranny Cooler"? I'd need to have it installed as well.