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#1663 of 24043 Maltb, Questions on Timing Belt Replacement
Apr 20, 2001 (1:31 pm)
I was browsing Gates' web site and found a guide for timing belt replacement schedule. http://www.gates.com/shared/brochure.cfm?brochure=109&site_section=automotive
It only goes up to 1998. For the 1998 Protege and 626, it lists the replacement schedule for both the 1.5L, 1.8L and 2.0L (626) as 60,000 miles but 105,000 miles for California. Is that consistent with Mazda's recommended schedule? Why's it longer in California? It also says the Protege engines are not interference engines but the 626's (which would be the same as the 2.0L the '01 Protege uses) is. Is that true?
#1664 of 24043 RE: California Timing belt interval
Apr 20, 2001 (1:51 pm)
I believe the reason behind the longer timing belt replacement interval in California is because of a California law that states major services cannot be required before a specific mileage. I know they are the same timing belt though.
#1665 of 24043 Re: Timing Belt
Apr 20, 2001 (1:58 pm)
Interesting. So if a belt breaks in Californa at 80,000 miles, Mazda foots the bill?
#1666 of 24043 Did you do that to make my point in my previous post?
Apr 20, 2001 (1:59 pm)
I used to use the Gates guide all the time in my previous life. The book has timing belt installation instructions for almost every car on the road. However, beware of the interference charts. I learned first hand on my dad's 94 Jetta that the guide is not 100% accurate. I think I still have a few of the old valves in the garage. As far as the Mazda's being the same way, that would take some checking when have a spare hour(don't hold your breath).
#1667 of 24043 oh yeah...
Apr 20, 2001 (2:02 pm)
The CA belt is no different, so I don't know what Gates is talking about.
#1668 of 24043 Timing belt...
Apr 20, 2001 (2:47 pm)
On my CA State '95 ES, I replaced my timing belt (and 2 drive belts at the same time) at 86K without any problems whatsoever. The mechanic who did the work said the belt was "okay." You can negotiate this service easily with one of the managers... I got it at $280 plus the driving belts ($30)... $310... AND a free oil-change!
#1669 of 24043 Re: Timing Belt
Apr 20, 2001 (2:57 pm)
LOL. Negotiating the price with a service manager? Is there anything at a dealership that's not negotiable? Did he disappear for 15 minutes and "talk" to his boss?
I changed the timing belt in my '90 Integra once (actually twice on the same day but that's a different story) and it was a "fun" experience.
Apr 20, 2001 (5:26 pm)
Change interval for timing belt in Massachusetts is also 105,000. It is the same belt I believe but it has something to do with California and some northeast states emission regulations. I don't know if Mazda pays if the belt goes before 105,000.
Apr 20, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I believe the California law has to do with consumer protection, not emissions as the timing belt isn't really a piece of emissions equipment. A California Mazda dealer will still recommend the belt to be replaced at 60,000.
#1672 of 24043 Timing belt...
Apr 20, 2001 (7:33 pm)
60,000 miles!! Wow, that would be ten years from now considering my annual driving. A lot more would need changing before then.
On another note: When I pulled into my garage tonight, returning from dinner out, a neighbor came from across the street to ask, “How do you like your new Volvo?” She saw the Protegé's big taillights and thought it was a more expensive car.
I backed it out so she could look it over. She was very impressed saying, “I still think it is a luxurious car.” (She drives a 1997 Accord). She's right. I have owned three Accords and a '98 Odyssey and the 2001 Protegé is just as nice as those cars, better in many ways.