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#928 of 1151 Mazda Protégé 2001 Timing Belt Question
Jul 27, 2005 (7:21 am)
I have a 01 LX Protege with almost 93,000 miles. I have been told that I need to get my timing belt replaced. When the car is running I can actually hear a "hissing" sound coming from under the hood. Could that be my belt getting dry (I live in the South)?
I was also told by the dealership that smaller car repair shops do not always have a machine that "aligns" the new belt once it's on... I don't know what they were talking about...
Also, when I get the belt replaced, what other parts should be checked/replaced at that time? I was told that it would be wise to replace the water pump because of where it is located.
I have never done any major repair on my car. Just the regular oil change every 3000 miles or so. I live 45min. away from work and most miles on my car are interstate miles. So far, my car has been doing great!
I know it's a lot of questions! I am a female who does not know a lot about cars and I just need some advice. Thank you all for your time!
#929 of 1151 Re: Mazda Protégé 2001 Timing Belt Question [leila]
Jul 27, 2005 (11:19 am)
93k is pretty good life from a belt. If you don't mind an unplanned breakdown, though, you can drive until it breaks, then have the car towed to a shop. I've never heard of a machine or tool for aligning timing belts. As far as I know, there are no adjustable elements involved, and the belt is simply centered on the pulleys. It sounds like the common "jive the woman" situation.
#930 of 1151 Timing belt.
Jul 28, 2005 (12:29 pm)
Sure does. The pulleys for the timing belt are self-centering. What they do have to do correctly is make sure the different pulleys are registered correctly when they install the new timing belt. They have markings on them to aid the mechanic in assuring proper registration (and thus, timing).
You might as well replace your accessory drive belts (AC, power steering etc.) since they have to be removed to access the timing belt.
You might replace the water pump as its also more easily accessible when you replace the timing belt. Some seem to break more often than others. I'm at 64k miles on my Protege's original water pump (didn't replace it), and my '89 323LX was still running on its original water pump at 142k miles when I sold it. I figure I would replace the water pump on my '99LX at the 2nd timing belt change at 120k miles.
The hissing sound is likely not due to your timing belt. You may have a leak in a vacuum hose somewhere, which can affect whatever system the hose is hooked to.
You may want to have your transmission fluid and coolant changed every 30k miles too, as preventive measures.
#931 of 1151 Re: [KarenS]
Aug 01, 2005 (12:12 pm)
Do you know where I can get a service/repair manual for my 2001 Protege?
I dont think Haynes makes one for that year?
#932 of 1151 2001 Pro Shop Manual
Aug 01, 2005 (5:44 pm)
Go to http://protege5.ugly.net/
Scroll down page and download each file, starting with 00-00, 01-02a, etc.
After all 87 files are on your hard drive, open the 00 INDEX file to find where a subject of interest can be found
And, best of all, it's free
#933 of 1151 New Owner tune-up parts question
Aug 02, 2005 (8:37 pm)
We just bought a 2000 Protege 1.6L with 100K. I'd like to change plugs and filter ASAP and wonder if inexpensive air filters are suitable for this car. Or should one spend $18 or so for a "good" filter. Also on pulling plugs. Anything to watch out for? Do I need a non-standard plug wrench?
thanks - David
#934 of 1151 Re: New Owner tune-up parts question [schurrda]
Aug 03, 2005 (5:13 am)
If you buy a filter that does not fit properly, you'll end up paying much more than $18. I repalce my Fram air filter every 18K - 20K miles; costs C$19, fits snuggly. Don't forget to check the filter from time to time and to wipe the dirt in the housing.
Are the spark plug wires the originals? Maybe worth checking and replacing at the same time.
#935 of 1151 You'll want a long plug socket.
Aug 04, 2005 (1:09 pm)
Or an extension. They're in pretty deep.
Blow all the dirt off from around the plugs before removing the boots or coils. You don't want this falling into the combustion chambers.
Good air filters can cost as little as $15 when you buy them on-sale. No point in trying to save a couple bucks on cheap filters that may offer shorter life and may have poor gaskets, leading to unfiltered air.
#936 of 1151 Re: Check Engine Light [dzechel]
Aug 05, 2005 (7:34 pm)
I have a similar problem in my Protege 99 and called to a Mazda dealer about the warranty you mentioned, they asked me for any proof of that and then they will check it out, can you please give me the telephone and address of the Mazda dealer that fixed your car so I can have my dealer calling them to check on mine also?. I will strongly appreciateyour help with this matter.
#937 of 1151 Brake squeal
Aug 17, 2005 (3:09 pm)
Hi guys, this is only my second post here. I've got a 2001 Protege DX with just a shade over 60,000 miles on it. First question....the last couple of weeks I started hearing a squeaking from my brakes. It's not a solid squeak, it's kind of an intermittant squeak as I come to a stop. And then sometimes it's not even there at all. Just need new brake pads or what? Plus I'm new in town, so I don't know ANY mechanics at all, let alone reputable ones. What are some direct questions I need to ask to avoid getting fleeced?
Ummm...had another question, but I've lost it. So you guys get off the hook with just the one this time I'd appreciate any advice.