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2003 Mazda Protege5 Base 5dr Wagon Auto

2003 Mazda Protege5
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Front Wheel Drive, 5 Door Wagon, Compact
25 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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September 22, 2010, 2:36 pm

Santiago G
 

Question: When to replace timing belt?

Hi, I took my 2002 Mazda Protege 5 to a local independent auto repair facility to be serviced for a long road trip and among the items they mentioned may need to be addressed was the timing belt. The car only has 50,000 miles on it but it is slightly over 8 years old. Does the age of the timing belt matter or is it strictly the number of miles? Should I wait till it has 100,000 miles as recommended in the owners manual or replace it as recommended by the auto repair facility? Thanks!


September 27, 2010, 5:24 pm

Tyler O
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The timing belt and it's associated components (water pump, belt tesioners, idler pulleys etc) are generally good for 7 years or 100k miles on your vehicle. After that time, they may fail or start leaking etc. This isn't a common occurrence but it does happen. Recently I replaced a timing belt group on a 2002 Audi with only 56k, the water pump had started leaking due to age.

You'll probably be okay for a bit longer, but to play it safe, plan on having the timing group service done with in the next year.


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