1998 Mazda Protege Timing belt

Tiny
ALANABLEY
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Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
1998 Mazda Protege 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 117000 miles

As much as I love my protege ES 1.8, according to the book it is soon due for a second timing belt change; changed at 58k. Expensive and probably not worth considering. Mechanic inspected and says it doesn't look bad. In a couple of states it asks only for an insection at 60k and a change much later. Any reason for the difference and if it looks okay is there a reasonable chance of it going more than 6ok on this second belt?
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 AT 10:16 AM

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Tiny
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Hi alanabley,

Thank you for the donation.

Here is what I got from our database. Why the difference is anybody's guess. Since it has been recommended to be replaced at a later mileage for the same vehicle, there definitely is a reasonable chance for it to last longer than the recommended mileage.

As the visual inspection indicates the belt is still in good condition, I would agree that it is possible to use it for a longer period.

MANUFACTURER'S SUGGESTED SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
For 1994-96 vehicles, the manufacturer recommends the belt be replaced at 60,000 mile intervals for vehicles sold outside of California. For vehicles sold in California, inspect timing belt at 60,000 and 90,000 miles, and replace timing belt at 105,000 miles.

For 1997-98 vehicles, the manufacturer recommends the belt be replaced at 60,000 mile intervals for vehicles sold outside of California and Massachusetts. For vehicles sold in California and Massachusetts, inspect timing belt at 60,000 and 90,000 miles, and replace timing belt at 105,000 miles.

For 1999-00 vehicles, the replacement interval is 60,000 miles except for vehicles registered in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington D.C. For these states, inspect timing belt at 60,000 and 90,000 miles, and replace timing belt at 105,000 miles.

For 2001-05 MX-5 Miata, the replacement interval is 60,000 miles.
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 AT 11:37 AM

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