2001 Mazda Protege



February, 14, 2009 AT 6:53 PM

Engine Mechanical problem
2001 Mazda Protege 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 135000 miles

I took my Mazda to a garage and they told me that I needed to have the timing belt replaced.I was wondering, being inexperienced (i've replaced brakes, rotor, small things, etc.) Do you think I could fix this myself using a manual? Or is it that complicated that I should just take it to a shop? Also, the vehicle is now leaking " something". I don't think it's the radiator. Could it be the water pump? Thank you.

4 Answers



February, 14, 2009 AT 6:59 PM

Replacing timing belt is more complicated than brake replacement. You have to know how to set your timing marks up perfect otherwise car will not run or not run very good. If you want I can post procedures and let you decide if you think you can handle the job, all I need is your engine size (2.0L 1.6L etc.).

You have to find out what the liquid is that is leaking before you can start looking for the faulty component. Is it coolant, oil, tranny fluid? .

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February, 15, 2009 AT 10:32 AM

Thank you very much for your prompt response. My engine is a 1.6L. I am very eager to try and fix this myself so I would really appreciate you posting the procedure. THe only reason I want to try (other than it would be a cool project) is the car is out in the " country" with my family and its gonna cost a good $160 to get it towed to the garage. And that's all the parts right there! LOL. So please, if you would, help me with this process. Once again, thank you very much and have a great day!



February, 15, 2009 AT 10:57 AM










Let me know if you need further assistance..

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February, 15, 2009 AT 2:20 PM

Thank you for the model. I really appreciate it. It does look a bit complicated but it seems do-able. It looks like a good 6 or 7 hour job but I gonna attempt after a some studying of course. But once again thank you and I'll let you know if I have any questions. Have a good one!

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