2002 Mazda Protege Timing Belt

Tiny
JEFFREY.LESTER@VOLVO.COM
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Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Mazda Protege 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 91,000 miles

I have a 2002 P5 with a 2.0L engine. Is this engine type interference or non-interference engine? Mazda dealer tells me I should replace timing belt ASAP but owners manual recommends replacement @ 105,000. I am currently having no performance issues with the engine. If timing belt breaks, will it damage piston and valves? Should I replace timing belt as a precaution or wait until timing belt breaks?
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Monday, August 18th, 2008 AT 5:03 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

The data base doe not make a mention of this engine being an interference type engine, but I would recommend that you change the timing belt before it fails it is not a huge job and it will save you the inconvenience of breaking down (at always the most inconvenient time) and towing costs, do it now and don't get caught out later.

Mark (mhpautos)
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