Had tear in intake boot for over a year before replacing it. had some loss of takeoff power and rough starts that threw timing belt. Had timing belt resat, drove car 300 mi to mobile and it started ticking really loudly. Took to a mechanic who changed timing belt and timing belt tensioners, etc. He found that belt had gotten loose and eaten into the timing belt covers. upon reassembly, car still ticks very badly. Had to go back 300 miles to birmingham that day and went against mechanics advice.Drove less than 12 miles, and ticking stops. Now the car will barely pick up to 5mph, then accelerates faster, but only to 68mph. Seemed to be only running on 3 cylinders. Made it 300 miles to birmingham. car then only started 7 more times, to go up the small hill in driveway to take daughter to schoolbus. won't start. been sitting since start of december.
Help diagnose no-start on 2002 Mazda Protege
by Eberfinn in Trussville, AL on March 02, 2011
ANSWER by raiderron on March 02, 2011
Needs alot of inspection. Needs timing belt cover removed and reinspect, check valve timing, check for cylinder leakage possibly because of bent valves, take to shop and get inspection asap.
ANSWER by mastertech6371 on March 02, 2011
in the beginning, you should have had the timing belt replaced and not re set. there was a problem with tensioners and pullies that have now damaged the motor internally. let a shop check it for you and give you a bid. Roy
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