Squealing in Timing Cover Area on Cold Startup on Mazda Protege

The timing belt tensioner pulley may make a squealing noise from the timing cover area on cold startup. An updated tensioner with a thicker mounting bracket to eliminate vibration may be needed to solve the problem.

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Average mileage: 139,872 (60,000–250,000)
Engines affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
36 people reported this problem
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1996 Mazda Protege - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 158,000 mi,
belt sqeals when starting in extremely cold times. Belt has broken twice when below zero temperature. replaced adjuster and it has helped some but broken another time after that as well. temperature was below zero when it broke.
2001 Mazda Protege - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 192,000 mi,
As soon as I start my car it starts a really loud squealing
1999 Mazda Protege - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 190,000 mi,
Oil leak suspected in wearing down / loosing alternator belt, eventually breaking altogether.
1999 Mazda Protege - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 250,000 mi,
A couple of times I have had to replace the belt.
1991 Mazda Protege - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 207,437 mi,
Squealing after about the first 100 yards. Not fixed yet.
1995 Mazda Protege - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 150,000 mi,
Tightened alternator play
1999 Mazda Protege - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 100,000 mi,
has not been fixed yet
1996 Mazda Protege - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 130,000 mi,
My car usually squeals during a cold startup. I just replaced the belts and the squealing persists. From reading this, I am now suspecting that its the timing belt.