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Mazda Protege Squealing In Timing Cover Area When Cold

Mazda Protege Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 139,059 mi (60,000 mi - 250,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 250,000 mi

    A couple of times I have had to replace the belt.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 150,000 mi

    Tightened alternator play

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  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 100,000 mi

    has not been fixed yet

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  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 190,000 mi

    Oil leak suspected in wearing down / loosing alternator belt, eventually breaking altogether.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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