TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT on 1991 Mazda Protege

CAR LEAKING, MECHANIC SAID, I NEED NEW TIMING BELT. QUOTED 600.00 INCLUDED WATER PUMP. HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS THE RIGHT JOB? ANITAH

by in Laguna Niguel, CA on February 01, 2011
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on February 01, 2011
Anitah Sounds like your water pump is leaking and needs replacement and its located with the timing belt and both should be changed at the same time. You can check the estimate here www.repairpal.com/estimator and get a second opinion here www,repairpal.com/directory Hope this helps
COMMENT by on February 01, 2011
hi 427chevy, the weird thing is i have no water leak, i think it is cam and crank seal leaking. the mechanic said, he wanted to change the water pump as a precaution. i dont want to do more than i have to. anitah
ANSWER by on February 01, 2011
The labor is about the same as he has to remove the timing belt to get to those seals and your better off changing the water pump while its apart as it would be a shame if the pump started leaking 6 months from now
ANSWER by on February 01, 2011
The cam and crank seals can be replaced without the water pump or even the timing belt for that matter. The reason for suggesting them might be it is much less expensive while you are already disassembled and they don't last forever. If the pump seizes six months after the job, everything will have to be done over, at best. Like most things, if you are willing to take risk, you can save money.
COMMENT by on February 01, 2011
hi louis1953, thanks for the good advice. the truth is i got the quote before ransmission resealed. while redoing the transmission, he found the rear main seal leaking and replaced it. afterward, i never saw the oil leak again. do you think the oil leak was coming from the main seal? i need to see the leak before changing timing belt, belt is only 22,000 miles old. anitah
COMMENT by on February 01, 2011
Good point, it may very well have been the rear seal. With only 22K miles, I think I would take a wait and see approach as well.
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