mazda truck questions

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Old 04-05-11, 07:37 AM
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mazda truck questions

I have a Mazda '96 B2300 truck.

I'm told the engine in it is just like the Ford Ranger (4cy)

Here's where we get into supposition: I'm told that whenever mileage gets up around 60000, it needs a new timing belt. That's not a lot of miles before you have to do it all again. If this figure isn't good, what is a good one? Just wondering what mileage I have to do a timing belt changeout. Coming on to 110000 miles.

Are there any kind of indicators that the timing belt is shot? From what people have said it sounds as if it suddenly breaks--no indicators.
 
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Old 04-05-11, 07:42 AM
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If it's never been changed, you are running on borrowed time. 60K is pretty standard mileage for replacement. Thats an interference engine (2.3L?) and if the belt breaks, you'll have a lot of repair to do.
 
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I wonder what causes the failure in these belts? Lots of engine go way over that amount, and the belt runs true. Is it design?

Is there anything I can do to improve the 60000 mileage failure figure?

Are there any indicators which tell me "somethings fixing to happen" to the belt?
 
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Nope...no way to tell till its too late. Way back when..I had a flat with no spare..my Dad brought me what I needed, and when we went to leave his car would crank, but no start...broken belt.

Belts wear out, just like tires, V-belts, oil, whatever. Any minor misalignment or tolerance issue will add to that...thats why they play safe.

Chains also wear..but don't normally fail catastrophically....belts do.
 
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The timing belt

It's the difference from hundreds to thousands. You've had a good
ride, just do it. We will all feel better in the morning.
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