I have to replace the water pump on my 98 Mazda 626 2L and would like to know how I can evaluate if I need to replace the timing components as well?
I know the conventional wisdom is to do the timing as well, however the belt looks to be in good condition, I suspect it may have been done in the past few years, and I don't want to spend more than I have to as the timing components are quite expensive.
The belt itself looks like it's in very good condition. I've only put about 5k kilometers on the car myself, it has 245k kilometers on it total. I have no idea at the moment when the timing was last done, although now that I think about it there may be some indication in the pile of paperwork the previous owner gave me.
After looking through the paperwork, I see that the timing was last done 80k kilometers ago, so technically I've still got another 20k till I have to change the belt.