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I have a 93 wagon with 206600 on the clock and as far as I know the timing belt has never been replaced.
The water pump hasn't needed attention so I haven't bothered with it so far.
How far will it go on the original belt?
 

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it's highly unlikely a factory belt would last that long, but its not impossible. I have seen plenty with 100k+ on the factory belt.
 

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With that mileage it's not the original timing belt. I think someone here once went to something like 120,000 miles once, and the belt looked like it was shredded.

Water pumps don't last that long either.
 

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I guess I will have to take a look. The car seems to have been well maintained in the past. The oil remains fairly clear after 3000 miles. It's never black. I suppose that it's possible that the belt has been changed at some point.
Thanks for all the feedback
 

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With that mileage it's not the original timing belt. I think someone here once went to something like 120,000 miles once, and the belt looked like it was shredded.

Water pumps don't last that long either.
lies im on the original water pump and just replaced the factory thermostat last week lol. But the 3rd timing belt and my car has 210,500 miles.
 

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First drain the radiator. Then poke a hole in the plug with a screwdriver and pry it out, take it to a parts store and they will give you a new one for under $1. NAPA is probably the best for this kind of part. Tap the new one in with a hammer, refill the radiator, and your done. This is assuming its a freeze plug which is what it looks like in the picture.
 

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Gee Whiz! I had just replaced the core plugs in the block of my 91 1.9l, but hadnt done it for the core plugs in the head. Maybe I should replace them too, while the head is still sitting on my workbench.
I just put the short-block and tranny back into my car yesterday, but prefer to install the head onto the block where I can do the 'head bolt torquing' with the block fixed in place.
I usually replace the core plugs on an engine block, because all of the cars in our family are more than 15 years old by the time I get them. But I havent been doing it on the engine heads...and maybe I should.
 

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So, I did something really stupid. I drove the freeze plug into the head and into the water chamber. I had replaced it and it was leaking a liittle when I filled the cooling system so I decided to give it a liittle tap. How serious is this? Or can I get by with that little obstruction?
 

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It could wedge your thermostat open or, depending on its size, block off flow to your heater core. Is there any chance of grabbing it with some needle nose pliers? Its steel so you could go after it with a magnet as well.
 

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I tried the needle nose pliers. It is stuck in there pretty good and isn't wiggling around anymore.
I'll try again tomorrow after work. I got tired of jacking with it today. Did the timing belt and water pump as well. First the timing belt was off a tooth and then the freeze plug issue. Just one of those days.
 

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zzyzzx said:
Water pumps don't last that long either.
My car had 185,000 when the original water pump started to leak on my 1.8 EGT. I know this for a fact as I bought the car new. Now has 215,000 on the clock.
 

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Well, I got everything back togehter and no sqeaks or leaks. The car accelerates like normal, but the idle is a little rough and there is a popping noise coming from the exhaust. Any ideas ?
I'm thinking vacuum leak, but I can't find it.
I checked and rechecked the timing marks and I'm 99% sure that everything was lined up correctly.
 

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Well I'm back
New plugs, wires and IAC and no vacuum leaks
Idle is about the same, except it idles smoother and runs better with A/C than without.
I figure the engine is just showing it's age, but curious about the fact that it runs better with air on.
Any ideas?
 

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KB said:
I have a 93 wagon with 206600 on the clock and as far as I know the timing belt has never been replaced.
The water pump hasn't needed attention so I haven't bothered with it so far.
How far will it go on the original belt?
My woman's escort made it to 165,000 with the original timing belt and water pump.
 
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