Probe GT Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Tripple Ripple, Michigan
1. What needs to be taken off inorder to replace them
you can replace the ac/alt belt without taking anything off.
i dont mess with the timing, so you might need to ask someone else.
2. What belts do i need, like whats the name for both of them.
alternator/air conditioning belt, and timing belt.
3. Should i go ahead and replace the bearings or whatever they are called (the things the belts rid on.??
the "tentioners" are a common probe problem.
if they start sqeeking, you need to have them replaced. the bearings seize, and it no longer moves. The ac/alt tentioner is a peice of cake, just loosen the bold, slip the belt off, then unscrew, etc.
i have no idea about the timing
4. If so what is the name for them and where to get them.
you can get them thru ford or mazda, but they wont be cheap. Autozone should have the right size, just bring the old belts in.
5. Last but not least is it worth doing it my self and how much time am i expection to use? or should i just take it to a shop and have them do it??
the alt/ac belts and tentioners are easy. if youve changed a tire on a car, you should have no problems..
now the timing belt is pretty hard. you have to make sure that you know the exact place you removed the belt from. If i were you id take it in. I paid $250 (i bought everything, they installed it)
to have the timing belt changed and tentioner replaced.
If you are thinking of taking it in, i would have them do it all at one time. you might not save much money, but a little is better then nothing. also have them check the water pump while there down there. this is another common problem.