Timing Belt Blues

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I have a 1995 Mercury Mistique 4 cyl. automatic with 83,000 miles on it. I need to know when to change my timing belt. Everywhere I've looked it tells me what could happen it the belt breaks but not WHEN to change it! Can anyone let me know? Also when I'm stopped at a red light or stop sign, etc. I have a vibration in the floor shifter (transmition?) Any ideas?

posted by  Leebren

Many thanks. I bought the car at 78,000 miles and have no idea if it was done. I'm gonna play it safe and get it done ASAP.

posted by  Leebren

I took my car in for the timing belt today and it looks like I did it just in time! We also found a noisy, leaky water pump. With the new belt and resetting the timing and the new water pump the mysterious vibration has disapeared. Thank you very much for the info!

posted by  Leebren

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