Hey guys, I’m about to get to work on changing the timing belt on my 1996 Mercury Mystique 2.0L Zetec automatic, as I’m a few thousand miles over the scheduled replacement. I’ve never changed a timing belt before, but I feel up to the task and have all the tools, garage space, and literature I need. I was just wanting to ask what else you’d include in the job. So far, I’m going to change the belt, idler pulleys and tensioner. Also the serpentine belt, water pump, and of course valve cover gasket. Anything else that I should replace while I’m in there? I’m not averse to spending a little extra on parts now to save me some labor in the future.
Thanks for your advice, which I’m sure will be excellent as always.