the timing belt interval on the 97 2.2L engine is 60k miles or 60 months, so it is due NOW.
and your engine will likely have bent valves if the belt or another component fails.
but the belts usually don't fail, the idler pulleys do.
so it is best to replace the belt, all idlers, and the water pump to be sure.
the 97 has a 2 piece tensioner and the piston usually does not need replacing unless it is leaking or not working properly.
also good to replace the cam & crank seals, cam cap o-rings, oil pump o-ring and re-seal the oil pump.
check out the ''theimportexperts'' on ebay. they have quality parts for a good price.
and usually a kit including the water pump for about $130.
the seals i get from the dealer, about $35 online or wholesale, ~$42 retail.
pretty easy job, just make sure you KNOW which the correct timing marks are.
DO NOT assume you will be able to figure it out by looking at the engine.
Edited by johnceggleston, 27 May 2013 - 03:03 PM.