Tips for Changing Your Timing Belt
How to Change Your Timing Belt
Just Some Tips
For more complete instructions read your Chilton's or Hayes ManualI am not responsible if you screw up
The timing belt is sort of a bugger to get to, but the replacement
is not too bad. You do have to remove the passanger side engine
mount, which means that you will need to have the engine supported.
Haynes says to pull the spark plugs -- this is unnecesssary.
Haynes to says to discharge the A/C and move it -- this is
Haynes says to remove the power steering pump. Just loosen the
two rear bolts on the pump support and the unit can be maneuvered
out of the way.
Haynes says to remove the alternator. Just remove it from the
bracket and relocate the alternator so it is out of the way.
You do not need to depressurize the fuel lines, and the lines do
not need to be either removed or relocated.
There is a small 1/2" radiator hose located above the water pump.
Replace this at the same time you are doing the belt. You may
also want to replace the water pump since you have everything
Remove the A/C fan which is located in front of the A/C compressor.
There are two 10mm (I think) nuts that hold the fan, then it lifts
out after you disconnect the electrical connection. Move the A/C
compressor over to where the fan was located. This will move the
compressor far enough out of the way.
The engine mount location is critical for the alignment of the
driveshafts. Mark and then pull the body-to-mount bolts. This
will help you get the mount back to the same location.
Haynes says to make a mark out the outside of the distributor
so you can rotate the crankcase to TDC of #1. But they forget
to tell you the the distributor roter does not make contact at
the same location as the spark plug on the distributor cap.
Turn the distributor cap over and you will see where #1 fires.
I used a vicegrip 'chain' adapter to hold the harmonic balancer
so I could remove the crank bolt. You can do the same thing by
removing the starter (held in place with three bolts) and
wedging a large screwdriver or tire iron in to hold the flywheel.
Give yourself a weekend the first time you do the belt.
It is not as difficult as the manuals suggest, but you do need to
have some reasonable hand tools as well as a torque wrench.
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