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Old 01 Sep 2014, 05:08 pm
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Default Timing belt

This is a question for those who have done this. How hard is it to change the timing belt yourself? I think my water pump is going out so I figure change the belt while I'm in there to make sure it's good. Also, about how long does it take? I've got limited time and more limited space.

Also I can get a timing belt kit, belt, tensioner pulley with bracket and the other pulley, all in one. I can get the water pump separately, as well as the Haynes manual. All for about $240 is that a fair price?
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Old 01 Sep 2014, 05:19 pm
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You can buy the whole KIT for around $100 give or take. Try RockAuto Parts Catalog and fill in the blanks for your particular PT and if it comes up with a search, type in "timing belt kit".

As far as doing it yourself, I've never done it but have seen owners come to the forum after trying it and even people who have had professionals do it and many got it wrong, mostly with getting it timed correctly. On the other hand, some have done it who have never tried it before and got it right. Proper tools, reading over the HOW TO's that we have posted and some knowledge/mechanical skills will help.

Best to read over the 5 or so posts in the HOW TO section so see how others did it might help you make up your mind.
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Old 01 Sep 2014, 05:22 pm
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Thanks crewzin. You're a good person. Seems like you're always there with an answer that will help.
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Replacing the timing belt 2.4L (without a lift!) -Detail instructions

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Old 01 Sep 2014, 05:56 pm
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Thanks. This looks to be a pain in the rump. I am very handy in this department. I di the timing belt on my 91 eclipse, but that had more room to work. I appreciate the answers. I'll post updates as I go along if I decide to do this myself. You guys are great. Thanks again.
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Thanks. This looks to be a pain in the rump. I am very handy in this department. I di the timing belt on my 91 eclipse, but that had more room to work. I appreciate the answers. I'll post updates as I go along if I decide to do this myself. You guys are great. Thanks again.
If you do it, take plenty of pics to give you refrence going back. I suggest to take a pic of the final alighnment of the belt. To refer bact to Questions arise. Helps rule out things that have been covered up and can no longer easelly seen.
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Old 01 Sep 2014, 07:33 pm
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Thanks. Will do. If it's no too much, I may take it to get done.
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Old 01 Sep 2014, 07:44 pm
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I've done a few of them (two 2001s and a 2006), and it can be a pretty tough job. I agree, you should read the forums to see what other folks went through. But you're on the right track. If you're going in there, make sure you change the water pump, the timing belt, and the tensioner. You'll see that it's not a job you'll want to do again any time soon. Really, some of the hardest stuff has to do with the motor mounts, power steering pump mounts, etc. It's a huge puzzle. The actual timing belt job isn't bad once you're in there. Then, you gotta put it all back...
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depending on your finances, and the availiblity of another car to drive while your doing the timing belt, its a tight operation.
As far as timing if you take the covers off and roll the engine over to line up the crank timing mark then using a white paint stick mark the belt and cam where they touch (on Top) and the crank and belt where it touches.
Use this as a double check to make sure the allignment is correct. I found that I had to roll the front cam clockwise just a little while putting the belt on the tension idler to keep the belt tight between the two cams and it gave me just enough room (slack) to slip the belt on the idler.
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Old 01 Sep 2014, 08:24 pm
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Okay. Thanks. I'll be sure to look at that. My eclipse that I did was a dohc and a major PITA. It kept slipping one tooth off. Would run and idle but we're rougher than hell. It had to be done the same way.
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