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Old 21 Jul 2016, 05:49 pm
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Hey Howdy hey!

The cruiser is in the shop and up on jack stands. I am watching this video series on the timing belt job https://youtu.be/6qRrgHvZRMQ and have read several threads on this forum.

Has anyone done this job without removing the AC lines? The mechanic in the video seems to imply that it is possible but makes the job a bigger pain.

Thanks in Advance.
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Old 21 Jul 2016, 06:15 pm
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Default Re: About to start timing belt job!

Here's an older thread to read....

Can Timing Belt Be Changed Without Opening A/C System?
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Old 21 Jul 2016, 09:11 pm
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Hey Howdy hey!

The cruiser is in the shop and up on jack stands. I am watching this video series on the timing belt job https://youtu.be/6qRrgHvZRMQ and have read several threads on this forum.

Has anyone done this job without removing the AC lines? The mechanic in the video seems to imply that it is possible but makes the job a bigger pain.

Thanks in Advance.
Yep. No need to discharge the AC or disconnect the exhaust. Just rock the engine gently back and forth as you raise it up to make sure nothing gets hung. I was fitting some new camshafts and valve train mod when I did mine, so I had it off three times. Nothing to it. Quite a bid easier than on my former Sebring convertible. Here's a photo of my engine jacked all the way up.




And there's plenty of room with AC line still in place.

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Old 22 Jul 2016, 12:44 pm
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Default Re: About to start timing belt job!

Thanks for the pics. I have it all apart now and did not have much trouble working around those lines. Sure glad I didn't take them loose. I was concerned over the range of movement for the engine when jacking it up and lowering it. A couple of the bolts were impossible to get out without significant engine movement.

I am waiting on a three arm gear puller so I can remove the balancer. Then I can find TDC and remove the belt.

Thanks again!
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Old 22 Jul 2016, 12:46 pm
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While you've got the area torn apart, you might want to replace the center motor mount, they are known to tear, the same as the torque struts, but much easier to replace now, rather than later.
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