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Old 09 May 2017, 06:21 pm
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08 PT 70000 mi, car is going on 10 yrs old, when should timing belt change be done?

Also, would there be any advantage to removing the right front fender to provide better access? Has this ever been tried or would it be a waste of time?
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Old 09 May 2017, 06:38 pm
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08 PT 70000 mi, car is going on 10 yrs old, when should timing belt change be done?

Also, would there be any advantage to removing the right front fender to provide better access? Has this ever been tried or would it be a waste of time?
No advantage to taking right fender off, but if you release the front bumper fascia on the right side and remove the headlight it gets a bit easier.
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Old 09 May 2017, 06:53 pm
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it is not a hard job at all. it's just a lot of steps. i would not add any extra steps to the process. there is no reason to add more time to a seven hour job.
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I'm at the midpoint in the job now on my 07 Pacific Coast PT. Had a few moments and now have the belt on but one tooth off so have to loosen all, readjust, tighten and spin it again to be sure of proper alignment and timing.
To save paying someone else a stack of hundreds, I bought the parts on RockAuto and a couple local parts houses, had to invest in a good balance pulley puller, and endure a bit of heat and wait for rain dry outs etc.
I'll do it again I think because once you have faced this lion the next one will be lots quicker. The car has couple of other things to do too but doing the belt and assessing the running and driving car will tell all all about the engine trans unit and the electrical system and brakes.
I found this forum and several U Tube videos to be great help in preparing for the job. Busted PT, Handy Cruiser, and others have contributed as well and I think I taught myself about a couple of things as well.The Haynes Manual is a good source for line drawings and info too.
70 K seems like way too soon even giving account to age of the car. If it has been well serviced and consistently on the road I'd like it even more. I'm all for replacing hoses and drive belts and if the car sat for the last 3-5 years I'd do the timing belt but if not, ?.
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OK, thanks for the replies, good to hear from those who have done the work.
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Old 11 May 2017, 04:28 am
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Maybe not add some extra steps to the job, but you should consider replacing some additional parts while the area is opened up: timing belt, water pump, tensioner, idler pulley, cam seals, crank seal, center motor mount with new bolt.
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I'm at the midpoint in the job now on my 07 Pacific Coast PT. Had a few moments and now have the belt on but one tooth off so have to loosen all, readjust, tighten and spin it again to be sure of proper alignment and timing.
To save paying someone else a stack of hundreds, I bought the parts on RockAuto and a couple local parts houses, had to invest in a good balance pulley puller, and endure a bit of heat and wait for rain dry outs etc.
I'll do it again I think because once you have faced this lion the next one will be lots quicker. The car has couple of other things to do too but doing the belt and assessing the running and driving car will tell all all about the engine trans unit and the electrical system and brakes.
I found this forum and several U Tube videos to be great help in preparing for the job. Busted PT, Handy Cruiser, and others have contributed as well and I think I taught myself about a couple of things as well.The Haynes Manual is a good source for line drawings and info too.
70 K seems like way too soon even giving account to age of the car. If it has been well serviced and consistently on the road I'd like it even more. I'm all for replacing hoses and drive belts and if the car sat for the last 3-5 years I'd do the timing belt but if not, ?.
I would highly recommend you take good clear shots of the timing to reference later if need be. If you have issues a the end of things and need to rule out that. You can refer to the pictures and know without doubt that's good and move on to the next possible cause.
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the secret is removing the right tire, inner fender well, lower the right front facia, remove right headlight.
remove the three left engine mounts while using a jack under the oil pan. discharge A/C system and remove hard lines for access.
get some special wrenches to access hard to reach bolts.
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I asked about evacuating and disconnecting the A/C lines before tackling my TB job too. I got the answer that you didn't really need to so I didn't. I don't have cruise control so I don't know how much easier it was without it but I really didn't have too many clearance problems by leaving the A/C lines connected. Maybe once or twice I used a credit card as a shoehorn to get something to slide past the A/C lines. A putty knife would have also worked. The real A/C caution is to make sure the alternator swings in far enough to clear the A/C canister bracket as you jack the engine way up to get to the iron bracket bolts. Chinese jigsaw puzzle anyone?

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