: timing belt

01-17-09, 10:00 AM
Is it difficult to chage the timing belt on a 1998 Catera. As i was driving it started to disintegrate. I was able to stop the car in time so I believe that there was no damage. I towed the car home and I am no wondering how difficult it will be to do the job myself. I have the repair manuals. Thank you. Any information will be helpful.

01-18-09, 09:39 PM
I just did it last week. It is a pain in the ass due to the tight engine bay.

I had the timing belt tool kit with the cam and crank locks. It was completely useless. You don't need it.

What will find uselful however is a Torx socket for the crank hub to turn the engine over. I used a 12-point socket instead.

Just make sure you tension the belt properly. Read the procedure over several times!

How do you know your belt is falling apart?

01-19-09, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the feedback. It is not the timing belt that I need to change but the serpentine belt, which i did and it wasn't that bad. Thanks though for the information.