: Timing Belt Question



diatibe24
03-22-06, 03:45 PM
Is it hard to change? i have a 2000. it looks like the belt cost 40ish. is that all ill need to do? meaning like i dont need to buy a tensioner or anything? it has 58000 on it. thanks!

guardian
03-22-06, 07:21 PM
I was just staring at one of these today, on a 1997. There are two overhead cams per cylinder bank. I think I counted three tensioners. There is the crank wrap.

AND IT ALL HAS TO BE PROPERLY TIMED!!!

Add in the fact this is an interference engine, a critical element when replacing the belt.

They sell kits to facilitate getting all this stuff lined up. I think the kits cost about two hundred bucks, which is cheap given the help they can be.

It is great you want to undertake changing your own belt. But do not open the engine up until you have read and studied and are certain you can do all good and no harm. It is a doable job, but it is not as easy as blowing bubbles.

Also I would not go through a belt replacement without changing out the tensioners as well. Another poster here has wisely pointed out the following:

It sometimes is a failed tensioner which results in a destroyed belt and/or which actually itself DESTROYS the belt. Do not change the belt without also renewing the tensioners.

guardian
03-23-06, 06:23 AM
Then there is this:

http://www.aa1car.com/library/2004/us90410.htm

and this:

http://www.automedia.com/displayPrintArticle.aspx?articleID=ccr20020301tb

and there is much more data out there. Just do not have the time to locate it.