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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2001, 08:31 AM
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Timing Belt - As easy as it seems?

I plan on changing my timing belt tonight - is it as easy as it seems in the Haynes book? Just get it to TDC, take off fan & fan clutch, remove timing cover, loosen tensioner, and change the belt, right? (this is an '87 sammy, NO a/c)

also, do i REALLY need to loosen all the valve adjustments first? that doesn't make sense to me. a BIG THANKS!!

It just seems too simple - i'm used to timing chain being an all-day ordeal on my toyota! I'm in south raleigh in case you feel like helping & drinking beers!

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Re: Timing Belt - As easy as it seems?

If I remember right when I did mine it seemed that it was fairly straight forward and didn't take alot more time than i had expected. At least I don't remember it being too much of a pain.

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I found the timing belt to be pretty easy. It may take a little time to dismantle it to the point where you can change the belt, but nothing is really hard or challenging. Be sure that when the timing belt is off, you do not accidently move either the crank or cam pullies. Things get interesting if the belt goes on when one of the pullies is off by a tooth.
The loosing of the valve adjusters is done when replacing the cam, I didn't do it when replacing my timing belt.

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I don't know who's telling you to mess with your valve adjustments to change a timing belt.... but DON'T DO IT!

Main thing is to make sure to get it to TDC before starting. This will make it easy to put back on. Also, keep an eye on the TDC marks. Its not uncommon for the cam gear to be off a tooth once the belt it tensioned. Double check your two pulley marks up front before putting it back together.

As a side note, I've changed beltsd before without actually pulling the cover off. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for your first time though.


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I don't know who's telling you to mess with your valve adjustments to change a timing belt.... but DON'T DO IT!

Main thing is to make sure to get it to TDC before starting. This will make it easy to put back on. Also, keep an eye on the TDC marks. Its not uncommon for the cam gear to be off a tooth once the belt it tensioned. Double check your two pulley marks up front before putting it back together.

As a side note, I've changed beltsd before without actually pulling the cover off. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for your first time though.


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I don't know who's telling you to mess with your valve adjustments to change a timing belt.... but DON'T DO IT!

Main thing is to make sure to get it to TDC before starting. This will make it easy to put back on. Also, keep an eye on the TDC marks. Its not uncommon for the cam gear to be off a tooth once the belt it tensioned. Double check your two pulley marks up front before putting it back together.

As a side note, I've changed beltsd before without actually pulling the cover off. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for your first time though.


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I don't know who's telling you to mess with your valve adjustments to change a timing belt.... but DON'T DO IT!

Main thing is to make sure to get it to TDC before starting. This will make it easy to put back on. Also, keep an eye on the TDC marks. Its not uncommon for the cam gear to be off a tooth once the belt it tensioned. Double check your two pulley marks up front before putting it back together.

As a side note, I've changed belts before without actually pulling the cover off. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for your first time though.


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Is there an echo in here or what???


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post #9 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2001, 09:31 AM
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Re: Timing Belt - As easy as it seems?

Valve/rocker adjustment was one of the steps listed in the Haynes book. I assume it's in case you're turning or replacing the cam? I wasn't planning on doing it anyway. I'll be sure to mark the pulleys before removing the old belt! Thanks again,

Steve O'

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did you studder?
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