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Replace The Timing Belt On Your Car

Update:16-01-2017
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The timing belt is important for a car’s engine. The ti […]

The timing belt is important for a car’s engine. The timing belt controls the timing of the engine’s valves. Timing belts need to be replaced at recommended intervals to prevent failure. If a timing belt fails during use, it will cause major damage to the engine. Be sure to verify that your make and model uses a timing belt. Most cars use a timing belt, but a few models use timing chains or timing gears. The owner’s manual will specify when to replace the belt in the scheduled maintenance section if the car has a timing belt.

Drivers should change the timing belts regularly as the belts are easy to wear and tear if used excessively. Although replacing a timing belt itself isn't very costly, not doing so can cost you a lot of money.

If a worn timing belt splits, it can cause some serious damage to valves, pistons, camshaft, connecting rods, and more. Replacing all of those damaged parts can cost you thousands of dollars and a lot of time. It takes about two and a half hours to change the timing belt.

You should disconnect the battery ground cable and lay it aside to make sure that it keeps away from metal. Jack the front of the 626 up with the floor jack and support it with jack stands. Remove the right wheel using the lug wrench. Remove the right splashguard using the appropriate socket.

Loosen the accessory drive belt tensioners, then lift the accessory drive belts off the pulleys. Remove the crankshaft pulley bolts, then pull the pulley off. Remove the upper and lower timing belt covers and seals using the appropriate sockets.

Turn the crankshaft clockwise until the timing mark “A” on the camshaft lines up with the notch at the 12 o’clock position on the head. The crankshaft marks will line up at the 12 o’clock position.

Loosen the tensioner bolt and push the tensioner away from the belt. Tighten the tensioner bolt just enough to hold the tensioner out of the way. Lift the timing belt off the sprockets. You should check out whether the timing marks are lined up or not.

Install the timing belt starting on the crankshaft sprocket. Route it over the top of the camshaft sprocket, keeping tension between the two sprockets. Bring the other side of the timing belt up from the crankshaft to the water pump pulley, then route it behind the tensioner.

Loosen the tensioner bolt and allow the tensioner to put tension on the belt. Turn the crankshaft clockwise two turns. Check that both timing marks are lined up. Apply a load of 22 pounds halfway between the crankshaft and camshaft sprockets. If the deflection is not between 0.47 and 0.55 inches, repeat Step 6.

Install the rest of the parts in reverse order of removal. Tighten the crankshaft pulley bolts to 10 foot-pounds of Timing Belt Company.