DIY: replacing the timing belt

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    Does your vehicle need a replacement timing belt? So here is the blog for all your answers. You don’t need to worry about it. The timing belt may seem like a complex mechanical part of your engine, but without its replacement, you could incur huge expenses.

    What is a timing belt?

    Timing belts keep the vehicle engine running. They play an important role in the management of the vehicle’s pistons and valves and connect the engine’s camshaft to the crankshaft. Simply put, the timing belt is a reinforced rubber band with teeth on its inner side that perfectly harmonizes the closing and opening of the engine valves.

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    Tools needed to replace your timing belt:

    A new timing belt
    Booth Jack and Jack
    socket set
    Torque wrench
    Combination wrenches
    Screwdriver

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    Once you have gathered all the tools, you can easily replace the timing belt. Steps to replace your timing belt

    Step 1: Get the new belt and prepare your workspace so you can work undisturbed.

    Remove the negative battery cable from 2nd step.You may also need to separate the alternator belt if it creates problems when working on the timing belt.

    Step 3: Detach necessary accessories like the alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning compressor so that the timing belt cover is easily accessible. Also remove the valve cover assembly as it is needed to access the timing belt.

    Step 4: Using a wrench on the crankshaft bolt, crank the engine and set the timing mark on the timing scale aligning the crankshaft pulley with the zero mark. Check that the distributor rotor is set to the index mark.

    Step 5: check if the harmonic balancer pulley needs to be removed to remove the timing belt cover. Unfasten the bolts attached to the timing belt cover.

    Step 6: Examine the camshaft and crankshaft seals for oil leaks. Also check around the valve cover and oil pan. Also check for coolant leaks from the water pump and water pump bypass hose. All leaks must be repaired before installing the new belt.

    Step 7: Remove the mounting bolt that holds the old timing belt tensioner in place. Also determine if the tensioner pulley has any cracks or dents and needs to be replaced.

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    Step 8: Remove the old timing belt from the sprockets and replace it on the pulleys. Timing belts that have been used for a long time may stick to the pulley grooves and may require slight prying with a screwdriver. Therefore, do not force the new timing belt.

    Step 9: Once the belt is slipped, return the crankshaft to normal rotation to eliminate any slack in the belt and replace the teeth in the appropriate pulley grooves. Using the manufacturer’s recommended torque setting, check the tension with a tension tester, turn the tensioner, and center the bolts.

    Stage: 10 Reassemble all the parts you removed and reconnect the battery ground cable. Check the ignition timing and start the engine to make any final adjustments.

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    Timing belts are inexpensive, but they can cause tremendous engine damage. Thus, regularly checking your vehicle and repairing it from time to time is essential.

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