How To Repalce Timing Belt
It is time to replace the timing belt on your car and you want to know how to replace timing belt. Your car performance can lessen when your timing belt becomes worn or damaged on your car. If a timing belt breaks, you risk the chance of your car possibly not functioning at all because it can completely shut down the engine. Changing the timing belt is not an easy job and does require some knowledge about working on cars. Replacing the timing belt on your car can be done by following these steps.
To change a timing belt you will need:
- new timing belt
- socket and ratchet set
- wrench set
- torque wrench
- Disconnect the battery. Remove the negative (black) battery cable from the battery terminal.
- Move the rotor into position. Check to make sure the rotor is aligned with the timing mark line. This indicates the rotor is in the correct position. If the rotor is out of position rotate it to align it up with the timing mark.
- Remove all components surrounding timing belts. Any accessory belts, wires or hoses that may be in the way of the timing belt, carefully remove them. Be sure to make a note or mark their locations so you can reconnect them correctly.
- Remove screws, nuts, and bolts holding the timing belt in its place. Based upon the model of your car there is also usually an engine cover that have screws and need to be removed.
- Loosen timing belt tensioner and mounting bolts. When you loosen these make sure not to remove them from the belt, just loosen them enough to move them away from the belt. Hold the tensioner in a loose position and then tighten the mounting bolts.
- Remove the timing belt. The timing belt will easily slide off from the engine to be removed once the tensioner has been loosened.
- Replace the timing belt. Carefully place the new timing belt around the engine. Place the cover back over the engine. Reinstall all the screws and bolts and tighten them securely into place. Replace any components that you have removed that were surrounding the timing belt. Reattach the battery cable. Start the engine to make sure that everything functions properly.