Question about 1989 Buick Regal
How to fix the timing belt
This is a serious repair job (I've done it several times) and a real
beast for the typical driveway mechanic. It's nothing like the
simplicity of a fan or alternator belt. It's inside the engine!
A $50 part and 10 hrs of labor. A sure way to kill a weekend (if everything goes well)
The front engine cover, housing the waterpump, etc must come off (usually the radiator, etc is in the way)
The relationship between the position of the crankshaft and camshaft is critical (these 2 major rotating parts are connected by the toothed timing belt. One notch off during re-assembly and the car will never run right if it even starts.
Buy a good shop manual (factory is best but aftermarket is OK) and examine the steps before deciding to take on this tough job.
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
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