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REPLACE TIMING BELT ON 1999 MERC VILLAGER VAN

HOW DO YOU REPLACE TIMING BELT? I WAS TOLD I NEED TO ALSO REPLACE THE WATER PUMP AT THE SAME TIME, BECAUSE IF IT FAILS LATER ON I WILL NEED TO REPLACE THE TIMING BELT AGAIN . IS THIS CORRECT? ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF?

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I would replace the water pump while you are in there.

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Go to this link to another question on FIXYA.com to see my answer for how to change a timing belt on a 2001 Villager.
I have a 1993 Villager but they should be very similar.
http://www.fixya.com/cars/t1382627-timing_belt

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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