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I changed the water pump on a 1996 Camry and the timing got off. What do I do?

The timing belt must have slipped.

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You will have to make sure the bottom timing mark is pointing strait up. Then make sure the top timing mark is strait down. Then put your timing belt back on. Also make sure that the top mark is on exhaust not on the intake valve. Not to hard to do but is teteis work.

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SOURCE: Changing timing belt and water pump

As every car is a little bit different, it is impossible to detail the requirements for every car. However, here is a general guide as to what you can expect to have to do when replacing a timing belt. I highly recommend buying the appropriate Hayne's Manual for you car at an auto supply store. It's a great reference that includes step by step instructions and helpful pictures.
Wait overnight for the engine to cool off. It's not worth it to risk burning yourself on the engine, which stays hot for a long time!
Disconnect the battery and chock the wheels so that the car cannot roll.
Remove all obstructions to the timing belt cover: This can take a while, as there are usually quite a few things in the way. Here's a list of a few common pieces you'll have to remove:
Remove the air intake assembly.
Loosen the pulley that powers the water pump, if necessary. Some cars require your to remove other equipment such as the power steering pump. If so, remove the belt from the pulley, and unbolt the pump. Move it back out of the way.
Remove any other accessories that interfere with access to the timing belt.
Use a large wrench on the crankshaft pulley to align the mark on the crankshaft pulley with the 0 on the timing scale molded into the engine block.
Remove the timing belt cover bolts and pull the cover off.
Check the tensioner bearings. Replace them if they are loose or noisy.
Check the camshaft and crankshaft seals. If they leak, it could cause premature failure of the new timing belt. Replace them if necessary.
Make sure that all timing marks are properly aligned, then loosen the timing belt tensioner and remove the timing belt. Do not allow either the camshaft or crankshaft to move while the belt is off.
Put the new belt in place. Adjust the tension, if necessary. Make sure that it sits well over the teeth of the timing sprockets. Don't over-tighten.
Apply a new gasket to the timing belt cover and replace it.
Reinstall all of the accessory pumps that you took off earlier, including the water pump. Many mechanics recommend replacing the water pump while you have it off. It's up to you.
Check that all timing marks are still properly aligned.
Reinstall the air intake assembly.
Reconnect the battery.
Start the engine and listen carefully to how it runs. You shouldn't hear any loud knocks if the timing is still correct.
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I think you should better go to a mechanic. You'll be charged something like a 100$. If you are not 100% confident in what you're doing, you can damage the car and then it will only get worse. I advise you to go to a mechanic (a guy with his own garage, don't go to walmart or something of the sort, they will charge you 10x more) and ask him how much for the labour and parts.
Good luck !

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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SOURCE: how do i remove serpentine belt to change water pump?

There is a pulley thast moves around a little when the engine is running, this is the belt tensioner pulley, you will need either a special wrench or a ratchet to release the tension on the belt.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

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SOURCE: timing belt/water pump

it sounds like who-ever put it back together again never tensioned your alternator belt properly and thus when its cold you hear squealing. The hum could be the belt rubbing off of the timing belt cover if that was also put on incorrectly i would think.
It would be beneficial to have it all rechecked before driving it again just to be on the safe side.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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SOURCE: How do you replace a water pump on Toyota Camry

the pump is connected to the cam belt and is very tricky you could do a lot of damage if you set the timing wrong. when is the timing belt due for changing it would be done then or get it done now and save money incase you run out of water and blow your head gasket

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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SOURCE: 1999 Tercel. Timing belt/water pump interval change?

Hello tinaromano1: The factory specification are to replace the belt every 90,000 miles in severe service. I would recommend to replace at 90,000 no matter what the service would be. Keep in mind should the belt break there is always a chance engine damage may occur. Should you need further help just ask. Thank You for using FixYa. Roger

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