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Timing belt broke

Need instructions on timing belt replacement

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I hate to be the barer of bad news, if your timing belt broke, you will probably need to replace the heads also. Not a small job. When a timing belt brakes the timing is out (of course) and when that happens the valves hit the piston and bend. So remove the water pump belt, a/c belt and the alt. belt. you will have to remove the harmonic balancer through the right wheel well. Before you remove this make sure number one piston is at the top of the cylinder. Then unbolt the black plastic timing belt cover, clean all the debris out. When this is done check the all the pulleys in there to see if they are nylon or metal, if they are nylon replace everything (nylon cracks over time from stress). Once that is done you will have to remove the heads to check for valve damage. If damaged you will have to get new or used heads or have yours rebuilt.

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