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We're changing timing belt and can't get crank pulley nut off. Could it be a left hand?

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SOURCE: 1992 nissan maxima timing belt replacement

need to take off almost every thing from the front of the motor. then take off top half of timing cover.
pull the harmonic balance pully off. then the bottom half of the cover will come off. becareful
the cam gears are hard to aline.
do you no where the knock sencor is located?
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SOURCE: 94 nissan pathfinder. 3.0V6. timing belt change,

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SOURCE: 1997 nissan quest changing timing

the harmonic pulley bolt is right hand thread and is sometimes very tight to undo.

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SOURCE: I cant get timing the pulley bolt off to change timing belt?

here is a easy way to do it . pull the starter and lock the flywheel with a screw driver that with stop the motor from turn

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Where do I find the timing marks on pulleys?

in the factory service manual FSM.


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and read all the steps

3VZ-FE (and 2vz)
this is your engine. and has many steps

key is timing and proper belt tension and is free running engine.


Prior to timing belt removal, make sure all the match-marks are there-2VZ-FE and 3VZ-FE engines

less photos:

the crank mark is CR -line

the cam pulleys, 3v pulley to R-cam mark

and 3v pulley to L-cam mark. (photos are best).

  1. Remove the timing belt.

If the timing belt is to be reused, draw a directional arrow on the timing belt in the direction of engine rotation (clockwise) and place matchmarks on the timing belt and crankshaft gear to match the drilled mark on the pulley.

  1. With a 10mm hex wrench, remove the setbolt, plate washer and the No. 1 idler pulley.

  2. Remove the crankshaft timing pulley, if it can NOT be removed by hand, use two flat bladed tools. Position shop rags on the components to prevent damage.


  1. Turn the crankshaft until the key groove in the crankshaft timing pulley is facing upward. Slide the timing pulley on so that the flange side faces inward.

  2. Apply bolt adhesive to the first few threads of the No. 1 idler pulley setbolt, install the plate washer and pulley and then tighten the bolt to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).

  3. Install the timing belt on the crankshaft timing, No. 1 idler and water pump pulleys.

If the old timing belt is being reinstalled, make sure the directional arrow is facing in the original direction and that the belt and crankshaft gear matchmarks are properly aligned.

  1. Install the lower (No. 1) timing cover and tighten the bolts.

  2. Align the crankshaft pulley set key with the key groove on the pulley and slide the pulley on. Tighten the bolt to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm).

  3. Install the No. 2 idler pulley and tighten the bolt to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Check that the pulley moves smoothly.

  4. Slide the left pulley, facing the flange side outward. Align the knock pin hole of the camshaft with the knock pin of the timing pulley, then install the knock pin. Tighten the left camshaft timing pulley bolt to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).

  5. Set the No. 1 cylinder to TDC again. Turn the right camshaft until the knock pin hole is aligned with the timing mark on the No. 3 belt cover. Turn the left pulley until the marks on the pulley are aligned with the mark on the No. 3 timing cover.

  6. Check that the mark on the belt matches with the edge of the lower cover. If not, shift it on the crank pulley until it does. Turn the left pulley clockwise a bit and align the mark on the timing belt with the timing mark on the pulley. Slide the belt over the left pulley. Now move the pulley until the marks on it align with the one on the No. 3 cover. There should be tension on the belt between the crankshaft pulley and the left camshaft pulley.

  7. Align the installation mark on the timing belt with the mark on the right side camshaft pulley. Hang the belt over the pulley with the flange facing inward. Align the timing marks on the right pulley with the one on the No. 3 cover and slide the pulley onto the end of the camshaft. Move the pulley until the camshaft knock pin hole is aligned with the groove in the pulley and then install the knock pin. Tighten the bolt to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).

  8. Position a plate washer between the timing belt tensioner and the a block and then press in the pushrod until the holes are aligned between it and the housing. Slide a 1.27mm (3VZ-FE 1.5mm) Allen wrench through the hole to keep the push rod set. Install the dust boot and then install the tensioner. Tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (26 Nm). Don\'t forget to pull out the Allen wrench!

  9. Turn the crankshaft clockwise two complete revolutions and check that all marks are still in alignment. If they aren\'t, remove the timing belt and start over again.

  10. Install the right engine mount bracket and tighten it to 30 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).

  11. Position a new gasket and then install the upper (No. 2) timing cover. refer to the illustration for bolt positioning.

  12. Install the spark plugs.

  13. On the 2VZ-FE, install the right engine mount insulator. Tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm), the bracket nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm) and the body nut to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm). Install the No. 1 stay and tighten it to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm). Install the No. 2 stay and tighten the bolt to 48 ft. lbs. (66 Nm) and the nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm).

  14. On the 3VZ-FE, install the control rod and tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm). Install the right stay and tighten it to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).

  15. Install and adjust the drive belts.

  16. Install the fender apron seal and the wheel.

  17. On the 3VZ-FE, install the No. 2 stay and tighten the bolt to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm), the nut to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm). Install the No. 3 stay and tighten it to 54 ft. lbs. (73 Nm).

  18. Install the coolant overflow tank and the washer tank.

  19. Install the power steering reservoir tank and the cruise control actuator.

  20. Connect the battery cable, start the car and check for any leaks.

end quote.

Feb 27, 2014 | 1993 Toyota Camry V6

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1997 nissan quest changing timing belt is nut that holdes the bottom pulley on left handed or right handed

the harmonic pulley bolt is right hand thread and is sometimes very tight to undo.

Mar 26, 2011 | Nissan Quest Cars & Trucks

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93 accord timing belt installation

  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Torque wrench
  • Chain wrench
  • 3/8 inch drive ratchet
  • 1/2 inch drive ratchet
  • 10 mm wrench
  • 12 mm wrench
  • 10 mm socket (3/8 inch)
  • 14 mm socket (3/8 inch)
  • 17 mm socket (1/2 inch)
  • 19 mm socket (1/2 inch)
  • Timing belt
  • Balancer belt
  • Bottle of Liquid Paper

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Using a ½-inch-drive ratchet and the 19 mm socket, turn the center bolt on the crankshaft so that number-one cylinder piston is at top dead center (TDC). You will know you ware at TDC when the mark on the crank is in alignment with the arrow on the timing cover.
  • Disconnect the cruise control connector and remove the cruise control actuator. Loosen the upper mounting bolt with the 14 mm socket. Use a 12 mm socket to loosen the lower nut then use a 10 mm socket to loosen the adjuster from the power steering pump and remove the belt.
  • Loosen the upper air conditioner mounting bolt using the 14 mm socket. Use the 12 mm socket to loosen the lower nut and adjusting bolt on the alternator and remove the alternator/AC belt. Remove the valve cover using a 10 mm socket.
  • Place the jack behind the left front wheel where the arrow is located indicating the jack location, and raise the vehicle. Put the jack stand under the subframe behind the jack, then lower the jack. Remove the left front wheel for easy access to the crank pulley. Using a block of wood atop the jack, place the jack under the oil pan and lift with slight pressure to hold the engine in place. Remove the side engine mount using a 17 mm deep socket.
  • Take off the dipstick, pipe tube and upper timing cover using a 10 mm socket.
    Then remove the timing belt adjuster rubber seal without loosening the adjuster nut. Take off the crankshaft pulley bolt. Use the chain wrench to hold the the crankshaft pulley while turning the crankshaft pulley bolt with a 19 mm socket. Use the 10 mm wrench and 10 mm socket to remove the bolts on the lower cover. Remove the lower cover and mark the location of the cam, crank and balancer shaft with Liquid Paper. Remove the balancer shaft belt and timing belt. Install the timing belt and the balancer shaft belt in the reverse order of removing them. During Installation of the crank pulley, coat the threads of the crank pulley bolt with engine oil and tighten it to 159 foot-pounds. Finally, adjust the tension of the power steering and alternator belts as well.

    Feb 03, 2011 | 1993 Honda Accord

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    How to change water pump on toyota sienna

    3.0L Engine
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    3. Drain the engine coolant.
    4. Remove or disconnect the following:
      Wiper and blade assembly Top cowl seal and panel Window washer hoses, from the ventilator louvers Left and right ventilator louvers Heater air duct Timing belt
    5. Mark the left and right camshaft pulleys with a touch of paint.
    6. Remove or disconnect the following:
      NOTE Be sure not to mix up the pulleys.
      Right and left camshaft pulleys bolts Pulleys from the engine
      No. 2 idler pulley by removing the bolt 3 clamps and engine wire from the rear timing belt cover 6 No. 3 timing belt cover-to-engine bolts Water pump nuts/bolts Water pump and gasket from the engine

      Fig. Exploded view of the components to gain access to the water pump-3.0L engine

      Fig. Exploded view of the water pump and related components-3.0L engine

    To install:
    1. Check that the water pump turns smoothly. Also check the air hole for coolant leakage.
    2. Apply liquid sealer to the gasket, water pump and engine block.
    3. Install or connect the following:
      NOTE After tightening the bolt, be sure the idler pulley moves smoothly.
      NOTE Be sure to align the knock pin hole on the camshaft pulley with the knock pin on the camshaft.
      NOTE Be sure to align the knock pin hole on the camshaft pulley with the knock pin on the camshaft.
      Water pump, using a new gasket. Tighten the nuts/bolts to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm). Rear timing belt cover. Tighten the 6 bolts to 74 inch lbs. (9 Nm). Engine wire with the 3 clamps to the rear timing belt cover No. 2 idler pulley. Tighten the bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
      Right-hand camshaft pulley, with the flange side outward.
      Tighten the camshaft bolt to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm), using the removal tools Left-hand camshaft pulley, with the flange side inward.
      Tighten the camshaft bolt to 94 ft. lbs. (125 Nm), using the removal tools Timing belt
    4. Fill the engine coolant.
    5. Install or connect the following:
      Heater air duct Left and right ventilator louvers Window washer hoses to the ventilator louvers Top cowl seal and panel Wiper and blade assembly Negative battery cable
    6. Start the engine.
    7. Top off the engine coolant and check for leaks.

    Hope this help.

    Mar 23, 2010 | 2004 Toyota Sienna

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    How to replace timing belt 1995 vw golf

    1. remove air intake pipe, and box (upper and lower section)
    2. take off timing belt cover
    3. take off serpintine belt, and v belt
    4. rotate engine to TDC marks line up on crank and cam. camshaft says O^T on it and on the cover behind gear, crank has a notch in the pulley and a arrow on the cover to line up
    5. remove crank pulley 6mm allens not the 19mm 12 bolt
    6. make sure timing belt is still at TDC remove lower timing belt cover there is 3 bolts and a nut holding it on the nut is by the water pump and the bolts are on on top and 2 behind the crank pulley
    7. remove cover
    8. mark intermediate shaft shaft right above the crank pulley
    9. remove belt
    10. install reverse of removal make sure to line up all 3 pulleys cam crank and intermediate shaft or it wont run and depending on how bad it is out of time if you do it wrong you could bend valves
    Assuming this is a 2.0 8v your question is pretty vague

    Feb 23, 2010 | 1995 Volkswagen Golf

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    I cant get the bolt loose to remove pulleys from the front of crank shaft.Ineed to replace crank shaft seal.

    easy , you must learn to improvise ,use a nice knuckle bar ,preferably snap on then jam this in the suspension with the socket on the nut and turn starter motor .it will come undone with no problem.most important do not forget to put some locktite on thread when re fitting,also make sure you put some white paint marks on the pulleys to the bloc so you know where they time up do not paint teh belt because you WILL change it and paint teh milage on teh timing cover and date for anyone else to know when it was done last

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    S60. 2.4T removing and replacing timing belt

    remove auxilary belt remove one bolt from timing belt cover remove cover turn engine to tdc using socket on crank nut check cam pulleys lined mark with white paint or tipex remove 4 bolts on crank pulley then centre pulley nut use impact gun prise of pulley check all marks still lined up buy or borrow universal cam sproket lock tool this is important to stop cams moving when belt of release tensioer remove belt chek water pump for leaks and wear fit new tensioner then new belt keep tight on non tension side feed over sprokets tension belt to align pointer on tensioner turn engin 2 times re check timing marks fit all parts removed

    Nov 23, 2009 | 2001 Volvo S60

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    Kia sephia timimg belt replacement

    remove drive belts and water pump pulley remove plastic cover and crank pulley line marks on cam with marks on valve cover should be at 12 o clock then there is a notch in crank gear that lines up with *** on the block at about 1 o clock the tensioner is spring loaded 14mm nut loosen this nut use a pry bar to push tensioner back snug nut so pulley wont come back remove belt when installing new belt use paper clibs wit the rods that flip over to hold the belt on the pulleys be sure timing marks on cam are lined up before attaching clips as they will move when belt is removed after belt is installed and tensioner is tight turn engine by hand until cam marks are lined up be sure all marks are lined up if they are reassemble everything and happy motoring

    Aug 06, 2009 | 1998 Kia Sephia

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    Cant put belt on

  • Raise and suport the front of the vehicle
  • Under the car, use a socket set to remove the belt splash guard from the passenger side.
  • Find the belt tensioner. It's a small pulley (8) below the alternator (1) on a spring loaded pivot.
  • With the palm of your hand, push firmly upward on the tensioner pulley. If that does not work, get on the 15mm nut in the center of the pulley with a wrench for leverage. Acting like you're "tightening" this nut will provide the correct direction of movement to release belt tension.
  • The belt will loosen. While still pushing on the tensioner pulley, unloop the belt from the crank pulley (6) and/or A/C pulley (5). They're the two lower-most pullies.
  • Remove pressure from tensioner pulley
  • From above the engine or below, remove the belt.
  • Re-route new belt as shown in diagram below. Leave only the lower 2 pullies (A/C and crank) out of the loop.
  • Press the tensioner upwards again
  • While holding the tensioner, re-loop the new belt over the A/C and Crank pullies.
  • Remove pressure from tensioner pulley

  • Good luck and hope this helps. 

    Apr 19, 2009 | 2001 Ford Focus

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    Cant get the crankshaft pulley off

    It's most likely right hand thread. You will have to use a large breaker bar to get enought leverage to remove this nut. Or you can use what ever you have and place a steel pipe on the end of it for extra leverage. If it doesn't budge, you may have to soak it in penetrating oil, and use an impact wrench. Make sure you remove the large washer under the nut "before" you remove pulley.

    Nov 11, 2008 | 1997 Jeep Tj

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