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Am doing some maintenance work on my cousins 2003 Kia Rio. One of the maintenance items on the 60,000 mile checklist is to replace the timing belt. I have done plenty of repair and maintenance jobs on cars before. Alternators, struts, cv joints, etc. I've even torn out an old VW bug motor, reset the valves, and place the engine back in and got it running. Is the timing belt on the KIA RIO some thing I should be able to do easily?

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Loosen power steering lock bolts and nuts accordingly and remove tension from power steering (P/S) and/or (A/C) compressor drive belt.
Remove P/S and/or A/C drive belt.
Loosen generator mounting bolts and adjusting bolt.
Remove generator bolts.
Remove water pump pulley.
Remove upper and lower timing belt covers.
Turn crankshaft so that timing mark ontiming belt pulley is aligned with timing mark on engine.
Check that "I" mark on intake camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on seal plate and "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on seal plate.
Do not move camshaft or crankshaft once timing marks have been correctly positioned.
Loosen tensioner pulley lock bolt. Protect timing belt with a rag.Remove tensioner pulley.Remove timing belt.
Mark the direction of timing belt rotation (on the timing belt) for proper reinstallation.

Do reverse to install nelt belt

Posted on May 15, 2010

  • Adam Whitman May 15, 2010

    Is there something missing between removing the water pump and removing the timing belt covers? (See bold print below)

    Remove water pump pulley.
    Remove upper and lower timing
    belt covers.



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