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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Info taken from : http://www.howtodothings.com/automotive/a3502-how-to-replace-a-timing-belt.html
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
This is a code related to the air flow from the air pump (aka pollution pump) into your exhaust system. This air pump takes outside air and injects it in the exhaust stream after the engine to help burn off any residual fuel or pollutants. When P0411 comes up, the control module detects a lack of air flow either caused by a defective air pump, leaking/clogged air hoses, or bad check valves.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Changing a water pump is pretty basic. Since the coolant system is a closed system you only need to be concerned with that system. For instance you since you have to mess around with it anyway you might as well change the thermostat and flush the coolant system. Make sure your radiator hoses are in good shape and that's about it.
If you have basic mechanical skills and tools you will have no problem replacing a water pump.
As far as information with the actual replacement there are a number of experts here including myself that could explain how to do it.
However no matter how good our explanations are it just can't compare to a good repair manual.
A repair manual for your car at Auto Zone would likely cost between $12 and $15. It is a great investment if you are going to keep your car for any length of time. When you sell, it shows the buyer you took the time to maintain and repair it right.
I personally like Haynes Manuals.
I hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
it is normal to have that paste stuff on the underside of your oil cap and some on the tube the cap goes on. this is condensation it goes to the highest points in the engine alot of short trips makes this worse
if the oil thats drained out looks like regular dirty old oil then dont worry about it
if it looks pastie white then you got trouble
Posted on Mar 23, 2010
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