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Getting ready to change timing belt and want to know if it can be done without pulling the engine.

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Absolutely...Just disconnect the right front engine mount and make sure you have the engine supported underneath with a jack and a piece of wood on it. Simple!

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2006 pontiac vibe getting close to 100K and feel the need to change the timing chain. Someone advised that is this breaks it destroys the whole engine Trying to divert trouble later.

It is personal taste. Some places recommend that timing CHAINS be replaced every 90K-100K, but others drive until there is some change in their engine performance that would indicate the timing chain and then change it. Since you have the timing chain and not the timing belt it is up to you.

Generally, I will replace timing chains IF I have to pull my engine out of the car for any reason, but won't change it at set intervals.

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Hello.. i alredy change my timming belt but when it is done my engine shaking.. so what is the problem? can someone help pls..

Are you replacing the belt because it broke, or just routine maintenance? If you replaced it because it broke, you probably have bent valves. When a belt breaks, the cam(s) stops turning, but the pistons keep going up and down a few times before the engine stops completely. The pistons will hit the valves that were open at the time the belt broke and bend them. If this is the case, the heads must be pulled off and repaired.

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Need to know how to check the timing for 1997 Hyundai Accent Gt!

Not sure why he would tell you the engine has to be taken out to set the timing. If he means the timing belt is wore out and needs to be changed, you can change the belt without pulling the engine. The engine cant be timed. It is set automatically.

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Does the 2007 Malibu have a timing chain or belt? Also, what is the recommended service interval for changing plugs, 100,000 Miles? Getting ready to take a cross country trip in my friends car and he has...

Your vehicle is equipped with a timing chain. There is no periodic maintenance schedule fr the timing chain.
If your spark plugs have never been changed, now might be a perfect opportunity to change them. Ensure that you properly gap the plugs before installation. You will find gap specs on the engine information tag/sticker under the hood.

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When should the timing belt be changed on my 2006 TDI?  The service manual says 144K.  I have 158K with an extended warranty to 160K.  Should I be getting ready to have the timing belt changed?

Yes...I'm surprised that they let it go that long...Most failures I've seen are around 80-90K!!! I wouldn't worry about it a lot, but get it changed soon!!

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Recommended replacement interval for timing belt on 98 Land Cruis

Ok, here's the deal:
An accessory belt (commonly referred to as a serpentine belt or a V belt depending on application) is rubber and drives your accessories like power steering, air conditioning, etc. These are usually cheap and can be seen and replaced easily.

The TIMING BELT is also rubber, however it's job is much more critical. Basically, it times the bottom part of the engine with the top part of the engine. It is NOT seen without having to take a few things apart. It is NOT for the novice mechanic. However it is also usually not that expensive for the belt either. It's the intensive labor that's the cost factor.

Your engine is an "interference" engine. Meaning that if that timing belt breaks, then valves will contact pistons. That means ka-boom and major $$$.

You will not not a performance difference until the belt breaks. At that time it will be too late. Valves will be bent, pistons may crack, heads may be damaged.

The mileage recommendation on getting the timing belt changed is just that: a recommendation. They can last a lot longer, and sometimes not so long. As long as the belt doesn't break, you're good.

Seeing as how you've gotten twice the normal mileage out of that once belt, then I'd count your blessings and get it changed. Do I think you can get it done for less then $1500? Yes, without a doubt. Just price shop with other mechanics.

So the only question is, does your truck have any other major problems. If it's like most Toyota's, then probably not, which means it'd be worthwhile getting the timing belt done. The engine should last a long, long, time yet. Plus it's an excellent selling point if you want to ever sell that vehicle.

If you have other problems, then just wait til the belt breaks, because it will eventually, that's just how it is. At that point you can replace the valves and repair the heads and possibly pistons, or get a new or used engine to put in.

The cool thing is that while they go in and replace the timing belt, they can do a lot of other things very very cheaply, or at least, they SHOULD. For instance, they can replace that serpentine accessory belt since they have to take it off anyway. The water pump is also sitting right there.

So just be sure to ask them these options. It'll be a lot cheaper to get them all done at once, rather than waiting until they go bad and having to make a 2nd trip. For instance, get the timing belt done, and THEN finding out a month later your water pump is going bad and that they could have replaced it then...

In summary, if you like the vehicle, just get the timing belt done if it's due. And shop around and get it done reasonably. It'll be way cheaper than the head work and/or a new motor.

Feb 10, 2009 | 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Water pump mx6

Buy a service manual, I just finished working on mine, it's a big job. You need to remove pass front wheel, plastic cover behind it, 2 belts of the pass side of the motor, motor mount, crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers, timing belt/tensioner, at this point you might be able to get to the water pump. Now get ready for the fun part of putting it all back on without making a mistake and destroying your engine. You can not get this done without a service manual. I know what I'm doing, and I probably could not do this without a book.

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I have a 92 Accord, and there are only 2 belts that he can be referring to, one is the drive belt, which spins (drives) the power steering pump, a/c compressor, water pump, etc. the other is probably the one he is referring to, that's the timing belt. Honda recommends it be changed every 90k miles. If this belt isn't changed every 90k, it may break, and the accord has what is called an 'interference-' engine. This means that if the belt breaks, the valves and the pistons will strike one another, causing extreme damage to the engine. Note that if it is time to change the timing belt, u should also change the water pump, as it is easy to do at this time, and will cost much more down the road if u have to change it later, paying someone to disassemble much of what was done to replace the belt. Let me know if u have any other questions, or if I didn't answer your question clearly.

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