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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You should be able to do it with commom hand tools. But it would be wise to purchase a repair manual like Haynes or Chiltons specific to your vehicle and read over the procedure before attempting it to see if you want to tackle the job yourself. Also keep in mind that if your vehicle jumped timing there's a possibility that you could have bent valves. The only way to know this is by either removing the head (last choice) or putting the new timing belt on and checking for compression or simply trying to start it. You will also need a floor jack to support the engine because you will have to remove the mount on the side your timing belt is on to replace it. So to do it yourself you will need: 1)a repair manual for reference and it will also show you how to line up your timing marks, 2) good set of hand tools, 3) floor jack and block of wood (to place on the jack to protect the oil pan while you use it to support the engine), 4) patience, especially if you've never done one before it also wouldn't hurt to have someone who has done a few timing belts to at least be handy if you need a second set of eyes or hands. Because if you get the timing wrong the car won't start and there's always the possibility of internal damage. Once you've replaced it and you try to start the car if it doesn't start double check your timing marks, if they're good, then do a compression check of each cylinder if you have low compression then you have no choice but to remove the cylinder head and have any damaged valves replaced. Hope that helps, gl.
Posted on Nov 20, 2009
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