Question about 1989 Toyota MR2

1 Answer

Timing belt broke

Do i have to drop the motor in my 89 mr2 to change the timing belt

Posted by dahotdog on

  • dahotdog Aug 06, 2008

    do i have to drop the motor to replace timing belt on my 89 mr2



1 Answer


  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.

  • Master
  • 1,056 Answers

No, you can do it in the car, it just makes it a lot easier to do if you drop the motor out.
Space is at a premium in the motor bay, so you have to go through some pretty tight gymnastics if you do leave it in there.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How to change timing belt on 1987 mr2

Loosen motor mount and use a jacck to lift up the engine a bit. Remove timing belt cover.After you remove the valve cover gasket, place a file or something in the grooves at the end of the cams to stop them from turning and loosing timing. remove timing belt and slip new belt on.

you can go to autozone dot com and register for free, the login, choose vehicle year make model, then choose to view your free online repair manual for your car.

Jun 09, 2012 | 1987 Toyota MR2

1 Answer

Tiburon timing belt broke, replaced, won't start

Did you make sure you set cam & crank timing ? If the belt is off one tooth it will cause this. Recheck belt timing first.

May 22, 2012 | Hyundai Motor 2000 Tiburon

1 Answer

92 mr2 very hard to start when it starts and rev it up it starts smuttering itself and back firing

Sounds much like a slipped timing belt or one with a tooth or two missing. Since your engine is not an interference type, damage isn't awaiting you as with many other cars but if the belt has more than 60000 miles on it, it's time to change it.
Timing belt installation on many cars is pretty complicated as far as access is concerned so you might want to get a quote from a dealer. If you want to DIY, check MR2 forums and you'll probably find help there.

Jan 31, 2011 | 1992 Toyota MR2

1 Answer

Changed timing belt on 1987 MR2 and now will not start.

seems like u did not align the cogs properly before fitting the belt.
if that is so then stopo trying to start the car until the belt is replaced after aligning the pulleys.

Mar 18, 2010 | 1987 Toyota MR2

2 Answers

91 MR2 with 107 orig. miles has no compression on

if you remove the spark plug in the effected cylinder and allpy air slowly at first to let piston move if you hear air out the exhaust it a exhaust vaulve or if out intake it a intake vaulve

Nov 12, 2009 | 1991 Toyota MR2

1 Answer

1987 MR2 won't run after changing motor

It Could be A Number of things, Start by Checking for Vacuum Leaks at Intake manifold, Work your way OUT from there to the Various Vacuum LINES . Check FUEL DELIVERY Such as PRESSURE< FUEL FILTER, Fuel pressure REGULATOR All this Needs Checked

Feb 13, 2009 | 1987 Toyota MR2

1 Answer

Timing belt tensioner broke

The only issue is if the valves were bent as this is an interference motor. There is no scheduled replacement of the tensioner. I would have the motor pressure tested before replacing the tensioner to make sure nothing else was affected when the tensioner broke.

Jan 28, 2009 | 2001 Volvo S60

1 Answer

How do I change belt for alternator

It is slighly hard if it is your first time. It is mostly just time consuming.
Here is a free manual for your car. Just copy and paste in your browser:

Jan 19, 2009 | 1991 Toyota MR2

2 Answers

1996 vw polo, won't/can't engage 5th gear.

Trans needs to be rebuilt. Or just not use 5th

Dec 12, 2008 | 1995 Volkswagen Golf

2 Answers

89 mr2

Are you sure its no spark? It could also be a bad fuel pump... have you done a check for spark? If you pull one of the plugs out and lay it on the engine block and turn the car over a few times you don't see spark, or it just doesn't fire when it cranks?

I suggest you perform this test. If you see spark I can almost guarnatee that its a fuel pump issue.

Try this test if the one above passes. Pull off the intake hose (big thick hose attached to the throttle body) and spray in some starting fluid. If it cranks and tries to run but then dies, that suggests that there is no fuel getting to the motor which is usually a bad fuel pump as relays and fuses usually don't burn out on their own. These two tests should narrow it down pretty significantly. Hope this helps! Good Luck!

Aug 17, 2008 | 1989 Toyota MR2

Not finding what you are looking for?
1989 Toyota MR2 Logo

Related Topics:

170 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toyota Experts


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22485 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8984 Answers

Are you a Toyota Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides