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Old 06-12-2018, 05:15 AM   #41
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If you decide to do this timing belt job yourself...be extremely careful NOT to drop the front cover. That aluminum sucker, after twenty plus years of being heated up, and cooling off...will shatter like frickin' GLASS if you drop it from more than foot off the ground. When I do a front cover job, I actually lay an old blanket or towels beneath the engine, and on the ground in front of the hood. I dropped a front cover once from three feet up. Broke right in half.

And when tightening the bolts on it...don't get any idea of 'just a little more to make sure' when torquing. You'll crack the bolt hole areas every damn time. You're better off going a pound or two LIGHTER than factory and then checking for leaks. Good gasket, good sealer works wonders here. Better to rely on that, then any overtightening. Those front covers are really brittle, especially as they get older.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:42 AM   #42
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I think the v6 has either a plastic or steel timing cover, not like the aluminum covers the 4 bangers have.

It can be a real pain in the ass to get the marks lined up 100%, or if you do they jump ever so slightly once you pull the pin on the tensioner and turn it over. Just enough to put you off by a tooth or two. Then you either have to start over or put up with it being off a tooth. On a lot of them the tension on the cam from the valve springs means the cam won't voluntarily stay at TDC after you take the belt off. Some engines have a threaded hole in the head behind the cam gear, the idea is that you can thread a bolt in there and it'll keep the cam from springing back on you. I haven't actually done a VG timing belt but I've done them on other engines and yeah, it can be a real pain in the ass.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:41 AM   #43
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If you decide to do this timing belt job yourself...be extremely careful NOT to drop the front cover. That aluminum sucker, after twenty plus years of being heated up, and cooling off...will shatter like frickin' GLASS if you drop it from more than foot off the ground. When I do a front cover job, I actually lay an old blanket or towels beneath the engine, and on the ground in front of the hood. I dropped a front cover once from three feet up. Broke right in half.

And when tightening the bolts on it...don't get any idea of 'just a little more to make sure' when torquing. You'll crack the bolt hole areas every damn time. You're better off going a pound or two LIGHTER than factory and then checking for leaks. Good gasket, good sealer works wonders here. Better to rely on that, then any overtightening. Those front covers are really brittle, especially as they get older.



If I'm being completely honest the more I hear about doing the timing belt the more I lean towards have someone else to do it. I'm not the most mechanically inclined person, i don't really trust myself to do a big task like that.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:01 AM   #44
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Haha! Deerhurst is my tag there too. Got fed up with morons and deleted the app a few weeks back. I've posted the truck a few times there. I always enjoy when the guy with the cherry Toyota and Datsun post his trucks!


As far as timing belts I run Gates belts only. Might as well do the water pump while in there too. Don't forget the tensioner.



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Old 06-12-2018, 01:04 PM   #45
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