So basically it went down like this, I was half-planning to do the timing belt on the car, since the mileage was at just about double the service interval on it, but I was going to take care of some other shenanigans first. Then I was driving up the hill and the car started to overheat pretty badly with zero heat coming through the heater vents in the car, so I figured the water pump was gone out. As the water pump is driven off the timing belt, it gave me the extra push to tackle both jobs.
I read some guides online but in honesty I modified quite a few steps to save me some time and to make the whole setup work a lot quicker. So here's my rendition.
If you car still has a decorative engine cover you should pull that off, mine doesn't.
First, jack the car up and pull the passenger side wheel off.
Next, pull the cover located in the passenger footwell to give you access to the crank pulley. It is held in by two bolts.
Then rotate the crank pulley until you line up the timing marks on the pulley and lower timing belt cover.
Use a 3/8 ratchet without a socket to push the serpentine belt tensioner down out of the way and remove the brand new serpentine belt.
Remove the brand new tensioner you just installed by removing the two bolts either side of it.
Now, if you have a floor jack you would use it, with a block of wood, to gently lift the engine by the oil pan just a touch until you take the load off the right motor mount. In my case, I stacked some construction left overs under the oil pan then lowered the scissor jack holding the car up and placed the motor on the stack.
Remove the 2 bolts and 2 nuts holding the right motor mount bracket. If the bracket isn't loose you can play with your jack up/down until you get the load just barely off the mount and the bracket should come right off easy peasy.
Have a look at your motor mount. Mine is torn right open with probably less than half the rubber still holding on. Add motor mount to your list of parts to order. I attempted to buy it at the local parts place but they wanted over $200 for it, with online sources coming in around $70-90 shipped. So I'll wait for the online one.
Now with the bracket out of the way you can go ahead and unbolt the power steering pump. The guide I was following wanted me to completely remove the power steering lines and pump completely, which quite frankly, is luda. All the "forum people" told tales of woe and "make sure you have plenty of rags on hand because no matter how you do it it will be super messy. Rookies.
Just unhook your sensor lead and undo your ziptie and use a strap to hold the pump up and out of the way. Don't unhook any lines, don't lose any fluid, stay clean.
At this point the bulb burnt out of my task light so I had to resort to using only my overhead garage lights, and unfortunately, the way I had the car parked the hood was blocking those lights from being very useful, so I was working by flashlight, apologies for the gloomy pics.
With the power steering pump out of the way you can go ahead and remove the upper timing belt cover. There are 7 bolts to remove, 3 into each cylinder head and one right in the middle between the banks. The middle one is long, the others are all short.
With the cover off, have a look at your timing marks. If your cam sprockets are not aligned with the timing marks on the head, you will need to rotate the crank exactly 360 degrees to line them up.
Of note, when you remove the upper cover, make sure you check and see that all the little rubber gaskets came with it. I failed to notice and later found these 2 pieces just laying on the lower cover. Luckily I picked them up before they got lost and put them back into their grooves in the upper cover where they belong.
Have a look at that timing belt. I'd say it's safe to assume that the belt was never replaced at the first service interval and has successfully done a double stint. Yikes.
At this point I needed an impact gun to remove the crank pulley bolt and I didn't have one so I packed it in for the night.
I would love to see the tool chest you have available for all this work....
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