Removing & Replacing The Timing Belt

(Information below provided by "Erik Aackerlund")

Timing Cover - Removal

  1. Raise and support vehicle.

  2.  Remove right front tire and wheel assembly and splash guard.

  3.  Lower Vehicle.

  4. Remove spark plugs and set number one cylinder at top dead center.

  5. Remove altenator and power steering belts.

  6. Remove oil dipstick.

  7. Remove water pump and crankshaft pulleys.

  8. Remove crankshaft damper and baffle.

  9. Remove upper, center and lower timing belt covers.

  10. Remove timing belt tension spring.

  11. Mark timing belt rotation direction.

  12. Loosen timing belt tension pulley.

  13.  Support engine with a suitable floorjack and remove right engine mount.

  14.  Remove timing belt.


  1. Ensure timing marks are properly positioned on camshafts and crankshaft. Tighten tension pulley with tension spring fully extended

  2. Install timing belt. Keep tension on the opposite side of the tensioner as tight as possible. If reusing old belt, ensure rotation mark on belt is correct.

  3. Loosen tension pulley retaining bolt to allow tension spring to tighten belt.

  4. Rotate engine two full turns. Check alignment of timing marks. If

  5. timing marks do not align repeat steps 1 thru 4.

  6. Tighten tension pulley retaining bolt and repeat step 5.

  7. Measure timing belt tension between camshaft pulleys. Belt deflection should be .33-.45 inch. If delfection is not within specification, replace tension spring.

  8. Reverse steps 1 through 9 of Removal Procedure to complete installation