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Jack and block the front of the car.
Also remove the lower front right plastic engine splash guard (the one on the bottom, not inside the wheel well) for access. Step 2:
Gather together a few tools.
These tools are necessary. You may use others as you remove stuck hardware.
The spray bottle has Isospropyl alchohol (IPA) in it.
With air, IPA, and the flashlight I clean things up as I remove parts.
That way I can inspect them and find any problems right away.
With the rags and tape you can block the sparky holes and throttle body.
3/8" drive 17mm socket/extension/ratchet, 1/4" drive 10mm, socket/extension/ratchet,14mm socket and 1/4" handle-driver, 13/16" sparky socket, 10 & 12 mm wrenches Step 3:
Move everything out of the way.
Remove the aircleaner housing and the spark plugs (easier to turn the engine over). We'll get to the TB cover next
(This is my post-mod TB 1/2 cover, there are some pics of the process in my gallery)
In order to get the timing belt cover off easier, remove the water pump pulley. You can use the strap wrench later to hold the water pump while
backing off the bolts if the belt doesn't hold it.
To remove the accessory belt loosen the 3 attach bolts for the alternator
and rock it toward the front of the car.
You must also remove the crank pulley ( the big wheel at the bottom). I
used the ratchet combinations seen in toolset picture 2 to undo the four
10mm bolts holding the pulley on. The top "X" indicates where the top
half of the TB cover would normally be)
Here is a picture inventory of parts removed. As you can see I was also
changing the plug wires and dizzy at the time. Step4;
Now you have access to the timing belt. Loosen Number 1 and 2 bolts,
and slide the tensioner all the way toward the water pump and retighten
number 2 temporarily. Slide the timing belt off. Step 5:
Synchronize the crank and cam pulleys.
By using the 17mm socket/ratchet you can turn the crankshaft (clockwise) to the #1 TDC compression position. I used the threaded pipe
at the bottom of tool set picture 2 to check compression. It just threads right into the #1 sparky hole. Then you can use your finger as a
pressure gauge to feel for pressure as you turn the engine over.
If there is pressure as the crankshaft sprocket key approaches the mark on the block then you are on the compression stroke and TDC is when the key and the guide mark are together.
Use the same socket to turn the camshaft until the appropriate marks are lined up.
Once your engine looks like the diagram, slide the timing belt on, reset the tensioner the belt and tighten bolts 1 and 2. Step 6:
At this point I put the crank pulley back on with just two bolts and fired
her up for a few seconds just to make sure that the timing wasn't
When everything checks out you can remove the crank pulley,
install the the timing belt cover, reinstall and torque the crank pulley,
reinstall and torque the water pump pulley and reinstall the accessory belt.
Finally reinstall the air cleaner and sparkies.