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Old 05-19-2008
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Gonna replace timing belt, what else?

After school gets out, I am going to replace the timing belt. Also gonna change the water pump, plugs, thermostat, and oil pressure switch. I figure I got it apart, might as well replace stuff. Can you guys think of anything else?
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Make sure you follow the manual's directions on the timing belt ebcause if you get a tooth off in the timing, the power will be way down. Any more than a couple teeth off and it won't run. You should get a timing belt tensioner if you have one on your year and be sure to turn the engine over the normal operating direction a couple times before snugging that down so it can take up any slack in the belt. If you don't it can be too loose and slap the belt cover and sound just like knocking. It's important no to put too much tension on that belt though, or it will wear out the bearings. Also, get the high quality NAPA belt tensioner with the solid idler wheel instead of the cheap pressed-halves wheel sold by many other places. The pressed halves can fail quickly, resulting in instant belt tension loss. Good Luck!
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