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I have to put a new timing belt on my 88 n/a. It was off when i bought the car, and i am trying to figure out the best way to install it without removing the engine. the car is in a parking lot so I will be using jacks and such to install it. I have the haynes manual but that is it. any help is appreciated.

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just follow what the haynes recommends, that's what I used, I just replaced my T belt yesterday but it was a lot easier cuz my motor is not in my car yet.....Just to let you know it seems more intimidating then it actually is
 

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The hardest part is the lack of room to work, otherwise it is very straight forward.
 

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Patience is important the first time you change the timing belt. There have been several threads recently regarding removal of the crankshaft bolt, setting the engine to top dead center and timing marks that might be useful.

You may want to replace the timing belt tensioner with the timing belt:
http://www.pbase.com/aw11mr2/image/38983192

Many people recommend that you replace the waterpump if there is a lot of mileage on the car.
 

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Basically you can leave the motor in but you will need to support the motor with wood blocks under the oilpan and a jack under that as you will need to drop the pass side engine mount. Hit me up on IM again and I can go into detail.
 

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replacing the timing belt tensioner? does it really matter?
 

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rino said:
replacing the timing belt tensioner? does it really matter?
Kind'a like replacing the throwout bearing when you do a clutch. Necessary?? Probably not - at least right now; but it saves several hours' labor from not having to do it when it fails.

Do you replace just one spark plug - and that only when it starts missing? I didn't think so. ;)
 

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To give you an idea of what you're up against, here's the link to my waterpump writeup. Removing the t-belt just requires removing the crank pulley and the passenger side engine mount. You don't have to remove the water pump unless you want to replace it for PM.

http://www.padandwheels.com/mr2/waterpump/waterpump.html
 

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ITA-MR2 said:
Kind'a like replacing the throwout bearing when you do a clutch. Necessary?? Probably not - at least right now; but it saves several hours' labor from not having to do it when it fails.

Do you replace just one spark plug - and that only when it starts missing? I didn't think so. ;)
Well I know it's good to change the tensioner if it's hydraulic but I never really heard of anyone changing one that's spring loaded. The reason i'm asking is because my new 4agze has skipped a tooth on the timing belt once while driving on the freeway. A similar situation happened again this past weekend where I lost all power on the freeway hoping it's just the timing belt again. This time around if I find that's it's the belt i'm changing out the tensioner too. (sorry for the hijack)
 

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Funny, it looks just like a Honda tensioner, if it matches up, it would sure be alot cheaper. I'd try 93 del sol d16z6
 
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