Finally got around to doing my timing belt yesterday. Things actually went pretty smoothly. It took me all day but that was me not rushing and wanting it all done right.
I did spill a lot of coolant when i took out the water pump. I didn't think there would be as much as there was since i have drained from both the oil cooler and the lower radiator hose, but oh well, it was in my garage and i cleaned it up pretty fast with my "shop" beach towels
I also found out that the culprit of the squeaky pulley was my alternator, so i used some electrical cleaner on it and now she's all quiet! Hopefully that's not a sign of it going bad though...
Shout out to DBC Performance for getting my kit out to me promptly after the first one apparently got lost by FedEx.
Next up: Valve cleaning!
So things may not be all that good...although she is idling fine and seems to run alright something feels off, like it's running a little slow (i.e. she doesnt seem to accelerate as fast). How would I be able to tell if my timing is off? like by a tooth or two? Because i may not have gotten it in exactly the right one...
and if that is the case, what is the best way to fix it? Other than trial and error...
...So since it sounds fine and runs realtively smooth do you think i am alright? It might just be all in my mind since something usually goes wrong when working on this car...
The problem is when i marked both the camshaft and crankshaft pulleys i hadnt moved it to cylinder position 1....so when i took off the belt i think the top pully (camshaft) had a bit of tension so i think it moved a little bit, because my whiteout marks were a tiny bit off, so i had a frien move it back as close as possilbe with a wrench to where it looked right, then i put on the belt....i know i know, i messed up, but if i did it can only be off by a tooth or two right? since it is running pretty quiet and smooth. Also, is the cylinder position 1 mark on the camshaft pully an indent on the pulley? like a line? and is that what is supposed to line up with the arrow? And if i am already off how am i supposed to line it up right now that i am already off? cause if i get that to line up then my bottom (crankshaft pulley) will be off...i hope all of that made sense
argghh, i always seem to eff something up, even when i think its going well!!
I am off by a tooth or two...i pulled a code that said crank/camshaft position blah blah and i freakin drove with it like that for about 70 miles (to and from work)...i think i know which way to go, but in my 3 hours of attempting to get it fixed i broked the allen key part of not just my new timing belt tensioner, but the old one too!!!
So now i have no car, work tomorrow at 6am, and a lab exam at 7pm... eff my life.
Mine looked just like that
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