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    Thread: Changing the timing belt: DIY or head to the shop?

    1. Member teejers's Avatar
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      08-30-2012 10:49 PM #1
      thoughts? I know that I can physically do it but I am worried about any special tools or anything of that nature. I have a limited space and limited amount of tools to work with. I know that the cost at a shop will be rather high but I am worried that the difficulty level may be beyond my means. Thoughts?
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      08-31-2012 01:44 AM #2
      If you aren't an experienced mechanic, I would head to the shop. This is a critical part of the engine and it needs to be serviced properly. If you pay any more than $600 you're getting ripped off.
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      08-31-2012 03:34 AM #3
      If you find a thorough DIY you can save much $$$. I paid for it all totaling $800+/- I think if memory is correct. But watched the service and it doesn't look too complicated. Just carefully get the cam pulley teeth checked and aligned properly for the two cams so that all goes back together as it was to begin with.
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