timing belt replacement
I just joined the site as it seems like you have a lot a good contributors. Great job here! I have looked around and in the DIY section as well, but hoping I can get a bit of guidance.
I have a 2000 v6 Xterra and a couple days ago it appears the water pump went out. Antifreeze everywhere and the car overheated like a champ! Given where the water pump is by the time I get to it to check I might as well replace half the parts on the front end!! lol
I have everything taken out to the main pulley on the bottom, 27 mm and want to make sure I get the rest right.
Here are my question if anyone can help out (thanks!):
1- I had to disconnect the trans cooler hoses from the rad. do I have to do anything special when putting this back?
2- The timing belt looks in good shape, but it appears that to replace the water pump I have to remove the lower pulley and upper pulley to get the bracket off to get to it? Is this correct?
3- If I am right about #2 then my biggest concern is making sure I get the pulley's and timing belt back on in the right way. Can someone give me the tips and tricks to doing this? The manual goes into a bunch of TDC alignment crap, but it would seem you could mark all this stuff ahead of time to avoid that.
4- Also if I have to take all this stuff off I plan to buy the timing belt kit, but am a little unsure about some of the pieces in it. like the spring and seals(crankshafts? I assume it will make more since once I pull the top pulleys off?)
Thanks guys!! I love my X !! it has 165000 miles on it and has never given my hardly any trouble, I doubt I will ever be able to part with it!!