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Replaced the broken timing belt on our 03. Runs better than ever now. Thankfully it barfed the timing belt at a 🚦. With my work schedule it took me a week to pull it apart and 9 hours to put it back together. Finding tdc with a screw driver on cyl 1 was exciting. I would have to say gates timing belts are the way to go. Next on the project list is replacing the valve cover gasket. I dearly dislike removing plenums but it will have to be done
 

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Replaced the broken timing belt on our 03. Runs better than ever now. Thankfully it barfed the timing belt at a 🚦. With my work schedule it took me a week to pull it apart and 9 hours to put it back together. Finding tdc with a screw driver on cyl 1 was exciting. I would have to say gates timing belts are the way to go. Next on the project list is replacing the valve cover gasket. I dearly dislike removing plenums but it will have to be done
I got my timing belt and component kit from rockauto today. I got the gates. Plan to do it all next saturday. But one question. Why did you have an issue finding Tdc? Were you not able to line it up with the marks on the cover behind the cam sprockets? Then you should he able to pull the distributor cap off and be sure its point at the #1 spark plug, right?
 

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I got my timing belt and component kit from rockauto today. I got the gates. Plan to do it all next saturday. But one question. Why did you have an issue finding Tdc? Were you not able to line it up with the marks on the cover behind the cam sprockets? Then you should he able to pull the distributor cap off and be sure its point at the #1 spark plug, right?
the belt was broken. I could line the cams up with the marks. However there was no mark for the crank . only the mark on the crank sproket itself had a marking nothing on engine block had the mark. Had to do it the hard way. Having the gates timing belt helped alot being that it had timing marks printed on it
 

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the belt was broken. I could line the cams up with the marks. However there was no mark for the crank . only the mark on the crank sproket itself had a marking nothing on engine block had the mark. Had to do it the hard way. Having the gates timing belt helped alot being that it had timing marks printed on it
Okay. I gotcha. So I shouldn't have those issues replacing mine. I'm pretty excited to hear in to it. It's my first time ever doing a job like this on my own. But I'm pretty confident. And I'm gonna try to have a mechanic watch over me if I can work it out
 

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. This was stupid helpfull with installing the belt and holding it in place. Other members may have better advice than this but it worked awesome for me
 

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. This was stupid helpfull with installing the belt and holding it in place. Other members may have better advice than this but it worked awesome for me
Haha I've actually watched both parts of that twice now. And will have it on hand when doing the job
 

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This may sound stupid, but I really got into "high-riders" stuff recently, so I decide to make some leveling not only for XTerra, but also for my Silverado. Looks really...impressive, lol. What do you think about this action? Won't it affect to the duration of my car-using-experience? Or, maybe, stuff like it is not so good idea for an SUV.
 

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Well. I took the dive and replaced my timing belt and water pump. And let me just be straight forward. It was a b**ch. But I got it done and so far seems to be okay. Working out a couple kinks, but I think itll work out. Definitely going to take a break from working on it after this one.
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