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Timing belt tips and where to order?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by mattleegee, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Mar 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    mattleegee

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    I just picked up my Taco earlier this week and wanted to do a timing belt service along with water pump and check the tensioners.

    I found this:
    http://4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/timing_belt/

    Any more tips on this, specifically info on TDC... "special tools" or anything you can throw my way?

    Also where is a good place to get everything?
    I found eBay kits but i didnt see any full OEM kits.. mix and match or all cheap is what i found

    Should i just goto the dealer for parts? And anyone know the cost?

    Thanks in advance... just the new guy ready to get feet wet
     
  2. Mar 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    JimBeam

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    i had another guy here (tacomaman06) help me do mine a couple weeks ago...

    we needed the special snap-on tensioner tool and a tool he made to help loosen the crank bolt...

    i bought all the parts from a dealer online...a lot of folks here will tell you not to go to them because of a problem with 1 guy's truck being wrecked in their service yard...but ive ordered from them multiple times and had exemplary customer service, quick shipping, and decent prices (www.toyotapartsales.com)
     
  3. Mar 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM
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    steve o 77

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    That is a great link you have there, its the one I used when I did my timing belt.

    I got all the parts at my local NAPA store.

    You will need to make a tool to hold the crank pully while loostening the nut holding it on. It is basically a 4"x4" square of 1/2" steel (I welded 2 pieces of 1/4" steel together) with a large hole in the center to fit the 19 mm socket and 2 smaller holes for the drill bits.
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    The snapon tool they say you need is not necessary but you have to losten the ac compressor to reach the little tensioner thing on the tensioner pully. The tool would shave about 1 hour off the job im guessing.

    Also make sure and use Toyota OEM coolant at the end.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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    So does positioning on that 5" plate need to be any kind of placement? As in i can place those holes anywhere on the plate as long as they are in a row?

    Or is this just a 5" square with 3 holes in line (3/8 x 1 1/4 x 3/8) with a 3 1/4 distance between the two 3/8" holes .... with a handle on it?

    Any 3D pictures of this tool? (as in a real one)
     
  5. Mar 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    they can be anywhere on the plate really......as long as you leave room for the handle. mine was a tad off....the center hole wasnt totally centered and bent some steel rods we used on tigerfan's truck. easiest way to do it.....use a 19mm socket on a breaker bar and rest it against the frame and bump the starter to break the bolt loose. i've done it twice...once on my truck...once on tigerfans...no probs, and it broke free easily. you may need a puller to get the crank pulley to slide off tho. i used my cheap puller from harbor freight and it came off real easy.
     
  6. Mar 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM
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    Thats wierd. My pully slid right off. Also, I made the handle on my pully holder about 4 feet long so we were able to break that nut free pretty easily. with a breaker bar.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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    getting there....
    the pulleys are all different on everyone's truck....ours came off easy too, but im was saying what "may" be needed. the tool i made would have worked getting the crank bolt free...but again, as i said....my holes were a bit off, so i couldnt get a good bite. bumping the starter worked for me on both occasions.;)
     
  8. Mar 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Cool, that is a good idea. It saves some straining.
     
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    Thanks Janster... that is a great one
     
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    I would definitely go with a Toyota belt and seals. Everything else, water pump, thermostat, etc. get from napa...lifetime warranty.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2010 at 8:37 AM
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    Why? The gates belt from NAPA is just as good if not better than the toyota part.
     
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    x2.......i used a goodyear gatorback, no probs from it.
     
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