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Old 06-04-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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My pretty new BLUE timing belt!!

Well I put on my Gates Blue timing belt. Looks pretty to me. Took me a while due to the rain we've had here and I having to go back to work. I used nothing but Gates products with this. I ordered the timing belt off ebay. Everything else I got from Rockauto.com. Let me say they are AWESOME. I highly recommend them. Cheap NAME BRAND parts. Super Fast shipping. I got the tensioner & idler pulley and water pump for 50 bucks!! Any way ya'll don't look at the showroom for stories, you do it for the pics!!


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The old belt, also upon inspection once removed I could see hair line cracks all the way around it. Also it was REALLY loose and stretched out.



The old VERY stubborn water pump. It was frozen to the housing so much so that I made the water pump housing leak while trying to pry it off. Needless to say the housing had to come off to be resealed with a new gasket.



The stubborn water pump. Oh and folks it's good practice change pump out when doing the timing belt.



The old vs. new water pump



And everybody likes looking at cams!! Stockers but still cool looking! Oh also if you notice the header wrap falling off. That's after 4-5yrs and also is the reason to spray them with the header wrap spray stuff so they don't rot.



ahh the brightness lol I had more but they failed to load but here are some crappy close ups of the finished job

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The new


Here is the old valve cover I took off. Planning on a repaint.



Here is a pic of the new "old" valve cover. A little engine degreaser, a toothbrush and some patience pays off





Close ups, also as you can see the belt will get wear lines where the pulleys ride. Also it is super hard to keep that thing clean during install









Here is the all important vid

http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...t=DSCN5575.flv


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Old 06-04-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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Looks cool.
Nice pics!
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:53 AM   #3
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I wish my engine looked that clean!
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:09 AM   #4
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nice work paul.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:25 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, everything that got taken off got the good ole' toothbrush and engine degreaser treatment. I did think about painting the parts silver. I really wish I had a little sand blaster booth lol.

And my bay is not that clean lol

I do have to say though the black valve cover, gray plug wires, and blue belt kinda of flow good together. Way better than the old painted one. I do plan on painting that one yellow maybe.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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Looks good!

Can a loose belt cause you to lose power?
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:37 AM   #7
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Of course lol. Though it feels like it need the cam gears dyno tunes again. It feels WAY smoother now. The idle is wonderful, not that it was bad before but it was rough before the ECU tune, but had a slight miss I could never figure out. Now the miss is gone and she idles smooth. Same with driving just smooth. Feels stock again lol. All that's left is to dyno tune the cam gears and get some new numbers.
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i say yes to a yellow vc, its gonna look sick. but great job on the replacement, im kinda wondering if i have to the same seeing my car is slowing creeping to 100k anytime soon
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I'm at 161k mi right now lol, the motor on the other hand probably has 120k-100k mi by the looks of the belt.
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engine bay looks amazingly clean... very nice... im not sure my car's engine bay was that clean when i got it from the dealer..lol...
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