Join Date: Nov 2004
Drives: 08 Sportage, 87 Mazda RX-7
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- 10, 12, 14, 21 mm sockets / wrench
- 17 mm deep socket
- breaker bar
- phillips screwdriver
- 2 regular jacks
- 6 pack budlight or smirnoff
1- jack up the car and remove left tire.
2- remove two platic retainers in the cover under the fog light hole, purpose of this is to provide enough room for the fender cover to move around.
3- cover underneath the left fender to access the crank pulley. remove two plastic retainers using the phillips screwdriver, remove 3 10mm bolts that attach the cover to the crossmember (radiator support).
4- remove both alternator and power steering belts.
7- put second jack under the engine and jack it up until you can see the engine moving upwards just a couple millimeters (too much might damage the motor mounts).
8- remove left motor mount (the one by the belts) using 17mm deep socket. It will give you better access to the bolts in the timing belt cover.
5- remove timing belt cover. (6 10mm bolts)
6- with the 21mm socket at the crank pulley give the engine two full turns and align all the timing marks (small arrows pointing downwards you'll find three markings, 2 in the valve cover above the cam gears, and one one the block above the crank) TIP: I like to give the engine the two full turns, verify that everything is fine and then give it an aprox. 1/4 turn more, until i feel there is no resistance in the cam gears, then mark with a chalk stick, makes it so much easier to put the new belt on.
6- remove crank pulley
8- loosen timing belt tensioner (14mm bolt, left pulley)
that should cover everything, replacement is the inverse, should take you about 2 hours.
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87 Mazda RX-7
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