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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 08:24 PM
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Thanks, Dave! The car is just about to hit 60,000 miles. I just removed the upper timing belt cover this afternoon to look around. The belt looked pretty good (though I could only see the top part), and I could also verify which tensioner design my car has. But man, just taking those bolts for the TB cover off was difficult...hopefully things will be a little easier with the other accessory belts and engine mount removed.

A few snags while I was poking around today: first, my friend drove over my engine cover and broke it into lots of pieces. Oops (totally my fault for leaving it in the wrong place). I assume I don't need to replace it? It looks pretty, but from what I've read, it's not critical.

Second, I have a coolant leak. I noticed last week that the coolant in the reservoir tank was below the "low" level. I topped it off to the "high" level, but today (after roughly 80 miles of driving) it's dropped back down about halfway between high and low. I'm not sure, but there might be a puddle below the engine (hard to tell because it rained last night and it might just be water). I'll have to poke around some more and see if I can see any leaks. Could that just be a failing water pump? I'll probably just go ahead and preemptively replace the water pump anyway while I'm doing the TB.

Thanks also for the info on the transmission fluid. It was changed somewhere around 30,000 to 35,000 miles, as I recall, but I'll do the next change myself (drain and refill).

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Oh, I fooled myself on the coolant level. I didn't realize it drops when the engine is cold and rises when it's hot. After driving today, I checked the level, and it was back up to high. I'm still not sure why it was so low when I checked it a week ago and then topped it off, but there doesn't appear to be an active leak. Perhaps it's been low since I last got the coolant changed--serves me right for not checking the level more closely!
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Well, I did most of my timing belt today. I have the TB all installed (with a new tensioner and idler), the covers are back on, the engine mount is back on, etc. However, I'm stuck at a pretty important step: re-torquing the crankshaft pulley bolt. How do you get 130 ft-lb of torque on there when the crankshaft just keeps turning as you try to tighten the bolt?

Someone in another thread mentioned sticking a pry bar into the transmission access hole to keep the flywheel from turning, though I believe that's for a manual transmission (I have an automatic). Can I do the same with the flexplate? If so, what exactly would I need to do? And more importantly, where the heck is the flexplate and how do I access it? I can't seem to find any info on it.

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Okay, figured out how to re-torque the crankshaft pulley bolt: I used the advice offered by multiple people elsewhere to stuff some rope down the #1 cylinder in the compression stroke (engine off, of course). As I rotated the crankshaft and the piston rose, it compressed the rope and stopped the crankshaft. I was then able to torque the crankshaft pulley bolt fully (hint: if you can't get it to 130 ft-lb using your hands, lie on the ground in front of your car, brace yourself, reach back under the bumper with your leg and press your foot against the torque wrench to get sufficient leverage).

I also had another problem, which thankfully turned out to be fairly minor. When I first started the car up after finishing the install, there was noise, smoke, and an electrical fire smell. I thought immediately that I had maybe damaged the engine. After a long time poking around, I decided to remove all the belts again to inspect the timing belt. When I went to remove the A/C tensioner pulley, I noticed it was completely shredded inside--lots of little pieces fell out all over the place. Either I installed it wrong, or it was ready to implode on its own. (I did notice that it was not rotating freely when I installed it, thought it was rotating when the engine was running...that was clearly the problem. Thankfully, it's winter, so I just left the A/C belt off and I'll re-install it when I get a new tensioner pulley later this week. When I put everything else back together and turned the car on again the second, no smells and no smoke! :-)

When I was out on the test drive, I noticed there's a whine when I go above 2000 RPM (rising with the RPMs), which I assume might be an overly tight timing belt tensioner (?). I'll try backing off the tension when I go to replace the A/C tensioner pulley. Otherwise everything seems good.
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