How To Replace My Timing Belt?

A timing belt plays an important role in ensuring normal operation of your car’s engine. Thus, it is necessary to inspect this component often to ensure everything is working properly. Otherwise, a failure can result in serious problems to your vehicle.

After around 50,000 to 70,000 miles, it is recommended to replace the timing belt. You can bring your car to us at or you can perform this task on your own by following this simple guide.

What you’ll need:

  • A belt tension gauge
  • A tensioner pulley
  • A tensioner adjuster
  • A crankshaft wrench

How to remove the old timing belt

The first thing you need to do is disconnect the negative battery cable. Next, remove the hoses, belts, and other components to clear the cover. Check for any other accessories, wires, and sensors which might prevent you from loosening the timing belt.

Look for the timing marks on the crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, then carefully loosen the bolt. After that, slip off the belt and remove it from your car.

How to install a new timing belt

Once you have removed the old timing belt, it’s time to replace it with a new one. When purchasing, make sure you choose a unit with the same tooth configuration, length, and width.

First, you should locate the belt and follow the repair manual to set up the crankshaft pulley. Double-check to make sure that the marks on the crankshaft pulley or sprocket line up with those on the block. Otherwise, carefully rock it until these marks align.

Thread the new timing belt along the camshaft and apply pressure by adjusting the tensioner to the belt. By doing this, you can hold it in place. Then, install the belt tension properly as described in the repair manual. Reinstall any brackets, sensors, and the cover that you have removed before. Re-connect the negative battery cable and start the car to ensure it runs properly.

You have now completed the installation of a new timing belt.