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by John Mastriano
Justin Zimmer wrote: I wish I could work as quickly as you - it took me more than a few hours since I don't turn wrenches often, but everything went well. Your directions were right on the money every step of the way. As I removed the timing cover I noticed that the water pump was just starting to go, got it just in time. The best thing is that the car runs like it’s fresh off the lot - amazing what that sixth cylinder will do for you. It would have taken a lot longer than it did without your help - thanks again for everything.
I'd like to add a few more details to consider:
Other than that, the instructions were very helpful.
I also followed the instructions on replacing the timing belt. Like Tony Lewis, mine was off one tooth at the crank and would not start. Without removing the damper you have no way of seeing if all the marks line up.
It wasn’t easy getting the belt past the damper and I must have moved it without knowing. I had to tear the whole thing down again and this time remove the damper to fix the problem. My advice is to take the time to remove the flywheel balancer to make sure you’re right the first time, and to make it easier to get the old belt off and the new belt on.
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