Once upon a time I decided to to a DIY timing belt change--I
mean--I can change brake pads with the best of 'em and you should see me do an
oil change; so how hard can it be to change the timing belt? Answer below.
How it happened
Room full of parts that should be on my car but aren't because I had to take them off (note: headers on the left hand side, they are hard to remove/install)
Box full of parts from Tracy. That's $700 bucks worth of every gasket, o-ring, crush washer, seal and hose required to put the heads back on
Labeled Ziploc bags full of bolts and stuff
Top of a head w/cams & rocker arms
Thermostat type thing in foreground, butterfly intake volume control in background
The secret of VTEC
The timing belt goes here (water pump pulley, adjusting pulley and crankshaft pulley)
The heads are on
Lots of bolts to torque down in sequence
Waiting for the intake
Abby's torquing down the intake while I have a beer--she did most of the engine work, I drank most of the beer.
Unbelievably, when I was finished with the project, there were
no bolts or parts left over and the car seems to run better than before.