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Anybody Do the timing belt themselves

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Coming up on the timing belt service and was thinking about doing it myself. Did the one on my 04 TL which was not to bad, not allot of room to work on that side of the engine but got it done. I see the D needs a few special tools, and the kit looks like its a few $$, anybody have any luck with any of the less expensive tools. I may just bite the bullet and buy the kit if I'll end up saving some money my local dealership said 800.00 Parts and labor for the whole job, I have not priced out parts yet though. If you did the job how long did it take you looks like all data says just south of 4 hours?
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I started mine today too. I'm about 1.5 hours in. I chose not to remove the air hose from the turbo and instead just pull that back. Some of the connectors and hose clamps were weird and I didn't want to break them, so I just removed the air hose from the MAF and pulled out the box, still plenty of room. For the clip that goes into the top belt cover I just clipped the zip tie and left the fastener in the cover. Easier to just run a new zip tie. I also pulled out the inner fender panel out.

Tomorrow my plan is to get the radiator drained, support the motor, pull the mount and bottom cover, pull the crank pully, lock everything in with my timing kit and take the belt and pump off. Unless I really screw something up the whole process should only be about 4-5 hours.

So far it has been not frusterating at all, which is nice. Brad's and the other guys videos were nice because knowing what to take off before even trying is a lot easier than just starting and constantly being blocked by something as you are trying to figure it out for yourself. That is very frustrating.
im 4hrs in now (incl removing the oil filter deflector)

next step is drain and remove tbelt...
 

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I put a new tensioner and the new idler pulley on mine, but mine was not worn like that. It actually looked quite good and the bearing was still full of grease. I did notice the tensioner pulley had a small dab of red locktie on it. I'm not going to put that back on but I did put some blue on before torquing it. So far it seems the 3 waterpump bolts, the tensioner pulley bolt, and the 2 outside bolts on the lower cover are the only things with locktite.

Got the belt on today and tension set but only had about 2 hours to work on it so didn't get very far. Even with the cam lock, there was no way in hell I was loosening the cam sprocket bolt, so I had issues holding the belt in time on the crank and fitting it over everything. Finally stuffed some paper towel in to hold the belt from slipping down on the bottom and was able to finish getting it routed the tension set.

Tomorrow after the game I'm going to put the covers back on and finish the coolant flush. Will use 4 gallons of distilled water so hopefully that gets most of it out.
yeah i did new tensioner and idler

i went the 'no locking tool route' put marks on the block where the 3 gears were, crank never moved, fuel pump moved alot, cam gear backs off a tooth or so when you take the belt off

i stuffed a wedge down in the crank belt area to keep it on the gear while fumbling away up top

yeah there was red loctite on my tensioner bolt, i dont own red loctite cuz anytime i used it at work, always needed a torch to get things undone, so just used blue
 

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i had a heck of a time with the timing belt tensioner....the lil arrow wouldnt move, couldnt pry it

the angle i was goin at didnt match the video, removed it compared to old one, reinstalled and it magically got into position

putting everything back together was legit easy

will do again myself in 100k miles.
 

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I too had issues with getting the arrow up on the tensioner. I think if the bolt is too tight it won't move, then when you press up on it, the arrow doesn't move until the last second.

The document I have says book time on this job is 2.5 hours (not including the waterpump). I think it could be done if you knew exactly what to do and worked straight through without stopping to look at it and say "what the **** have I got myself into" like I did about a dozen times.
it was freaking me out....the tensioner itself was sliding, didnt look like was much more distance for it to slide before the pin would be free, i was just gonna measure how far it was over against the videos, then it worked....i did have the bolt looser that time
 
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