[V8] Timing Belt Saga

Kneale Brownson kneale at coslink.net
Tue Sep 6 17:03:11 EDT 2005

I did a timing belt on my 4kq with all that crap in front in place, and
then I did my 200q20v with a wide open front end and it was so much easier
to see/manipulate stuff that I figured I'd go at it that way.  I find
replacing the serpentine belt on a V8 to be a struggle.  I just can't
imagine my weak, old, fat body with short, hefty arms, being able to do the
entire TB project comfortably without removing the core support.

I DID manage finally to get that mess past the flanges on the ends of the
frame rails.  I took the oil cooler and A/C condenser loose from the
radiator and let those hang, and that allowed me to yank the rest past the
flanges.  I'd have pulled the radiator, but there are the tranny oil lines

So, anyway, the front of the engine is more or less exposed now.  Not as
neat and nice as on the 200, but workable for me and my trifocal glasses.

At 03:59 PM 9/6/2005 -0400, cobram at juno.com wrote:
>Kneale, I must have missed something, exactly WHY are you removing all
>this stuff that has nothing to do with the Timing Belt job??  
>God's a kid with an ant farm, lady. He's not planning anything.
>Kneale Brownson <kneale at coslink.net> writes:
>> Guess I might as well start a new timing belt problems thread since 
>> the
>> bumper cover finally came off.  I have the core support and all its
>> ancillary parts disconnected but I can't "pull the front off the car 
>> and
>> lay it under" as described in the KB.  The stuff on either side of 
>> the
>> radiator runs into the inside flange (the one for the one stud/nut 
>> that was
>> my hangup on the bumper cover removal) on the end of the frame 
>> rails.
>> There's what looks to be a notch in that stuff to accomodate the 
>> flange,
>> but the fender attachment arms of the core support run into the 
>> fender
>> before I can hoist the assembly high enough to clear the flanges.  
>> What a
>> PITA this process is.

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