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Timing Belt Questions for 97 legacy GT


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#1 RedRum

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 10:27 AM

My 97 GT is at 180K and I last did the timing belt at 90K. I can't remember what I spent last time but maybe people can help...first, how much have people paid for this in a similar car? I am trying to decide if I should have it done or do it myself. Also, what do people recommend changing while I am doing the belt? Lastly, how difficult a job is it? I have done simple stuff like brake pads and rotors and stuff like that but have yet to attack the engine compartment. Should I try to learn or leave it to a professional?
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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:00 PM

Red,

I did my first timing belt job 5 months ago in the course of doing my first head gasket job. I suggest doing it yourself for several reasons. One, to save money. two, I learned a lot. Three, it's very satisfying to repair your car successfully. OTOH, it's very humbling when you don't.

While you are in there, it is suggested to pull the oil pump, replacing the O-ring and tightening the screws on the back. Consider replacing the water pump and any idlers or pulleys that are suspect.

There is a wealth of information on TBs on this message board. Do a search. I would not have been able to do the job without reading previous threads, and without the help of the kind and able people who hang around here.

Tom




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