What Tools Do You Need to Replace the Timing Belt in a Vehicle?

Tools needed to replace a timing belt in a vehicle vary among different models and include combination wrenches, a torque wrench, screwdrivers and a socket set. A jack, jack stands, a drain pan are handy in the replacement as well. A harmonic balancer installer, pulley puller and serpentine belt tool may also be necessary.

Required materials include a replacement timing belt, timing belt cover gasket set, timing light, bolts and belt tension gauge. To replace a timing belt, first set the parking brake, unplug the battery, and hoist the vehicle. Pull out the spark plug. Drain the cooling system. Pry off the cooling fan and plastic coverings from under and front end of the engine, and detach all cooling rubber hoses.

Pry out the radiator, drive belts, rotor, water pump pulley and upper timing belt cover. Use a socket to rotate the crankshaft pulley to the right until the first piston is at top dead center. Unbolt the crankshaft pulley, and remove the pulley and vibration damper. Take off the cover of the lower timing belt, unbolt the tensioner and belt cover, remove the tensioner spring, and pry off the belt.

Set the engine to top dead center, and mount a new timing belt and tensioner while aligning the timing marks. Adjust the tension of the new belt according to the tension specifications. Confirm the timing marks positions before replacing all the removed parts. Reconnect the battery, start the engine, and test the project.