How to Replace a Timing Belt on a 1988 Cadillac Eldorado

The timing belt is a crucial part of a car engine. A car may not work properly if a problem exists with the timing belt. Many people look at the engine and the transmission when a problem occurs. The timing belt is needed so the engine can run effectively and efficiently. If it fails, the only solution is to replace the belt. The replacement process is a little more tricky than replacing fan belts. Still, this can be done at home.

Tools Used: Ratchet, Socket set, New timing belt, Phillips-head screwdriver, Flat-head screwdriver

Replace Timing Belt

Timing belt removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable. Open the distributor cap, Place the cam sensor at the top dead center.

Loosen the bolt on the tensioner pulley with a socket and ratchet. Remove the drive belt.

Remove the timing belt cover using a socket and ratchet.

Loosen the bolt on the timing belt pulley with a socket and ratchet. Push the tensioner toward the spring to remove all of the tension from the belt. Tighten the bolt to keep the tension off of the timing belt. Remove the timing belt.

Timing belt installation

Replace the timing belt. Loosen the tensioner bolt with a socket and ratchet. Push the tensioner back into position. Tighten the bolt with a socket and ratchet.

Install the drive belt. Tighten the tensioner with a socket and ratchet.

Start the car. See whether the engine is working smoothly. When the timing belt is not in a good shape, it makes lots of noises.

Tips & Warnings

Replacing the timing belt earlier than recommended reduces the risk of timing belt failure. When the timing belt fails, it can harm your engine. Early replacement can save a lot of money.

Do not touch the engine while it is running.

Timing belts are made of rubber. Be careful while replacing the belt that you do not tear it.

Post a Comment