How to Replace Timing Belt Covers

When your car had accumulated more than 60,000 miles then chances are that your timing belt covers are already worn out or damaged. A damaged timing belt cover can be very disastrous as it can decrease the power of your car thus preventing you from starting your car properly. The symptoms of a worn out timing belt cover is that the car makes funny noises when starting up thus as soon as you hear this sign, check if your timing belt covers need to be replaced. Replacing timing belt cover is a difficult job to do. The fact is, it usually requires you to remove a lot of parts from your car so that you can reach the timing belt. Although this is a difficult task, it can be simplified if you follow these simple DIY instructions.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Working goggles
  • Car manual
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement timing belt covers
  • Industrial oil
  • Rag

Step 1 - Prepare your Car

Since the timing belt cover is hidden in the deep recesses of your car engine, it is important that you let it cool overnight first otherwise if you work with a hot engine, you will risk burning yourself. Once your car engine is already cool, disconnect the battery and make sure that you chock the wheels of your car. The location of the timing belt covers differ from one car to the other so be sure to check your car manual before you start removing the parts of your engine. To help you remove the obstructions, you can use a wrench and a screwdriver to remove all of the accessories that are attached to the timing belt cover. Make sure that you keep all of the parts that you have removed in a safe place since you will be putting them back in later.

Step 2 - Remove the Timing Belt Covers

Once you have removed the accessories that cover the timing belt, use a large wrench to remove the timing belt cover bolts. Keep the bolts in a secure place and remove the cover. Before you replace the old timing belt cover with a new one, check the tension bearings first and replace them if necessary. Moreover, check also for the seals and the crankshaft if they leak and replace them too if necessary. Once everything is satisfactory, replace the timing belt covers.

Step 3 - Check if the Timing Belt Cover is Securely Held in Place

As soon as you have replaced the timing belt covers, make sure that you check the fitting of the new one. Make sure that the belt covers are not too tight or too loose. Reinstall the other accessory pumps that you took earlier. Just put back the accessory parts in reverse order. Apply industrial oil to gaskets and bolts to improve the performance of your engine and to decrease the friction that will damage your engine later on. Reconnect the battery of your car and proceed to the next step.

Step 4 - Test your Car

Start your car engine and listen for any sounds. You should not hear any loud knocks after you have replaced the timing belt covers.