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Just wondering how to change the timing belt properly on my 97 elantra? Other than the belt should i change anything else while im doin that? 92000 miles


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Do you have a timing light and do you know how to use one?


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You should change the water pump. It's a big pain in the ass to change too. Trust me I have done it too a Hyundai Excel if you are over 20 years old let a mechanic squeeze his hands in and take off engine mounts and that horse ****. It's cheaper for me, ie I make more in the time it takes to change it than it costs to pay a quality mechanic. Nothing about it is hard it's just time consuming and frustrating pulling it all apart and then bback together for a <$20 part. My 2cents


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If you have to ask... you might want to have a mechanic do it. It's a fairly involved progect that if done wrong could damage your engine.

I'd replace the water pump while I was in there as well.
 

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Thats kinda of what I was getting at.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/angel.gif width=25 height=20 border=0>

But if you insist on changing it yourself then the best advice I can give you is to get a Chiltons repair manual. It has step by step and lots of photos and diagrams. But I would still recomend having someone else do it for you if you have never done this before.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>


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If you do end up changing the belt yourself or have a dealer do it, make sure they replace the tension and idler pulleys. I did do mine myself, but it did help being a master tech at one time


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<img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>The timing belt on a '97 elantra is pretty easy to remove, but you'll have to get a pair of jackstands and br prepared to do a little yoga with your fingers, some of the parts in there are hard to get to, especially the P/S belt tensioner bolt and locking nut, after you're done with that you'll still have to think about how you'll get the water pump pulley out, and when the belt and cover assemblies are out you'll also have to move the cover mountings and maybe even the alternator mounting. Although the water pump is not difficult to remove It's better to let a mechanic handle the job because mistiming your engine can cause your valves to hit the pistons and you know what that means!COMPLETE TEARDOWN AND OVERHAUL!MUHUHAHAHA!


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