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  • karjunkie 10/06/09 9:44 am PST

    I'd say 3-4 hours if you've never done the job before. I would change the water pump at the same time as you will be in there and it is recommended you do both at the same time. Be very careful to align the timing marks correctly or you can bend a valve

  • stephen987 10/07/09 3:56 pm PST

    I've changed alternators, water pump, etc. in several cars, but I won't do my own timing belt. The consequences of getting it wrong are too huge--you could bend a valve, or damage a piston.

    I'd rather pay a dealership a few hundred bucks to do it right than pay them a few thousand bucks to undo the damage caused by my own mistake.

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