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Old 08-09-2007, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 1996 Esteem - Timing Belt Change

Has anyone attemtped this on their own? I've done timing belts in the past on my other used cars, but I don't actually have the Shop manual for the Esteem yet.

I spoke to a nice parts guy at a local Suzuki dealer, and he told me the 5 different parts and part numbers typically replaced during the timing belt service... and the price for the Stealership to perform it:
$650 !!!

I can probably buy the parts myself for around $200.

Can anyone give me some advice on this undertaking?
Thanks.

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Old 08-09-2007, 03:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check this link. I THINK it's your engine. Compare to confirm.

http://home.comcast.net/~lj_robins/9.../tb_index.html
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WOW! Yeah, that looks like my engine. Thanks

I'll have to really set aside an entire weekend for this job.
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I'll have to really set aside an entire weekend for this job.
OH yeah....
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Yes that is the link to my website, it took me approx 9+ hours to complete the job which included stopping to take pictures, lunch break, etc. OMG I was sore by the time I was done!

How did it go for you Dthondatune ?
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I did my own on my 98. Having never done a timming belt befor. It's an easy task with this advise. You must support your motor with blocks. Best to support it in a couple of places. Don't place supports directly on oil pan gasket lip. This will cause a leak later b/c you are crushing the gasket. Also I'm not sure why you need all those parts. I reused everything except the rubber belts. (X3) no a/c The whole job cost me about 110 bucks and an afternoon. Good luck.
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its about a 5 hour job man. not difficult. plus you can download the service manual in pdf format at Free download Suzuki Vitara Service Manual: Volume 1 Service Manual SQ416, SQ420. SQ625.pdf Free Ebooks Download @ OnlineFreeeBooks.net
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Download free Suzuki Vitara Engine Manual: Volume 2 Service Manual SQ416, SQ420, SQ625.pdf Free Ebooks Download @ OnlineFreeeBooks.net
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The links you posted are for the Vitara, this forum is for the Esteem / Belano, they are NOT the same car.
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