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This arrived from Amazon yesterday evening.
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Only 99.86$ delivered the next day. Of course the belt is not marked with the timing marks. At this price point, it was expected. Everything spins like I would expect it to. I'm gonna start taking all the parts off today to get to the timing belt. I have watched a lot of videos here and elsewhere and think I am ready.

My one question: the seals.
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I think these are camshaft and crank seals? Is there any trick to removing the old and installing the new?

The instructions that came with the kit were somewhat lacking:
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Just recently did my front mains as well. I highly reccomend this Lisle seal puller tool to help remove the shaft seals without gouging the mating surfaces: More Information for LISLE 58430

I was also a bit worried about not driving the seals in totally true and having leaks once reassembled, so I ordered a shaft seal driver kit which worked perfectly. But others have used just a socket and a block of wood although you may need to modify a socket to fit around the crank. Thefe are a few options but the one I ordered was from Alibaba. Search "Automotive Crankshaft & camshaft seal remover and installer kit"

Good luck man, you got this!
 

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So far, no problems. I cranked and cranked on the crank to get the timing marks to line up and they are each one tooth behind, but they line up so I can use that to mark the new belt.

Thanks Sno!
 

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my thread should help. SOHC Timing belt, water pump, radiator, gaskets, coolant job
Get some binder clips to hold the belt on in place.
Also I noticed when I did mine the first time, the timing marks were not at all in the right place. The guy who did the job before me didn't use them, And if you know what you are doing, you don't need to use them either. But they do indeed help after rotating the engine over.
 

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Not the right water pump. I should have noticed from the beginning but was too excited. There is a lesson in there .....
 

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Don't worry about he marks not being on the belt. More people get confused by those marks, and many belts didn't used to come with them (and they DONT line up every time you spin the crank anyway). Dennis
 

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SUCCESS!!!! Sort of....
I used the tensioner, idler pulley, cam and crank seals, and timing belt from the kit. I had to buy a different water pump and I reused the tension pulley because the one in the kit was also not exactly the same as factory. It was clearly leaking coolant at the water pump and oil at all three seals. The new timing belt was really difficult, but I got it. Now the coolant is still leaking somewhere else. I keep reading about these water pipes with o rings under the intake. That might be my next adventure.
Thanks for all the advice!
 
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