Originally Posted by hkerekes
If it only has 2k miles on it that has to be an install error.... Who put it on?
Also if you mark each cam gear and the old belt before you take anything off, then mark the new belt with the same marks all you need to do is match up the marks on the new belt with the corresponding marks on the gears.
As long as you loosen the cam gears before the belt comes off it will work.
YMMV but i have used this method when replacing a few different belts.
If it was me...... there isnt much of that rear cover missing. Just throw a belt on it and call it a day.
The rear cover is trashed trust me, all of the mounting points are still attached to the front cover that is in about 4 pieces. I've used the method you're referring to on Hondas... A particular instance where apparently the previous owner didnt use enough antifreeze in the radiator and used mostly if not 100% water and the first night below freezing that I started my car you can imagine what happened to the water pump. Being that these are interference engines though and I'm having to remove the cam gears I'd rather play it safe, the entire engine only has 2k miles and its not worth the money I spent on it to have to do it all over again to save a couple hundred bucks. As far as the condition of the belt, I don't know if the timing cover snagged it as it was flying apart, or if something hit it after the timing cover came off (plastic underpinning is gone). I'm not happy about any of it obviously but I'm more glad that I was able to catch the damage before it was too late.