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Timing Belt Replacement - VG33ER

I'm fast approaching the 105k mark on my '01 Frontier SC CC 4x4, and I'm getting awfully anxious about changing the timing belt before something snaps on me.

Are these known for premature failures? What a horrible design to use a belt on an interference engine.

In any case, it has to be changed, is this an easy in-garage type fix? I do most all my own work, changing rotors, plugs, fluids, etc on this truck. I believe I have all the necessary tools. Is this something worth attempting?

Any links to this procedure or other information would be greatly appreciated!

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On my 94 VG30 the original T-belt shredded at about 170K on the interstate, needless to say I had to rebuild the heads.

Both the VG33 and VG30 use the same belt.

As far as changing a VG33 timing belt, it's requires more work than plugs or rotors. Plan on spending the better part of a day wrenching.

You'll save a !!!!!!TON!!!!!! of money doing it yourself successfully.

You'll have the world's larget paper weight if you don't get it right.

The process involves but is not limited to:
  • disconnecting most of the under-the-hood wiring
  • removing battery
  • removing distributor
  • draining/removing radiator
  • removing all drive belts
  • removing fan/shroud
  • removing coolant hoses
  • removing crank pulley/cam pulleys(will probably require a gear puller / loosening the crank pulley bolt can be a pain / torquing it back on can be a pain without a 2nd pair of hands / removal of the starter may be required to block the flywheel from moving in order to torque crank pulley bolt back on)
  • removing timing belt covers (top and bottom)
  • tensioning the new belt (requires a gauging tool)
  • achieving top dead center

Don't know if the SC will have anything in addition to the non-SC.

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oh goodie! I can hardly wait!!!! thank god I have a digital camera..... lots of pictures and labeling... good luck man... let me know how it goes.. I would do your water pump/ pullys/ hoses/ belts/tentioners all at the same time if I was you....also a good time to do the E-FAN mod...


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dont forget the supercharger and intake gaskets. the SC has a crush gasket.
and change your spk plugs while its apart.
ever done your sc oil? easy when its off to drain it!!!!

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Both the VG33 and VG30 use the same belt.
Well, kind of. The late VG30e had the round-tooth belt, but only for a couple years. VG30i engines and most of the VG30e had the square tooth belt which was only good for 60k.


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Well, kind of. The late VG30e had the round-tooth belt, but only for a couple years. VG30i engines and most of the VG30e had the square tooth belt which was only good for 60k.
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my VG30e is good 105k on the timing belt and I have an 94

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Ok let me get this straight if I change the timing belt in my 01 S/C I have to remove the stupid charger?? Wow Im starting to think I may have to pay someone to do this, and i had just convinced myself i can handle this project.
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i don't think for you s/c guys you have to take a s/c off, i seen an ASE tech at the yota dealer i wored at change a t-belt on a s/c frontier and he did not have the s/c off, though most of the front engine was removed and looked to be challenging the s/c does not need to come off unless you want to service the s/c as well.

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i don't think for you s/c guys you have to take a s/c off, i seen an ASE tech at the yota dealer i wored at change a t-belt on a s/c frontier and he did not have the s/c off, though most of the front engine was removed and looked to be challenging the s/c does not need to come off unless you want to service the s/c as well.
Correct. You have to remove the engine-driven accessories, pulleys, timing cover, etc. But the upper intake and SC can stay.

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