2001 Kia Rio timing belt replacement

  • 2001 KIA RIO
Engine Mechanical problem
2001 Kia Rio 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

To replace the timing belt, Is it necessary to remove the engine oil pan? Or can I: impact off the harmonic balancer (containing accessory belt pulleys); support the the engine with a wooden cradle; remove the motor mount from the right fender/timing belt end of the engine; remove the plastic covers.

I have already purchased a timing belt and a kit containing springs, a tensioner, and an idler pulley for the new belt.

What else is beneficial to do with this procedure?
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Friday, January 1st, 2010 AT 3:33 PM

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1.Disconnect negative battery cable.


2.Loosen power steering lock bolts and nuts accordingly and remove tension from power steering (P/S) and/or air conditioning (A/C) compressor drive belt.
3.Remove P/S and/or A/C drive belt.
4.Loosen generator mounting bolts and adjusting bolt.
5.Remove generator bolts.
6.Remove water pump pulley.
7.Remove crankshaft pulley and timing belt guide plate.
8.Remove upper and lower timing belt covers.
9.Turn crankshaft so that timing mark on timing belt pulley is aligned with timing mark on engine.


10.Check that "l" mark on intake camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover and "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover. Notice : Do not move camshaft or crankshaft once timing marks have been correctly positioned.


11.Loosen tensioner pulley lock bolt.
12.Protect timing belt with a rag.
13.Remove tensioner pulley.
14.Remove timing belt. Notice: Mark the direction of timing belt rotation (on the timing belt) for proper reinstallation.

Notice: Never forcefully twist, turn inside out or bend timing belt. Do not allow oil or grease to come in contact with timing belt.

1.Replace timing belt if it is contaminated with oil or grease.
2.Check timing belt for uneven wear, fraying, peeling, cracking and hardening. Replace timing belt as necessary.


3.Bend timing belt into a "U" shape as shown in figure. Distance "A" must be at least 1.0 in (25 mm).


4.Inspect both idler pulley and tensioner pulley for uneven wear a rid smooth bearing operation.


5.Inspect camshaft pulleys and timing belt pulley for broken teeth or damage. Notice : Replace any component that shows damage, excessive wear, or that appears prone to a possible failure.

1.Install tensioner pulley. Notice : Replace tensioner spring whenever timing belt is replaced.


2.Pull tensioner pulley to its furthest point and tighten lock bolt.
3.Check that timing mark on timing belt pulley is aligned with timing mark on engine.


4.Check that "I" mark on intake camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover and "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley is aligned with mark on cylinder head cover. Notice : If existing timing belt is being reused, install belt in proper rotation direction marked prior to removal.
5.Install timing belt onto timing belt pulley first, then idler pulley, exhaust camshaft pulley, intake camshaft pulley, and tensioner pulley in that order.
6.Check that there is no looseness in belt between idler pulley and exhaust camshaft pulley or between intake and exhaust camshaft pulleys.
7.Loosen tensioner pulley lock bolt and allow tensioner spring to apply tension to timing belt. Notice: Do not add additional tension.
8.Tighten tensioner pulley lock bolt to specified torque. Tightening torque: 28 - 38 ft. lbs. (38 - 51 Nm, 3.9 - 5.2 kg-m)
9.Rotate crankshaft two full revolutions (clockwise only) and align timing mark on timing belt pulley with timing mark on engine block.
10.Check that "I" mark on intake camshaft pulley "E" mark on exhaust camshaft pulley are aligned with marks on cylinder head cover.
11.If they are not aligned, remove timing belt and start process from tensioner installation.
12.Measure timing belt deflection by applying moderate pressure midway between camshaft pulleys. If deflection is not correct, repeat from tensioner installation. Deflection pressure: 22 lb. (98 N, 10 kg) Deflection: 0.39 - 0.50 inch (11 - 13 mm)
13.Install lower and upper timing belt covers in that order. Tightening torque: 70 - 96 ft. lbs. (7.9 - 10.7 Nm, 0.8 - 1.1 kg-m)
14.Install timing belt guide plate and crankshaft pulley. Tightening torque: 9.0 - 12.6 ft. lbs. (12.3 - 17.2 Nm, 1.3 - 1.8 kg-m)
15.Install water pump pulley. Tightening torque: 9.0 - 12.6 ft. lbs. (12.3 - 17.2 Nm, 1.3-1.8 kg-m)


16.Install generator belt and adjust the tension.
17.Install P/S and/or A/C drive belt and adjust the tension.
18.Connect negative battery cable.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 AT 5:35 AM
Has anyone actual done this because the instructions don't say how to remove harmonic balancer
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 AT 8:44 PM

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