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Well the Metro died last week. It just stopped running while driving out on the road. The engine will still turn over but no spark. Checked the coil and distributer and they were found to be ok checking resistance. Turned the motor over with the distributer cap off and it was not turning. Yep timing belt. To get at the timing belt I removed the skirt from the right side front fenderwell. Next disconnected the AC and alternator/water pump belt. Then the water pump pulley and crank pulley. Then I removed the timing belt cover and I found that the timing belt was not broke but some of the teeth were missing. I will follow up with the install on another post after I get a new belt.

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Before work started pic

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fenderwell cover that needed to be removed

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stripped teeth on timing belt

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timing belt cover off



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Got the new timing belt on. Metro is running great again. Rounded off one of the alternator mounting bolts. Had to take the whole alternator off and drill it off in the press. This timing belt was change was a lot easier than the 1998 Ford Ranger I did a couple of weeks back. See pics for details below.

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drilling out the seized bolt

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Lining up the timing marks


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