Installing the Water Pump and Timing Belt Components
1. Remove all the old gasket material. I *carefully* used a razor blade to do the job. Use new bolts to secure the water pump. Tighten to 14.8 lb-ft.
2. Install the timing tensioner pulley, if it was removed.
3. Install the idler pulley, if it was removed. Torque to 18 lb-ft.
4. In order to install the timing belt tensioner you have to compress the rod back inside the tensioner. Use a 6" c-clamp or a vise if you have it. Slowly compress the rod back into the tensioner, this can easily take 5 - 8 minutes. Insert a pin to hold the rod in place.
5. Install the timing belt tensioner. Do not forget to install the plastic bushing. Torque to 18 lb-ft.
6. Here comes the fun part. Install the timing belt by feeding it through the bottom opening. There is very little room so you will have to bend the belt to get it through the opening. After the belt is through, reinstall the crank sprocket cover.
7. Feed the belt over the idler pulley (make sure there is zero slack here) then over the right camshaft sprocket and then the left. Continue down to the water pump and finally slide it over the tensioner pulley. It's going to be tight so don't be afraid to use some force.
8. Once the belt is on and you verified that everything is in place and torqued correctly you can remove the pin from the tensioner. Rotate the engine a couple of times to make sure that all the timing marks are aligned correctly.
9. Install the top timing cover. Install the main cover. Secure the fuel line by installing the two brackets.
10. Install the serpentine belt tensioner. Torque the bolts to 18 lb-ft.
11. Put the serpentine belt back in.
12. If you changed the water pump, then fill up the reservoir with coolant. With the reservoir cap still removed start the car and let it get up to operating temperature by keeping the rpms around 2,000. Shut it off when coolant is close to pouring out. The air bubbles will begin to escape and you will have to fill the reservoir again. Repeat until the coolant level stabilizes.