Car: 98 OBL 2.5L with 255K miles. My cam seal leak is now bad enough that I
have to do something. Dealer quoted me $575 including mandatory timing belt
replacement. Studying the Haynes manual makes me think I can do it for the
cost of the seals (timing belt is only about 30K miles old). There are a few
bits that are still unclear:
Is it better to raise the front end and work from underneath or work from
If I understand it correctly, with cyl. 1 at TDC the cams on the right side
will not move when the timing belt is removed, but the cams on the left side
will. Is this right? Can I prevent them from moving?
If I'm taking off the timing belt and cam sprocket, how do I keep the cam
from moving, or how do I make sure it is in the right position when
Do I need any special tools to do this job?
This looks like a job that should take me about a half-day, moving slowly as
it's the first time. Is that right? The dealer said they needed a half day
to do it.
What am I missing?
Of course while the cover is off I'll check the other seals and the oil pump
gasket and replace them as needed.