Thursday, November 4, 2010

Toyota Tacoma timing belt replacement instructions - 5VZ-FE V6 motor

Since my truck is 10 years old (2001 Tacoma dc limited v6 4x4), I've wanted to do some maintenance on it.  It currently has about 106,000 miles on it.  I just installed new rims (Method Racing wheels) and tires (BFG Mud Terrains) on it at 103,000.  Just before I put the rims on, I found a ARE bed cap on Craigslist for $275 that matched my truck so I couldn't pass that up.  The truck looks pretty good and is running great.

I also found a TRD Supercharger on Craigslist for a good price and I installed that last week.  The install went relatively smooth and the truck performs rather well now.  I also ordered the URD 7th injector kit, URD crank pulley and a URD 2.2" supercharger pulley, but I haven't had the time to install that stuff yet.  I also have a Flex-a-Lite fan that I may install in place of the OE fan.  By reducing unnecessary power consumption, and reducing the rotational mass of the engine assembly we can fee up more power that can be used to propel the vehicle and increase the overall performance.

This weekend I'm going to attempt to change the timing belt, crank pulley, thermostat, water pump, etc.  I have some seemingly good instructions from others that have done the job, along with the factory service manual.
Here are the instructions I'll be using for the timing belt:

Fan install references:

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