Yamaha 60HP Outboard Timing Belt Replacement 

The timing belt on a Yamaha outboard should be changed every 3-4 years, especially if you haven’t inspected or replaced it on an older model. 

Like any other rubber piece, the timing belt will deteriorate and crack with age, which could result in serious engine damage if the camshaft stops and it bends the valves. A timing belt is not an expensive part, and it makes all the difference in the world to have one in good shape that can last for years.

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to replace the timing belt on a Yamaha 60HP outboard. Use our Yamaha T60 generator parts diagram for additional reference. 

Tools and Parts Needed - Yamaha 60HP Outboard Timing Belt Change

  • Impact driver
  • Yamaha puller or three-jaw puller
  • Ratchet and extensions
  • Soft-blow hammer
  • Breaker bar
  • Timing belt

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt change

Yamaha T60 Outboard Timing Belt Replacement

Step 1. Remove the cowling and disconnect the battery.

Step 2. Lift off the cover, which is held in by rubber grommets. Push up on it to release all four corners.

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt replacement

Step 3. Bring the engine around to top dead center (TDC) if it isn’t already.

Watch the clip below to see the finding TDC portion of our Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt replacement video. 

Step 4. Remove the flywheel bolt by using an impact driver to take off the 30mm nut at the top.

Yamaha T60 outboard timing belt change

Yamaha 60HP outboard motor timing belt change

NOTE: At this point you want to double-check that the engine is still at top dead center in case it moved out of TDC position. 

Step 5. Use a Yamaha puller tool or a three-jaw puller to loosen and remove the flywheel. 

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt change flywheel puller

NOTE: Before you lift off the flywheel, make sure you’re still at TDC.

Yamaha 60HP outboard motor timing belt replacement

Step 6. Remove the stator couplers, the pickup coil couplers, and the stator itself, which is held in place by three 8mm bolts.

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt change stator removal

Yamaha 60HP outboard engine timing belt change stator

Yamaha 60 timing belt replacement stator removal

NOTE: Notice the orientation where the stator came off. There's a little notch where the wiring passes through. Make sure you get it back in the same position when you reassemble everything.

Yamaha 60HP outboard motor timing belt replacement

Step 7. Remove the pulsar bracket for the stator using an impact Philips and a soft-blow hammer to break loose and remove the bolts that hold it down. Use a light counter rotation, and pop each bolt with the impact and the hammer.

Yamaha T60 outboard engine timing belt change

Yamaha 60HP timing belt change

NOTE: Don’t use a regular Phillips screwdriver, as you may end up stripping the heads. 

Watch the clip below to see the stator removal segment of our Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt replacement video. 

Step 9. Remove the two 10mm bolts holding the pipe, then set the pipe aside to give you more room to work. 

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt change disassembly

Yamaha T60 outboard timing belt replacement disassembly

Step 10. Remove the woodruff key, then loosen up the tensioner and push it to the most relaxed position. 

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt tensioner

Step 11. Recheck your timing marks one more time to make sure they’re aligned, then lift the old timing belt off.

Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt

Yamaha 60HP outboard motor timing belt removal

Step 12. Install the new timing belt, making sure the numbers are in the upright position, then release the tensioner on it.

Yamaha T60 outboard timing belt installation

All that’s left to do now is to put everything back together in reverse order of how you disassembled it and you’re done. 

Watch the clip below to see the reassembly portion of our Yamaha 60HP outboard timing belt replacement video

 
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