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#1 james4563


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:02 AM

I had some issues yesterday with cambelt.

Just wondered what peoples experiences were. I replaced all pulleys and water pump ( put the pump with the notch pointing towards the notch in plastic cambelt casing ). But the belt just wouldn't go on.

In the end I had to fiddle it and get it on with the crankshaft out of position  and the turn the crank slightly to pull up all the slack between the exhaust cam and the crank, I had to do this with the tensioner pulley not fitted to the car, then I had to fit the tensioner while the belt was in place, put the bolt in and then tension it all.


With the tensioner pulley fitted to the car the belt just would not slide over. It was always either getting stuck between the tensioner and the water pump or the tensioner and the crankshaft. It just would not go on.


I tried starting from the crank and going over the cam pulleys last, but that didn't seem like it was going to work either.



Does this sound typical for Z20LET? All the timing marks are good now and it runs fine. Not driven it hard yet.


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:32 AM

I always fit the timing belt and then tighten the idler pulleys once it's on

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:54 AM

Weird, all the guides said to fit the tensioner with the bolt lose and then fit the belt.


I was getting so annoyed with it :D

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 02:31 PM

I found it a bit of a pig... needed to fit the belt, leave the inlet roller loose, then fit the tensioner, then tighten the inlet roller, then adjust the tension.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 03:03 PM

I fit the belt with the tensioner in place then tighten the tensioner.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:44 PM

I fit the inlet roller last , seemed to help 

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:09 PM

I had the same issue a few weeks ago when I replaced mine, found it easier to rotate the water pump as its of center until  the belts fitted then re - rotate the pump to correct position then set the belt tensioner. 

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