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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Re: Change of Cam/Drive Belts
Yes, I did!
You can do them easily... but there are a few minor problems.
1. When the belt is removed, use a wrench to ensure that the cam cogs don't rotate much. They will be sprung by the valve springs, so will want to rotate. This will cause the valves to hit the heads.
2. The tensioners are difficult to install as the spring locates in the block and it's a high tension one. There must be a trick to doing it, but it confused me for a while! Just take time and ensure that you have loads of space to see what you are doing.
3. After fitting the belts, tighten the tensioners, rotate the engine a good bit (in the correct direction) and loosen and re-tension the belts. The belt may jump a tooth if you don't do this. I was very lucky when it jumped... No damage done.
4. Remove the radiator!
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