I've been looking through all the existing threads on cambelt replacement for the 2 litre twin spark engine. I've found a lot of great advice - thanks all!! - but I'm trying to get a handle on the definitive requirements. I'm not just asking for a decent garage to do the job as the car is joint owned by myself and my brother in law, a professional mechanic. He'll be doing all the work and taking his time to get it right. Hopefully the thread will be useful for others too.
I guess "definitive" will be dependent on the age of the car and service history as there appear to be some differences between earlier and later engines... So below is a description of my specific car and what I understand from other threads needs doing. If anyone finds any mistakes in what I've written, please correct it.
Car: 51 plate 147 with 2.0 ts engine, covered 63,000 miles. As the engine is pre-2004, I guess tensioners are plastic not metal. Majority service history but no mention of any belt, pump, tensioner or bearing replacement.
So this is what I think needs to be replaced:
cam cover gasket
idler pulley - is this the same as the "idle bearing"?
balance shaft belt
balance shaft belt tensioner
alternator belt tensioner
A few questions about the above:
1) Some posts refer to "tensioners", others to "pulleys" and others to "bearings", are these the all same?
2) Which of the above tensioners/pulleys should be replaced with metal versions if the existing ones are plastic?
Other work which should be done at the same time:
cleaning the variator solenoid housing
OK, all corrections please! I'll duck for cover as you laugh at my lack of knowledge