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Old 03-31-2013, 11:05 AM   #39
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I got the timing belt Wednesday. Friday was a holiday so I spent 5 hours taking the engine apart and trying to figure out the timing components.

Saturday I got an M10 bolt that's long enough for the crank to hit when turned and a flat bar that will slide in the cam groves. I loosened off the cam gears and put on the timing belt. Slid the timing bar into position on the cams put the cams in the position for perfect timing, having previously put the crank into position against my timing bolt. I torqued the cam bolts to 50 ft-lbs using a wrench on the cam to loosen and tighten the bolts.

I put it all back together and spent a frigging hour in the dark putting the stupid drive belt on the wrong way, three times.

I finally get the car ready to start and "v-v-v-v-v-v-v-v-v-v-v" Sounds like a drill again. I swear, if the new timing belt teeth are gone again I'm blowing up the damn thing!

...maybe not.

I'm getting really irritated with this car cause my gf is 9 months pregnant and it's hard to drive a woman in labour to the hospital if the car won't start!

I'm going to take the covers off and see if it's my torque wrench that needs calibrating.
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