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Old 05-12-2010, 10:52 PM   #31
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Most belts fail because they get loose, which reduces the tooth engagement on the crank gear, which eventually strips/skips and gets it out of time or flaps so badly that it snaps. It wouldn't hurt at all to check the belt tensioner and see if it is out of adjustment. They have a neat little notch indicator so you can visually check the tension. Adjust if needed. And then you don't need to worry so much about it making it to the specified mileage.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:46 AM   #32
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i still don't understand why everyone loosens the cam gears....did it without loosening cam gears. belt was tough to get on, but it went on (removed the tensioner, got the belt over the intake cam, and then installed the tensioner), tensioned it up, and no codes....cam alignment tool was used from cfm as well. Just be sure to mark the crank and block with a chalk mark for double checking purposes after putting the belt back on.
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Well for me, my timing was off and I had to loosen the gears. Car wasn't starting.

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You loosen the cam gears because the original belt stretches over time, and the gears will be slightly out of alignment with the cam lobes. There's no reason not to loosen them.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:08 AM   #35
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i got mine right the first time and it only took me 4 1/2 hours to do it but i had a hoist and all the tools to get it done.when i was reading the how to it sounded like a bh but once i got working on it it wasnt that bad.the hardest part was getting it at tdc and alinging the cams.
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Just done mine - 113k. The belt was in good condition, of course there were signs of wear, but still. 120k sounded like a truthful claim.
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My timing belt runs up to the edge of my cam gears to the point it ever so slightly hangs off, is this ok? I installed new Idler and tensioner pulley also the belt was very tight to put on.
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You should be ok...I haven't heard of somebody's belt flying off unless their tensioner went bad.

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Thanks I have one more question I ran the motor today and it seemed slugish It may be off a tooth or something I have the tool to find tdc of the crank but I dont know where it goes in exactly? if any one has a pic that would be awsome but if not please be pacific thanks.
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front of the motor right behind exhaust manifold....right by the crankshaft position sensor...
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