timing belts

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timing belts

Post by Nlmman47 »

hte 1500 im working on has been sitting for a long time. got back up running, but notice some timing issues. i check the belts they was old and loose one cam was about a notch off. replace the belts back in time, but the question is the tensioners. how tight should the bolts be. should they be all the way tight or a little loose?

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Re: timing belts

Post by GD2 »

This thread is all about it - viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9774&hilit=timing+belts

And this video should show you pretty much everything.

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Re: timing belts

Post by Solo So Long »

The guy in the video does a lot of stuff that isn't really necessary. You might want to do these things the first time, but if you take your time and look at what you're trying to do, you will can time and effort. His video is aimed at the person who has pretty much no skill or experience working on engines, so following his example is the safest way to do it, but not the most efficient.

A couple of points:

First, this is a good time to change spark plugs.

Second, if not replacing the plugs, you don't need to take them out -- just slowly turn the crankshaft with your wrench until all of the marks are lined up then LEAVE IT ALONE for a while, so that the compression will bleed down. Go eat lunch or something. When you come back, IF the marks are still lined up, put your wrench on the crankshaft bolt again and GENTLY move it back and forth. IF YOU FEEL UNEQUAL PRESSURE going one way or the other, give it more time.

Third, remove BOTH belts at the same time, smoothly but rapidly, THROW the old belts somewhere out of reach and IMMEDIATELY put on both new belts. That means having the new belts out of the boxes and within reach BEFORE you start sliding the old belts off, and getting the old ones out of the way so that there is no possibility of mistaking them for the new ones and putting them back on.
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