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Old 06-07-2005, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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timing belt = loose?

hey, is the timing belt supposed to be a tiny bit loose?

i have upgraded cams (crower stage 2) and im guessing maybe my autotensioner failed? i have the manual tensioner but it didnt get installed because the tech said something about needing a new water pump or different size belt?

anyway when i move the timing belt, it moves about 1 inch while my car is off and cold, is this normal? or is this a sign that my auto tensioner failed? it seems pretty lose but ive never handled a timing belt before so what do i know.

i was driving on the interstate and my car shut off (i was at ~ 4krpm) and wouldnt start since. checked all obvious things, everything is fine, and today i noticed my timing belt thing but dunno if thats normal.
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No the timing belt should not have any slack in it. It is definitly loose if there is any noticable slack in it and I'm sure the autotensioner is the cause. They notoriously fail when used with aftermarket cams (unless it is something mild like Crower stage 1).

These threads are like the Manual Tensioner Conversion bibles:
http://www.preludeonline.com/showthread.php?t=167503
H23 Manual Tensioner Parts

You don't need a different size belt, same old H22 belt will do. When installing the TB with the manual tensioner the belt is a little tighter than with the autotensioner. You will have to stretch the belt a tiny bit to get it to go on the cam gears. But once it's on you will see how snug and tight everything is. You don't need a different water pump either, but it is a good idea to replace the water pump "while you are in there". I bought a new OEM pump online for $70-80.

Get that conversion done ASAP before anything bad happens.
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Old 06-07-2005, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^ it sounds like something bad already happened...



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i was driving on the interstate and my car shut off (i was at ~ 4krpm) and wouldnt start since. checked all obvious things, everything is fine, and today i noticed my timing belt thing but dunno if thats normal.


Did the engine just shut down, or did it make any "dying noises?"
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it just shut down. I had to cruise into the right shoulder with hazards to avoid a crash.

i guess im crossing my fingers now and hoping no damage was done.

at first i thought it was the battery so i tried a few times to start it, i hope i dindt cause any extra damage.
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