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    Question Timing belt change

    Iím want to change my timing belt on my Mk4 2.0 SRI and was wondering if:



    1.This can be quite easily at home (would be me and my old man doing it with trusty Haynes Bible)


    2. Do I need any special tools or equipment besides the usual timing gun and torx bits, spanners, sockets etc.

    3. Do I need any more parts than the ones listed below:
    Timing belt kit (includes 2 Rollers 52.5mm dia, 1 Tensioner & 1 Belt)

    Water pump + gasket
    New coolant obviously



    What should I be looking to pay for the above equipment?



    Any help/suggestions/comments will be much appreciated.


    Cheers!

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    you will need a tool to lock the cams in place the cost of that tool kit cost around £100 off the to of my head
    timing gun ?? whats that not used one of them for years
    as for the cam belt kit around £100 with a water pump

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    I've done this many a time without the need for special tools - just keep a close eye on all the timing marks and ensure they are not moved out out alignment between getting the old belt off and getting the new belt on.

    It's not a difficult job - just a bit exacting at times. Be patient, take your time and have faith in Haynes

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    ah cheers for all this info! Ffoeg, if you ever feel the urge to drive to west London and give me a hand then im not gonna stop ya! (wishful thinking....)

    as for the timing gun comment Danny, I was refering to the timing on my old Mk2 Astra....



    ....Phew! that stopped looking like I wasn;t sure if i needed it or not! :-P

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    Wow, can't remember the last time I used a timing gun - It was back in the days of the humble distributor

    I'll gladly give you a hand with the belt, mate..................






    ................if you pay my pertrol for the 700 mile round trip

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    ......hmmmm maybe i'll just have a crack on my own! :-D but thanks!

    I used to love doing the timing on my Dads old Mk2 Astra 1.3 Club as 12yr old, it eventually became my first car too! Great fun!

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    http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/s.nl/sc....A/id.16422/.f

    The draper camshaft locking tool in the link above should do the trick of locking the cams in place, can also get them in plastic/tough nylon alot cheaper at around £4-5.

    I have one of the plastic/tough nylon ones for my 1.6 16V and it is alot of help when changing the timing belt/ water pump etc.

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    Oh nice one! Thanks for that - ill be getting me one of those me thinks!

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    I have seen on a Calibra site that a colleague was looking at, that you can use a pair of mole grips to lock the camshafts together but don't know how effective it is and for the price of the correct tool it's probably worth buying it just to make life easier.

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