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    Z16xe cambelt change

    Hi, My Z16xe SXI is coming up to 40k I can do all the filter replacements, oil plugs etc and I've already replaced the disks & pads. I, m hoping to do the cambelt myself as well. I've read the various theads on the subject, what puts me off is having to remove the crankshaft pulley is this really neccessary I would have thought it nearly impossible to get off! and do you have to use thead locking compound when fitting the pulleys and tentioner. thanks for any advice

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    TBH mate if u dont feel confident in doin the cambelt and are prepared to cut corners then maybe u shouldnt be attempting it.

    I know I wouldnt want to.

    Thats what independent garages are for

    Save ur self some money and get the parts yourself (cambelt kit & water pump) from Autovaux (Genuine GM parts at knockdown prices) www.autovaux.co.uk and have them fitted (labour only) at a local garage.

    Parts should come in at no more than 100notes with fitting at approx the same.

    Just a thought

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    thanks geordie bandit, I'm from S/land meself. I get what you're saying but i really wanted to know if it's possible to do yourself, it seems pretty straight forward apart from getting the crank pulley off if thats true. would really like a reply from someone who's done it
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    I think you need specialist tools to do it. Just isn't worth the risk when you could potentially knacker the engine
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    The only specialist tool you need is to lock the camshaft pulleys together
    But this job really shouldn't be done if your not semi experianced with mechanics, the damage that you can do if not done correctly is bloody expensive !!
    If your not sure, get it done by a garage, you'll get a warrenty with it too remember
    Damn site cheaper to get it done then to do it yourself and get it wrong !
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    anyone out there ever done this job? if not I'll probably end up putting the in.

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    I've done it on the 8v Vauxhalls as well as the earlier X16XEL, not sure what the differences are.

    I didn't use a cam locking tool, just lined up all the marks before and after. The crankshaft pully HAS to be removed, at least on the X16XEL, apart from it's high torque it's not a problem.
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    thanks for all your replies, I don't think I'll do it myself I think I'd have to see it done first. I'll get a couple of estimates to see what damage is likely to be.
    thanks again

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