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    Help - which belt is which?!!

    Hi guys,

    I could use some advice! I've just bought an 1999 Astra 1.8 16v petrol Auto and have noticed a potential problem!

    When looking towards the car from the front, which belt is the one on the left hand side (ie. drivers side of the car)? The belt is not covered and I've noticed that one of the wheels that the belt passes around (2nd wheel down at the back of the engine) is rattling a bit. I'm hoping it's not the cambelt (if it's not the cambelt - where is the cambelt?)!

    How bit a problem and I looking at, and is the car ok to drive to a garage (ie. what happens if the belt jumps off or snaps)?

    Sorry for all the questions! Any advice would be much appreciated. I don't want to turn up at a garage and get ripped off!

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    The cam belt is under a cover on the LHS of the engine, when looking at it from the fronbt of the car.

    What pully is loose?, Alternator, Air con, tensioner or the very bottom one (crank)??

    If the belt snap's then you'll have no power steering, and your battery will run down and eventually die, don't know of anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisC View Post
    The cam belt is under a cover on the LHS of the engine, when looking at it from the fronbt of the car.

    What pully is loose?, Alternator, Air con, tensioner or the very bottom one (crank)??

    If the belt snap's then you'll have no power steering, and your battery will run down and eventually die, don't know of anything else.
    Is the cambelt on the same side as this belt then? The belt that I can see is also on the LHS of the engine (looking at it from front of the car). How do I know which pully is which?

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    And one other thing!... how easy is it to adjust the pullys?

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    the cam belt is attached to the engine and the ancillery belt goes around the alt if its the one that goes around the alt then the problems will be as above if its the one that is next to the engine and has teeth on it if that snaps your in deep shit it cud basicly kill the engine by pushing all the valves into the pistons

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    It may be the tensioner on the aux belt, get it tightened or you could seize the pistons due to the water not cooling the block
    97' OMEGA GLS 2000 - 98' ASTRA 1.7TD low blow estate rolling coal

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    Quote Originally Posted by frostbite View Post
    It may be the tensioner on the aux belt, get it tightened or you could seize the pistons due to the water not cooling the block
    How would that happen? I though the water pump is driven off the cam belt?

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    No you are correct, I was thinking of the aux or serpentine belt in general but yes in vauxhall's the cam belt runs the water pump
    97' OMEGA GLS 2000 - 98' ASTRA 1.7TD low blow estate rolling coal

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    An auxilliary belt tensioner can be had for approx £45
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vauxhall-Rolle...QQcmdZViewItem

    I thought I needed one myself but i took it off and checked it over, replaced it and tightened it up and its been fine ever since.

    If u do get a new belt u may as well treat the car to a new belt whilst ur at it...should only cost about a tenner or thereabouts.

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