Timing belt preperation

Tom Mullane tmullane at snet.net
Thu Mar 13 15:07:38 EST 2003

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I disagree about the seal replacement.  I my case, I enjoy doing my own rep=
airs, part for the personal satisfaction, but also for the cost savings.  I=
 try to be proactive in my repairs because I cannot afford to be without my=
 car for any period of time.  Like most people, my time is at a preimum.  W=
hen I spend time doing work on my car, I need to balance "DFI if IAB" with =
the time involved to "GBI if IBS" (Go Back In if It Breaks Soon).  The pull=
 the front of the car apart is a substantial undertaking involving a sizabl=
e time commitment.  Once this project is undertaken, it is foolish not to r=
eplace all failure prone wear items, especially ones as cheap as oil seals.

Joe, do the idler, water pump, all belts and seals.  A couple more dollars =
now, but well worth it for the piece of mind.

91 200Q
91 CQ
99 A6Q

Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 10:21:08 -0800
Subject: Re: Timing belt preperation
From: Bernie Benz <b.benz at charter.net>
To: joe smith <mtnbikguy2002 at yahoo.com>
Cc: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at audifans.com>

> From: joe smith <mtnbikguy2002 at yahoo.com>
> Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 08:55:27 -0800 (PST)
> To: 200q20v <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: Timing belt preperation
> I'm going to be doing my T-belt in the next couple of
> weeks. I'm not the most mechanically inclined guy, but
> I'm not (arguably) an idiot. I've bought all the parts
> (belt, WP, cam and crank oil seals, idler pulley) and
> have access to the 2 special tools (crank holder and
> crank pulley wrench) and a cheater bar. My questions
> are:
> 1) Do I need any other special tools?
You may well need a HD impact wrench and socket to remove the crank bolt.
> 2) Should I change the oil seals if they are not
> seeping?
I wouldn't.  DFI if IAB!
> 3) I?ve heard that the key way on the cam and crank
> pulley could cause issues - any insight?
> 4) The only reason to remove the cam pulley is to
> change the oil seal (right?) - any tips on removing
> this?
It falls off when the center bolt is removed.
> 5) Any other tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
Keep track of TDC.  Loosen the crank and cam bolts before removing the TB
such that you do not loose relative timing between cams and crank.
The R&R is a real jig saw puzzle of trial and error as to what goes on first
and relative tightining order.

A pretty low mileage to be changing a TB, IMO, if WP and idler bearing are

> Thanks,
> Joe
> 91-200TQ sedan
> 101K


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