[V8] the new guy

Ed Kellock ekellock at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 15:48:51 PDT 2008

On the driver's side, you can remove the cover pretty easily.  I just did
this on my 94 a couple days ago.

It's not necessary, but it makes it a lot easier to move the electric fan
out of the way first.  To do this, just remove the 2 10mm bolts from the top
of the fan and it lifts out.  There are two tabs that fit into the fan
shroud at the bottom.  The cable to the fan should run up and over the
funnel thing that feeds the intake snorkel on that side.  You should be able
to just lift the fan out and lay it over to the side.  The cable to the fan
might be run through a keeper that clips into the funnel thing.

The timing belt cover itself has two round (quarter size) "nuts" that have a
hex hole in them.  Remove these two nuts and the cover should come out with
minor encouragement.  The timing belt and cam gear are right there and you
can see both front and back of the belt.  On the back side of it is where I
found the minor cracking.  The teeth on the belt should be nice and square.
If they're noticeably rounded or the back of the belt looks cracked,
weathered or otherwise old, then it might be an old belt.  


> -----Original Message-----
> From: v8-bounces at audifans.com 
> [mailto:v8-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Seamus O'Carey
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 2:54 PM
> To: V8 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [V8] the new guy
> How hard is it to remove the timing cover?  I'd like to at 
> least take a look at it.
> I know usually they don't last past a certain mileage, but it 
> doesn't mean that it somehow made it this long.  The 
> supercharger in my Corrado was only supposed to last about 
> 80-90k, but when I bought the car it had the original in it 
> at 180k.  The reason I'm concerned is it seems that this time 
> of "advanced maintenance" was never taken care of in this 
> car, considering the rear brakes had worn down to the point 
> of the caliper piston contacting the rotor.
> It's a cool car, but if I'm going to get attached to 
> something and spend too much money on it, I'd rather it was 
> grey and a 5spd!  =D
> On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:34 AM, Ed Kellock 
> <ekellock at gmail.com> wrote:
> > At the absolute minimum, you will double your investment doing the 
> > timing belt.  Does it need it?  If you don't know for sure, 
> then yes, 
> > IF you want to drive the car for a while without concern of 
> > catastrophic failure.  If you might decide that you would like to 
> > start with a better example and not make a significant  
> investment in 
> > this one, then you could assume reasonably that the timing belt has 
> > been done at least once because few if any would make past 
> say 85-90k 
> > w/o at least one timing belt replacement, whether it failed 
> previously 
> > or not.  If the current belt was installed at about the 60k 
> mark then 
> > it's time to do it again, but many last decently beyond 
> 60k. All the 
> > other issues mentioned sound treatable to make the car safe 
> and mostly 
> > reliable to drive.  Is this one to restore?  That's up to 
> you and your 
> > wallet.
> >
> > Ed
> >
> >
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