[Vwdiesel] timing belt tension

Nate Wall natewall1 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 2 07:12:02 EDT 2003

The spanner for the tensioner is only about $20. Get
the real thing! Tighten the belt so you can just move
it a little towards and away from you when
pullin/pushing it on the cam or pump sprocket w/ your
fingeres. (Accross the pully)

--- Shawn Wright <swright at zuiko.sls.bc.ca> wrote:
> On 1 Jun 2003 at 21:21, Bradley Flubacher wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I don't have a timing belt tension meter, nor do I
> have the tensioner
> > tool.  I found that the belt was vibrating against
> the bottom belt cover
> > at certain rpms.  I retensioned the belt by hand,
> but it still vibrated
> > a little bit.  I wound up wedging a ratchet driver
> between the engine
> > mount and the tensioner to get it tight enough
> that it didn't vibrate
> > against the cover.
> >
> > Do you think I've got it too tight now?  Timing
> belt tension has always
> > been a PITA for me. Suggestions?  Do you folks own
> the tensioning tool?
> >  Do you own the tension meter?
> I don't own either, but after getting tired of using
> a pair of bent-nose needle
> nose pliers (ground down to fit in the tensioner
> holes), I made a tool out of
> a 10" long section of 1" SS pipe, flattened at one
> end, with two holes
> drilled in the flat end to accept bolts spaced to
> match the tensioner holes. I
> attached the bolts with nuts, then ground the ends
> of each to fit the holes.
> It works fairly well. I've always tightened them as
> much as I can manage
> with the tools I have, which seems about right I
> guess - I've never had any
> problems yet.--
> Shawn Wright
> http://Zuiko.sls.bc.ca/swright
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