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Offline thetoxicduck

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Changing the Timing Belt
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:29:52 pm »
Hi all,

Coming up this year is a new timing belt for our Abarth. The question is how easy is this to do yourself? If it's tricky, which dealers/garages do people recommend to do the job?

It seems prudent to change all the auxiliary belts and the water pump while doing the timing belt as well.

From what I've been reading a special tool is required to lock the cams which seems to be rather expensive. Are there any workshop manuals out there for this job?

Thanks guys!
Nic
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
2004 Smart Roadster
1983 Ford Capri

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    Offline shadyracer

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    Re: Changing the Timing Belt
    « Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 10:02:12 pm »
    Hi, timing belt replacement as a diy job not too difficult but wouldnt recommend doing it without timing tools, consisting of crank and cam locking tools and piston position reference plunger tools. I bought a specialist locking kit for mine only because I'm a former car mechanic and knew i would keep hold of my car since purchasing  it from new nearly 10 years ago.
    Just fitted 2nd timing belt kit and water pump last month as well as new drivebelt and tensioner.
    Car at 59k miles, so age was main reason belts were changed in this instance, not mileage.
    I got my info from a friendly garage regarding procedure for the job, not aware of workshop manual for abarth specifically. :thumb:

    Offline thetoxicduck

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    Re: Changing the Timing Belt
    « Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 10:18:05 pm »
    That's my thought on it so far. Are these the correct tools for locking the can/crank?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/181077041083

    Been reading through this guide and it seems pretty straight forward:
    https://www.abarthworkshop.co.uk/Abarth_500_cam_belt_replacement.shtml

    Any other tips on top of that? :)
    Cheers!
    2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
    2004 Smart Roadster
    1983 Ford Capri

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    Re: Changing the Timing Belt
    « Reply #3 on: January 06, 2020, 11:13:48 pm »
    Yes , thats the locking set I have too. The how to guide is correct but it doesnt  properly describe tensioner setting, this has to be positioned to line up with marks on its body and then tension applied before tightening nut. Then, tools removed to allow for two full turns of the engine clockwise before refitting tools to make sure everything aligned and correctly tensioned.
    There is also a dowel on crank toothed pulley which is your only timing mark as such and must be opposite crank sensor but as in 9 oclock and 3 oclock line up position before belt removal. Id also recommend you have correct pliers to remove and let you reuse all pipe clips, just be careful with vacuum piping and any electrical connectors such as ignition coils, these are vulnerable to damage as is inlet manifold where airbox fits onto peg on manifold near battery, lift straight up so as not to break peg and grease peg afterwards.
    Good luck if you do decide to diy

    Offline thetoxicduck

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    Re: Changing the Timing Belt
    « Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 07:58:08 am »
    Big thanks! Definitely made the tensioning step clearer.  :thumb:
    2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180
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    1983 Ford Capri

     

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