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#1 (permalink) Old 09-11-2004, 03:52 PM
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I'm thinking that it's about time I did the timing belt thing... I've done just about everything else... All I need to know is how hard it is some tips from you guys who have done it already... yourself... I'd like to not have to take it to the shop... I can't afford the 1 million dollars that it'll cost!!

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well, i haven't installed mine yet, but i've torn apart the top half of the engine, and taken out the timing belt. next week my new timing belt and other fun stuff should arrive, so i'll install it then.

to be perfectly honest, it was the easiest timing belt/tensioner i've ever taken off. just be sure that your timing marks are lined up before removing the belt. make sure both timing marks are lined up, they only line up every two rotations, not every one.
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couldnt have said it better myself...and be sure to have the Bentley Manual handy...it helps a lot...

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It takes me on average 2.5 hours to do one if the engine is clean and the engine is cool.

My mechanic skill is slightly above average due to being an aircraft mechanic thou.
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2.5 hours? it took me about 45 minutes to pop the old one off
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2.5 hours? it took me about 45 minutes to pop the old one off
Off and on? Refilling the coolant system and bleeding it? doing a water pump and tensioner also. If so great, props too you. You should do them for a living. Me well I'll take my time that way I know I haven't missed anything and leaves me time to inspect other things while I'm poking around in there.
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my goal was not arrogance, i apologize if i came across that way. no, as stated it took me about 45 minutes to take the old one off as well as pulling the water pump, alternator, thermostat, front water pipe, radiator, and intake system from the filter to the throttle body.

i do not advocate rushing anything, i was just implying that this is a very easy job.
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I agree with you taking stuff apart is 90% of the time quite easy. Putting together takes slightly more time.
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Thanks... I'm going to tackle it in the very near future... I appreciate your input!!

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well duh, you need to be alot more precise when you put it back on, when you take it off you arent worrying about being precise :P i kno im capt. obvious


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I agree with you taking stuff apart is 90% of the time quite easy. Putting together takes slightly more time.
i don't think i agree with that comment. the only part of the job that requires care is lining up the timing marks, and you only have 2 to worry about, not 3 or 4 or more like other cars. on top of that the gears don't move very easily, so its hard to screw that up. other than the 2 minutes it takes to install the new belt, and refilling the coolant everything else is easier on reinstallation.

you won't find an easier timing belt to change.
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Originally posted by draculia+Sep 15 2004, 08:10 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (draculia @ Sep 15 2004, 08:10 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-M-technik-3@Sep 13 2004, 12:29 AM
I agree with you taking stuff apart is 90% of the time quite easy. Putting together takes slightly more time.
i don't think i agree with that comment. the only part of the job that requires care is lining up the timing marks, and you only have 2 to worry about, not 3 or 4 or more like other cars. on top of that the gears don't move very easily, so its hard to screw that up. other than the 2 minutes it takes to install the new belt, and refilling the coolant everything else is easier on reinstallation.

you won't find an easier timing belt to change. [/b][/quote]
its a BMW...i saw take your time and be precise and not race hah...

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what does "its a bmw" supposed to mean? it is extremely hard to screw up the timing belt on this engine. there is only one thing to take your time with, and that should only take 2 minutes if that. a difficult timing belt job looks like this, keep in mind that with the engine installed there is only an inch or so of clearance in some spots, and you'll spend most of the time in the wheel well. there are 6 timing marks to line up, and all of them but the crank like to move on you. there are 3 tensioners, and 2 belts to worry about. i'm not trying to rag on anyone here, you're all cool in my book, but a monkey could change the m20 belt.
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what does "its a bmw" supposed to mean?
It Means just that...its a BMW take your time do things right...clean everything replace everything remotely questionable and make 100% sure its done PERFECT...dont rush..ITS A BMW NOT A HONDA...BMW's last forever beacause the owners tend to treat them like over protective parents take care of their children...better to fx and replace everything while you have it out not just the belt pump and tensioner...

I never said it was difficult just be extra tedious...thats what BMW's are about

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excellant pic BTW thanks but that is a twin cam motor...what motor is that?

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