Yes, it is spring loaded, No the tension when you loosen the bolt the tension goes in the direction of the belt making it tighter.
No, you don't want to mark it. With the new belt it may make it to tight or to loose. Not all belts are exactly the same size and that it why a tensioner was put there.
As far as the Cam movement, it doesn't take as much to turn it as is does for the Crank. You can move it with your hands, It gets hard once it opens a Valve. If you move it around a little (Clock Wise or Counter Clockwise) it will not hurt anything.
Also, since you will be there already are you planning on replacing the Water Pump.
Here is one thing you can do.
Before putting it all back together. You can start the vehicle just Don't Run it more than 5 -10 seconds. Do make sure your radiator hoses are connected. And have someone start it for you while you watch the timing belt because it does have a tendency to walk off since the cover is not there to keep it in place.
And to be honest they can be a pain getting back on you will just have to work it.
Yes i'm planning on doing the water pump also. I do see a little oil on the bottom of the timing cover so I might possibly need a crankshaft seal too. Is the crank sprocket easy to get off? I figured i'd do as much as I can while i'm in there becuase i'm not tearing the shit down again lol because of something I didn't do.
Back on the tensioner subject do you usually change it? I know some people don't but I heard its recommended. When I put it back on and tighten the bolt after taking the bit out, it won't put a lot of tension on the belt right? I know the tension is critical on a belt.
Thanks again for the reply. Damn you guys are great lol.
Sunday, January 25th, 2009 AT 10:26 PM