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> 240 Timing Belt Replacement
post Nov 14 2008, 08:21 AM
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88' 240 wagon needs timing belt replacement. I'm fairly comfortable working on this car but have never attempted timing belt. Does this require any special tools? And how do I get the timing marks to align before I remove the belt so I won't mess up the timing? Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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post Nov 14 2008, 10:37 AM
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There are marks on the sprockets-DO look up the correct alignment of them, It may vary across motors. No valve damage to a B230F if you get it wrong. U will need to set the crank, the cam and the distributor, then fit the belt carefully. I found it easiest to fit the cam sprocket last, and just work it over the sprocket, levering the tension roller, pushing and feeding the belt slowly with a LARGE flat bladed screwdriver. Check your tensioner for wear, as it will prob need replacing. Taking all the other belts off is harder than changing the cam belt IMO.
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post Nov 14 2008, 11:04 AM
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Both IPD and FCP Groton sell a crank pulley counterhold tool.
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post Nov 14 2008, 07:59 PM
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Here is a link with some good pics

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post Nov 14 2008, 10:33 PM
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It's very easy to do if you have impacts and know what you're doing. I've got a belt seals job down to 45mins if there's no surprises, but I've done it pleanty.

If you're gonna do the belt, you've got to do the seals too. You'll need to buy or borrow the two different sized seal tools. Doing a belt without doing seals is just stupid. Very cheap and you're already there. Plus any oil will kill your new belt. Use pleanty of carb cleaner to remove the crud from covers, front of the block, and seal valleys, and brake cleaner to clean off the carb cleaner. Take a screwdriver and a shop rag into the seal valleys before putting the new seals in and remove all the gunk. then follow that with a good bath of brake clean. Look everywhere for oil and gunk. Get it very clean everywhere including the pulleys themselves. Also watch for a spun crank pulley. That's fairly common and can be hard to identify if you've never seen one before. If you're an experienced mechanic and can follow directions, you can do it well the first time if you go slow and careful. If not, you're prob better off getting someone experienced to show you how. Problem is, by the time you have to do it again, you'll prob have forgotten.

I'm sure it can maybe be done without a good impact and air (somehow), but it would for sure be a PITA.
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