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    Thread: How many pounds of pressure should our timing belts have?

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      04-22-2015 11:33 PM #1
      I believe I have a defective belt tensioner damper and I want to know how much pressure the belt should have. I am getting a belt tension gauge tomorrow morning. Any help?
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      04-23-2015 12:07 AM #2
      90 degree turn either way.

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      04-23-2015 12:15 AM #3
      Any specific numbers? I read about the 90 degree twist and a lot of people have said that they should not go by it.
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      04-23-2015 12:22 AM #4
      It's perfectly fine to use as a rule of thumb. It's how IE tells you to time your vehicle with a manual tensioner. The 90 turn should provide resistance and be taut. You can tell if your tensioner is broken or going out. Your valves will be bent and your car won't run. I'd twist the belt and listen/look at the gas piston. If its making a lot of noise and providing little resistance change it out.

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      04-23-2015 12:40 AM #5
      The reason I ask is because I replaced my timing belt and water pump with a kit I bought from ECS. It makes a weird noise now.

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      04-23-2015 01:01 AM #6
      I don't understand how the tensioner wasn't replaced. Its a one use part with a grenade pin. If all your marks line up: crank, cam and flywheel, belt is tight, components are new and pistons have compression. I'd say you are fine. 1.8t engines make noise.

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      04-23-2015 01:03 AM #7
      Everything was replaced including the tensioner. It didn't make this noise before the timing belt replacement. I edited my previous post and added the video.
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      04-23-2015 01:07 AM #8
      Sounds fine to me.

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      04-23-2015 01:11 AM #9
      It's not fine to me. It never made this noise before only after I replaced everything.
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      04-23-2015 01:14 AM #10
      There are 5 valves per piston. That ticking is normal and was always there.

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      04-23-2015 01:16 AM #11
      Your belt cover is also off. I would double check the torque on damper pulley too.

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      04-23-2015 01:17 AM #12
      I'm not talking about the ticking noise, I'm talking about the wobbling kind of noise coming from the timing belt area. You can clearly hear it.
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      04-23-2015 01:18 AM #13
      Timing belt cover has been on for a couple of weeks now, this video was shot like a month ago or so.
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      04-23-2015 02:06 AM #14
      Check all pulleys.

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      04-23-2015 10:58 AM #15
      Ok, thanks ill do that. Anyone else have any ideas?
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      04-23-2015 01:49 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by HUFset View Post
      Check all pulleys.
      Try removing the accessory belt and see if the sound goes away. It's fine to run without the accessory belt for a couple minutes. That should narrow the problem down for you between the timing belt and the accessory belt.
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      04-23-2015 03:12 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by groggory View Post
      Try removing the accessory belt and see if the sound goes away. It's fine to run without the accessory belt for a couple minutes. That should narrow the problem down for you between the timing belt and the accessory belt.
      Just tried it and still makes the noise, also the pulleys are fine.
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      04-23-2015 06:07 PM #18
      Pull the timing covers - you have to jack up the car, remove the pass side wheel and wheel liner, they are right there and easy to get off. Check the belt for any wear marks, and crank the engine over with a ratchet and watch for any deflection in the movement.
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