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87' porsche 944 timing belt change, HELP!

Hi my name is spencer,
The timing belt on my 87 944 recently started vibrating a bit and hitting the platic belt cover making a terribly annoying noise. i popped the hood and took the cover off to check the tensioner and it was all the way out (as tight as it would go). so i bought a new belt and the electronic tensioning tool because i have more than one 944 for i figured it cost effective to learn how to do it myself rather than take them in all the time. well heres the real problem...while fooling around with it a bit my friend said he read somewhere that youre supposed to turn the crank a half of a degree to reset the tension on the belt.we didnt have a socket big enough to fit on the crank bolt so he suggests he take a fuse out and just crank it over for a half second.foolishly i agree thinking he knows what hes doing since hes rebuilt numerous cars.when we do this the belt jumps and i believe it just skipped a few teeth.i need to know the process for lining up the cam and crank shaft finding tdc and putting the belt back on with correct tension. Anyone have any ideas?

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  • Robert Dressler Apr 22, 2009

    did you find this problem out? email me at pfc_dressler@cox.net if you need any further assistance I will do what I can. I rebuilt my 86 944 including changing the belt, good luck

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