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Fit timing belt to 2002 subaru forester , unable to line up pullies

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  • terryntrish Jul 07, 2010

    I need to know how the pullies align in order to fit a new timing belt on a 2002 subaru forester with the 2.5 ltr motor



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Did the belt break, or just maint? Did the cams move when you took the belt off? If they did, they should not have moved far. You should be able to do this with some help, You can't move the crank without the belt in place, it will hit a valve, somewhere, You should have aligned the marks before removing the belt. Take out a couple spark plugs to make the engine easier to turn over by hand. Then with a breaker bar on the crank bolt, turn the engine to the right, have two people , one on each cam, and slowly turn with the crank, do not let the spring tension snap back, Mark your dots so you can see them, bring the engine over to TDC, each cam will be on it's mark also, if you can find a clear channel for the valves to run in. If the crank meets any resistance, back up, try to turn a cam to clear a path, If you have to pull the rocker covers off, to see the valve position, do it, But your engine is almost impossible to get to. I could hardly change plugs on mine. Once you get it on the marks, clamp the cams if they have a tendency to move. put the new belt on, the belt should have marks on it too, and they better line up with yours or something is wrong. You have a belt tensioner also, if you didn't replace the pin in this, you will need a new one.get the belt on, lined up, pull the pin on the tensioner, all set. I hope that is a 2 cam engine without turbo? If not, it will more difficult to do. Hope this helps.

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