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Old 12-10-2017, 03:54 AM   #15541
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the trick is setting it all right before you remove the belt. when the marks are aligned, do what you gotta do, then when the time comes for the new belt............zip ties. put the belt on and match it to all three timing marks. i put two ties on each of the cam marks before setting the tensioner.

then i started it and it was whining. so i backed the tensioner off a little bit more. i had to do that three times so the belt wasnt sounding like a gear driven race car.
good idea to pull all spark plugs too, but it can be done without. I don't mind a little belt whine because I know it's good, but too much will literally shred the belt in half.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:11 AM   #15542
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Well, truck is still running strong. Someone might as well report when something's going okay. The first weekend of January I'm heading up the Skokomish River to the Forest Service roads beyond it and filming a cool video. Four day trip. New tent, much new gear for camping in comfort in the wilderness. In between shooting the video, I'm doing BBQ and big campfire galore.

Lil' Nissan and I have a deal. I don't beat her too much and she gets me where I'm going and back just fine with all the gear. And I've pointed that truck at some impossible places. Well, they SAID it was impossible, anyway. I don't listen to that crap.

On January 24th, I sign a one-year extension on the option to create the first feature film about hijacker 'DB Cooper'. Not the comedy with Treat Williams, the REAL one. The production company I'm with gladly forked over, and they are partnering with a major studio for the picture. Production shooting begins in 2018. It's a long story, but if you're interested, you can start HERE.
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:33 PM   #15543
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I'm gonna try to set it, but if it ends up off again I'll probably just leave it. It's been that way for 4 years already.
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:36 PM   #15544
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Cool story...
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:30 PM   #15545
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good idea to pull all spark plugs too, but it can be done without. I don't mind a little belt whine because I know it's good, but too much will literally shred the belt in half.
i should have taken a picture of my old tensioner. it screamed. the inner race of the pulley was worn so hard it was oblonged. i dont know how it stayed together for 5 years. when i took it off, it rattled like a pipe wrench LOL
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:03 PM   #15546
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the trick is setting it all right before you remove the belt. when the marks are aligned, do what you gotta do, then when the time comes for the new belt............zip ties. put the belt on and match it to all three timing marks. i put two ties on each of the cam marks before setting the tensioner.

then i started it and it was whining. so i backed the tensioner off a little bit more. i had to do that three times so the belt wasnt sounding like a gear driven race car.
personally i disagree. i ALWAYS matchmark my old belts to the pulleys and then transfer the belt marks to the new belt. works every time. i dont even bother setting motors at tdc or even cyl 1 on the compression stroke anymore.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:20 PM   #15547
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I'm gonna try to set it, but if it ends up off again I'll probably just leave it. It's been that way for 4 years already.
It's a pretty simple timing belt setup compared to a lot of other vehicles. You wouldn't think it would be that hard to get it spot on, but it is. I will probably be doing the timing belt on a vg30e in the near future so it's interesting to hear what the v6 guys have to say about it.

I find that florescent nail polish works well for marking the belts and pulleys, especially in fwd cars where the marks may be harder to see. Personally I am an analton about timing belts...I always set it to TDC and mark the belts, then turn the engine over by hand a few times to make sure the marks still line up.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:52 PM   #15548
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I always set it to TDC and mark the belts, then turn the engine over by hand a few times to make sure the marks still line up.
this.....................my lexus service manual said to specifically do this because of the hydraulic tensioner. why? who knows. but i did and i havent had a single problem with the timing.
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:00 AM   #15549
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Nissan's Service Manual says to turn the engine after setting the belts, but it doesn't say why
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:17 AM   #15550
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It's a pretty simple timing belt setup compared to a lot of other vehicles. You wouldn't think it would be that hard to get it spot on, but it is. I will probably be doing the timing belt on a vg30e in the near future so it's interesting to hear what the v6 guys have to say about it.

I find that florescent nail polish works well for marking the belts and pulleys, especially in fwd cars where the marks may be harder to see. Personally I am an analton about timing belts...I always set it to TDC and mark the belts, then turn the engine over by hand a few times to make sure the marks still line up.

Its not that its difficult to do. On an engine stand its probably no more than 10 minutes of work but in a 4x4, especially if you are short like me, its a pain in the ass to get to. I have to stand on a milk crate and partially lay on the radiator to get to the tensioner. Then try to see everything and in my case my truck has 2 sets of timing marks. One in wrong and one is right. It also has no timing mark on the water pump for the crank. Guess and go!
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