PREPA­RA­TIONS: RE­SEARCH & TOOLS

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Instant Expert -

As en­gines have be­come more so­phis­ti­cated, the im­por­tance of not dis­turb­ing man­u­fac­turer-set tim­ing has be­come even more crit­i­cal. Keith An­der­son, tech­ni­cal writer at Laser Tools, notes that tim­ing belt chang­ing tools evolve all the time. You can check which tools are ap­pli­ca­ble for your car by look­ing up the make and model at www.laser­tools.co.uk/ prod­ucts/ En­gine-tim­ing-tools

It is worth not­ing that some mo­tor fac­tors op­er­ate tool hire schemes. Keith says also that ob­tain­ing the cor­rect tools is the easy part, but ob­tain­ing spe­cific man­u­fac­turer data can be more dif­fi­cult and that Diy­ers should fac­tor in the ex­tra po­ten­tial ex­pense of sourc­ing data along with parts and tool costs. More mod­ern en­gines will re­quire more ad­vanced lock­ing tools. It’s worth in­vest­ing in the cor­rect equip­ment, rather than risk the cam and crankshafts mov­ing when the tim­ing belt has been re­moved.

For some ba­sic en­gines, you may be able to use a long bolt of the cor­rect di­am­e­ter to lock the cam and/or crank­shaft, in­stead of a ded­i­cated lock­ing pin. Be wary that a drill­bit could fall into the crank­case.

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