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I'm replacing the timing belt on this 1.9. I have done this before but cannot remember, which freakin way do you turn the bolt on the lower pulley to get it off? Both ways seems like it's trying to tighten. Is it lefty loosie, or right?
 

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This bolt is threaded in the standard direction. It loosened counter-clockwise and tightened clockwise.
 

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how the hell do you guys fit an impact in there, I have like an inch between the bolt and the wheel well, I am about to change my timing belt and it doesnt look like i can even fit a breaker bar on there.
 

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^ Yep. Pretty straightforward.
 

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Yeah, when I had to do the timing belt on my old LX I took the wheel and splash guard off, I think that's what the chiltons manual told me. Luckily where I was staying, the owner had an air impact and it zipped it right off.
 

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If you dont have the immpact wrench, you have to hold the crankshaft from turning - which I have done (on the automatic) by putting a hefty screwdriver into the round hole in the bottom of the bell-housing. its toward the rear, sort of behind one of the rails of the crossmember under the tranny.
 

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^i used an allen wrench :D
 

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Yeah, I think most of them do have the plug. The bolt can be removed through the plug, but it's nearly impossible to re-set the timing and such with the splash guard still in place.
 

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93pittescort said:
One more question. I'm putting that lower pulley back on, and I have the key way lined up, but I have some play left to right. Is that normal?
No. You either have a worn key/slot or the internal rubber in the pulley is bad. Where exactly is the play? The whole pulley or the outer metal "ring"?
 
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