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Timing belt

TSITurbo95

Probationary Member
2,507
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Oct 26, 2009
Ohio, Ohio
Ok, so I just got done working on my car, and noticed my timing belt felt a little lose, but what do you all think?

Imageshack - mvi3191.mp4 - Uploaded by TurboTSI95

Is this a little lose, or is it fine? Also about replacing it, should I go OEM or aftermarket? What is the real difference in quality? Second, do I need the tensioner and both pulley's to replace the timing belt?
 

LiquidX

DSM Wiseman
8,291
111
Sep 19, 2008
Anywhere, Pennsylvania
Ok, so I just got done working on my car, and noticed my timing belt felt a little lose, but what do you all think?

Imageshack - mvi3191.mp4 - Uploaded by TurboTSI95

Is this a little lose, or is it fine? Also about replacing it, should I go OEM or aftermarket? What is the real difference in quality? Second, do I need the tensioner and both pulley's to replace the timing belt?

I think it looks a little loose personally. You can't go wrong with OEM but aftermarket belts while most being stronger, still need(should) be replaced at the standard 60k interval. If you get a kevlar belt oiled then it'll need replaced right away as well. Anytime you do the belt, replace the pulleys and tensioner (why half ass it)

STM DSM TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT KIT
 

mindset

Proven Member
1,857
6
Jan 3, 2009
Brunswick, Ohio
I highly recommend replacing the pulleys and autotensioner.

I trashed my head cause I half assed it. Lesson learned.

I went with OEM pulleys and a Gates timing belt from partsdinosaur.com

Edit: *Holy shit* that is loose .That's just asking for jumped timing and a trashed head.
 

TSITurbo95

Probationary Member
2,507
17
Oct 26, 2009
Ohio, Ohio
Yeah I was going to go with oem pulleys and gates racing timing belt, with balance shaft eliminator kit.
 

TSITurbo95

Probationary Member
2,507
17
Oct 26, 2009
Ohio, Ohio
Indeed. I thought it seemed a little lose, but wasent too sure. But this is my dd, so ill have to drive around on it until this stuff comes in and I can find someone to do it. I don't trust myself doing it.
 
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