Now that the wasps are dead I can get to reinstalling my timing belt. There are already a number of good videos on the subject, so I won’t bother to reexplain the procedure here, but a few notes from my experience.
- Don’t try to move the cam gear with your hand. Unlike the intermediate gear it’s very stiff. I ended up momentarily bending my thumb a weird way while trying to nudge it a bit, and while not damaged it’s now irritatingly sore.
- The crank gear is relatively easy to move once the pulley is on. Larger moves require a breaker bar with a 24mm socket on the bolt.
- Once all three are lined up properly getting the belt on might require some playing around with the tensioner. Mine needed to be compressed just a little but more than it was with the nail I was using to keep the spring compressed. I need to use one hand to lever the spring another 1/8 of an inch or so while pushing the belt onto the roller all while keeping it from slipping off the other gears.
To be honest, the whole affair was a bit more of a pain that I imagined it would be. I actually had to sort of back away at one point and take a break lest my frustration end in something breaking. Working while keyed up by frustration is a sure fire recipe for disaster. Anyway, everything is lined up and the new belt is on, so progress.