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Old 04-02-2007   #1
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hi, i am currently doing the cambelt on my marea and cannot seem to find a way to get more room to remove the tensioners/water pump.
i have followed the guide and changing the belt looks easy but there is not quite enough room to get the tensioners off
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yeah theres kinda an important bit missing from the guide, you need to push the engine over a bit to be able to remove them.
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cheers, i have undone the gearbox mount on the left hand side thats gained us abit more room. still about 5mm more is needed.
any advice??????
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get two trolly jacks to support the engine and remove the third mount and undo the suspension and give it a shove over, its awkward but its the only way i know of.
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That on the 20v?
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yeah its the 20v, thanks for the advice i will try that today...
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great stuff i have the tensioner off, now can the water pump be removed
without taking the cam wheels off????
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Re: cambelt tensioners

This really doesnt fill me with confidence for doing mine later this yr.

ie"remove the third mount and undo the suspension and give it a shove over"

Ohh well let us know how your getting on etc, and take pics if you can!
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I am dreading having a go at this. I normally do most things myself on the car, fear a clutch change is on it's way, as the signs are there and we are up to 130,000 miles on the original clutch, and the belts and water pump will follow that. I want to do it myself this time however, as last time it was due I had the whole lot done at a local independant fiat "specialist"....

Badly...

Had to have it all done again 3 months later at a Fiat dealer as it turned out the "specialist" monkeys had not changed the idler pulley, which subsequently failed....

No guarantee on the part (as the part had not actually been changed), and only my word against the independant's that I had asked them to change it. Turns out that the idler pulley they listed on the invoice ( and told me was the cambelt idler pulley) was actually for the auxilliary belt.

All I got for my trouble was shrugged shoulders and abuse... and an 800 quid bill from FIAT on top of the 500 I had spend at the "specialists"...

So... rant over....

This time I will be doing it myself as a guarantee that it has actually been done. I am based in Germany now, so can't use any of the recommended places in the UK, and don't want to pay a local Fiat dealer....

I would most appreciate pics and any info you can pass on concerning this job that is not already covered in the super guide by Fixitagaintomorrow.

Are you using original fit parts or pattern parts? If so which brands?
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i just thought i would give an update with my marea, we undid all three engine mounts ( still keeping the engine supported ) and that was enough to get the water pump out.
so belt, all tensioners and water pump have been replaced, the job all said and done was easy once me and my bruv got the extra room.

this was our first go at the 20v timing belt and we are`nt put off , next time it will be quicker
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glad to hear you completed it, took me a looooong time to do my old marea lol, i will just take mine to Motomech later in the year i think.
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Quote Originally Posted by mick wilson View Post
i just thought i would give an update with my marea, we undid all three engine mounts ( still keeping the engine supported ) and that was enough to get the water pump out.
so belt, all tensioners and water pump have been replaced, the job all said and done was easy once me and my bruv got the extra room.

this was our first go at the 20v timing belt and we are`nt put off , next time it will be quicker
Good stuff think i'll make sure and release all mounting points as will have an engine hoist if needed anyhow.
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Hi,
Have you got any photos to suppliment the "how to"?
Where did you support the engine? The sump looks a bit fragile to support directly off.

any pictures or advice from your experience would be useful. In order to get enough room, did you remove the driveshafts, just loosen the suspension mounts to make enough slack to get the whole lot over?
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Hi there,

Have just put a post in the Marea Tech bit regarding changing the tensioners etc. It is a little difficult to explain, here's my number anyone can give me a call if they like 07877 337544.

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