C20 XE Cam belt tension help
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    C20 XE Cam belt tension help

    Right i have a c20 xe and cannot manage to get the cam belt tension tight enough, it is the earlier one with one idler and one tensioner. I got a spring from vauxhall to put on the tensioner and the backplate to hold the belt at tension and then you turn it over 2 full turns and line the 8th tooth up with the timing marks on the rocker cover but it is always to loose. How can i get the tension right? Thanks Rick

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    Personally i forgot this method and did my own as i had a nightmare getting the tension correct.
    Everytime i lined the notches up i`d tension the belt and it would move adjusting the notches so they no longer lined up.
    Hers what i did.......
    1.Lined the camshafts up to the notches on the engine cover.
    2.lined the crankshaft pulley up so it was slightly out, About 2 cm away from the pointer.
    3.When i tensioned the belt the crankshaft pulley moved into alignment and the camshaft sprockets stayed lined up.

    It took me a wee while but after a few attempts you learn which way the crankshaft pulley goes and how far you need to be away from the pointer.
    I Used a cable tie to pull the tensioner tight then tightened it up.
    Hope This Helps.
    Mail me if you have any probs!!
    Good luck......
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