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 Post subject: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:46 pm 
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hi guys ,

any step by step instructions how to change timing belt

on a suzuki swift GTi ?

appreciate any advice , links etc


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phil


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:13 am 
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Recently done mine and did it a different way.
I rotated the motor and cut through the existing belt longitudinally until I could pull half off and leave half on retaining the original position.
Then put the new belt on the outside half. Cut off the remnants of the original belt, job done.


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:02 pm 
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It's probably a good idea to buy the kit and do the tensioner, cam seals and crank seal as well as the belt.

I just followed followed the workshop manual, it's pretty comprehensive.


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:54 pm 
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Hi Phil and welcome!

It is easy enough to replace although fiddly as it is in a tight spot. If this is the first time that the car has had it done in your care, I would replace the tensioner at the same time. You can do the cam and crank seals also (although I recently did my crank seal and would not want to do it again in a hurry).

Procedure is the same for all cars:

Remove cam belt covers
Release tensioner
Lock cam gears (i cable tied them together tightly)
Check timing marks on crank and cam gears
Remove belt
Install new belt
Reset tensioner
Reinstall covers

I have seen a video of the cut and fit way which is super fast. If I knew that I didn't need to do anything else while I was in there, I'd do it this way next time.

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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:16 pm 
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Don’t forget once you tension the belt the throw the tensioner spring in the bin!

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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:48 pm 
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Howsie13 wrote:
Hi Phil and welcome!

It is easy enough to replace although fiddly as it is in a tight spot. If this is the first time that the car has had it done in your care, I would replace the tensioner at the same time. You can do the cam and crank seals also (although I recently did my crank seal and would not want to do it again in a hurry).

Procedure is the same for all cars:

Remove cam belt covers
Release tensioner
Lock cam gears (i cable tied them together tightly)
Check timing marks on crank and cam gears
Remove belt
Install new belt
Reset tensioner
Reinstall covers

I have seen a video of the cut and fit way which is super fast. If I knew that I didn't need to do anything else while I was in there, I'd do it this way next time.



Hi

really appreciate the info ! is the cut and fit video on youtube ? can you post the link up

also what engine mounts go first if they have never been replaced or should i just replace all three ?

thanks

phil


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 pm 
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Pauly wrote:
Don’t forget once you tension the belt the throw the tensioner spring in the bin!
Ditto for this. Do NOT leave it in place! Mine lives permanently inside my ashtray now...

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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:11 am 
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May I ask why you remove the spring ?? I am about to do the timing belt on my motor once it’s out of the car so just wanting to know cheers


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:20 am 
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The tensioner spring has a habit of breaking or somehow managing to fall down and get caught between the bottom sprocket and belt. It’s been the cause of many a broken timing belt and the damage it causes when valves meet piston.


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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 11:19 am 
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Can confirm... bin the spring! Cost me a set of intake valves and about 2k worth of top end rebuild

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 Post subject: Re: GTi MK3 Timing Belt Replacement
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:01 pm 
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These are worth their weight in plastic. Once you have crank at tdc on comp stroke with cams facing the correct way ( both inlet and outlet lobes facing out at cyl 1) clamp these between the pulleys and then change belt. Oh and do what the others said get rid of spring.

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