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  • Andy661 thanked the user G0RSQ in the forum post, Logic check required
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  • Hi G0RSQ,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond...

    Judging by the maintenance history of the car that I have, its a 2003 with 51k on the clock and has never had the timing belt replaced, so I wouldn't even contemplate re-using the current belt and would tally with your suggestion that the belt is potentially very worn...

    Thanks to the wisdom of this forum i'm consciously aware of the potential risks of dislodging liners by turning the crank with the head removed so that has never been an intention...

    In my mind, I just want to be clear that so long as the cams are in the correct position, and the crank is in roughly the correct position, I could in theory remove the head, replace the gasket and refit the head... then once that is done i can set the correct timing of the crank before fitting the new belt?

    flywheel locking tool should be arriving tomorrow, so it doesn't make a huge amount of difference if I have to wait another day, but being an engineer I have that nagging need to understand whats happening inside... :lol:

    Thanks again!
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  • Thanks for the replies peeps,

    I can confirm that the cam timing marks were correctly facing each other, therefore I assume that the crank timing was 90 degrees BTDC (as the engine was running OK before I started...)

    My assumption now is that I skipped two teeth on the belt, but turned back and hopefully (very confidently) skipped the same two in the opposite direction which should have returned it to the correct position...

    My plan at present is to cut the belt for 2 reasons... If I skipped the teeth then the belt is goosed anyways, and I have a new one to fit.

    I will remove the head and replace the gasket (at the same time I can visually verify that all pistons are half way down the bores), only once the head is refitted I will reset the timing of the crank to align the marks...
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  • Andy661 created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Hi all,

    Just want a quick check on my logic before proceeding any further...

    I've recently embarked on a HG change, and got to the stage of timing the engine, cams are timed and locked but trying to undo the crankshaft bolt I felt it skip a couple of teeth... not overly concerned at this stage, but don't want to fall behind whilst waiting on a flywheel locking tool...

    Would it make sense to cut the existing timing belt and remove it in order to get the HG changed then pick up where I left of with the timing belt (I have the new one already) as and when I can? As I said the timing may be out now by a couple of teeth so I personally don't see the harm in this as the overall intention is to replace the belt etc which will require the timing to be properly set :-?

    Thanks again
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  • Andy661 created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Hi all,

    Just wondering if there is anyone on the forum local to me (Dorchester, Dorset) that might have a flywheel locking tool I could borrow for a few days?

    Started my HG job yesterday and have now become stuck on the lower crank bolt, I tried to do a half arsed job and left the cam lock in and used a breaker bar on the bolt but felt the belt jump a couple of teeth... not gonna risk trying it anymore

    Thanks in advance
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  • Andy661 replied to the topic Oil filling in MGF/TF Pitstop
    thanks guys... that's what I suspected but just wanted to be sure...

    Measure twice, cut once! :slapme:
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