Originally Posted by WRB_WRX
My 03 Bug Eye is at 92K and almost ready for this job. Perfect timing for this writeup! Some questions:
1: Can U align the timing marks before U pull the old belt? Seems to me this would save some time.
2: How much extra work is it to change out the water pump while your in there?
3: Torque specs?
1. Not possible to do.. once you pull the belt off..or sometimes when the tensioner is relieved, the cams will "jump" since the right side is under valve spring tension. The left side cam pulleys will stay, and easily rotate into place..getting the lower right pully aligned takes some force by hand (and possibly an extra set of hands to hold it in place). To align the top right, I recommend using a breaker-bar that you can fit a 10mm allen bit onto. This way, the pulley can't spin on it's own with its backforce. You'll have complete right & left control over it.
2. Easy about 6 or so 10mm bolts, a few hoses to pull off, clean the surface, add thin layer of water pump gasket silicone, and bolt on.
3. I will get that info, and add it in... I just snugged it all up good, and really firmly tightened the tensioner & idler pully bolts with loctite