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Old 12-08-2001, 10:27 PM   #1
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Question Timing belt tensioner holding tool?

My '99 has 67,000 miles and still going strong. But, the timing belt needs to be replaced soon. I have already done this on a '90 Legacy L but the one thing I didn't have was something to put in to hold the cam belt tensioner out of the way. Well actually I did. It was an allen wrench but that tensioner was so strong it bent the heck out of the allen and I damn near didn't get it out.

Is there something else that won't bend in that tensioner hole? Or perhaps a special tool that Subaru sells?
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Old 12-09-2001, 03:24 PM   #2
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The Dealership Techs use a "Grenade pin" that comes with a new tensioner. It is not an available tool that can be purchased.

A 1/8" Pop-Rivet works great. The steel shank is hard enough that it won't bend.
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