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Old 02-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Just replaced my timing belt, with a gates kit.

Got everything in and last step is to pull the pin on the tensioner. This is a brand new one. I pulled the pin, and it didnt really move. the belt doesnt feel tighter, and i can still put the pin back in it no problem, is this something to be worried about? will it tighten up once i turn the motor over a few times?

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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give it 30 minutes and it should get tight
it just takes time
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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yeah....give it 30 minutes to push up and that should do it...dont rev the hell outta the motor for the first couple hundred miles
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Still hasn't moved, it's been 24 hours since I installed....
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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At this point, it may be defective. It's always a possibility.

I know I took it easy on mine like Uncle Scotty said. Although, I've never heard of such a thing actually. I still felt it was better to 'break it in'.

I'd highly suggest getting another one.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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i'm thinking its defective, i'm contacting gates right now, i'll see what they say, hopefully they will send me another one. i do have the old one still, but i would feel better with a new one obviously..
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #8
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i'm thinking its defective, i'm contacting gates right now, i'll see what they say, hopefully they will send me another one. i do have the old one still, but i would feel better with a new one obviously..
i saw somebody post that there had been a bad batch of tensioners, lately....dont remember the details, now...but these kinds of things happen

you could use the old one for a bit while ya wait for the new one.....if you re-compress it S L O W L Y in a vise....think half a turn of the handle every 30 seconds.....find a small allen wrench to use as a pin...re-pin it and install it and done
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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you could use the old one for a bit while ya wait for the new one.....if you re-compress it S L O W L Y in a vise....think half a turn of the handle every 30 seconds.....find a small allen wrench to use as a pin...re-pin it and install it and done
Aren't you supposed to compress them with the cylinder vertical?
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no being vertical shouldnt matter I had to compress mine an did it on a vise horizontal an had no problems
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Aren't you supposed to compress them with the cylinder vertical?
so rotate the vise to keep it vertical....and for temp use it wouldnt matter
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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I was just pointing out that the service manual says to do it vertically, I don't know why.

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CAUTION:
Always use a vertical type pressing tool to move the adjuster rod down.
Do not use a lateral type vise.
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