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Old 04-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
K.Linchpin
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I was troubleshooting a noise that I thought could be a bad timing belt pensioner or idler pulley so I quick removed my timing belt. This is the first time I've had to put a timing belt on my EJ207 w/the engine in my car (not sure how we did it before) so I was presented with a challenge when it came time to rotate the driver side intake cam since, unlike the EJ205, there isn't a convenient hex head for you to utilize a 10mm allen key with. I don't have a special tool that Subaru techs use in this situation, so I (technically my dad), did a little improvisation.

After rotating the exhaust cam into place using the allen wrench and putting the belt in place, we (need 2 people for this) took a large monkey () wrench, opened it up so that it could fit two of the large openings in the AVCS housing, firmly held it in place, and rotated it into position. Once we had the belt partially on the cam gear, the wrench could be removed. In order to get it the rest of the way on the cam gear, we rotated the exhaust cam counter clockwise and essentially walked the belt into place. Walking the belt into place was another trick my dad taught me.





Hopefully this helps someone out there stuck in my position with the belt off and no special tools to get the belt back on.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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...unlike the EJ205, there isn't a convenient hex head for you to utilize a 10mm allen key with.
good stuff with the monkey wrench, IIRC..the 10mm hex head is behind the center dust cover with the 3 10mm bolts.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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I did my ej205 by myself
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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good stuff with the monkey wrench, IIRC..the 10mm hex head is behind the center dust cover with the 3 10mm bolts.
Is it? Oil started to drip out when I popped the seal, so I quick put it back together!
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I did my ej205 by myself
I'm sure you're not alone. The bulky monkey wrench on the avcs cam necessitated another hand. I've seen a post where someone popped two holes ~110mm apart into a piece of steel, removed both cam bolts, and inserted two longer threaded bolts through the piece of steel, followed by a set of jam nuts in order to secure both cams to each other. That would surly make life easier for changing the belt on a EJ205 when you're by yourself.
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