- Fit the new belt. This is where I got confused, I copied the direction that the old belt was pointing when I removed it. I just __couldn't__ get the lines on the belt to line up. Eventually I put the car in 5th and moved the wheel in the forward direction ever so slightly. Yep, some idiot had fitted the belt that was on it backwards!!! The lines on the belt would never have lined up. The cam pulley spins __clockwise__ so point the arrows that way.
- The points on the pulleys can be quite hard to see, so mark them if you need to once you have found them.
- Let the belt tensioner off.
- Temporarily refit the pulley (without tightening the bolt). Check the dowels still fit into both pulleys. IF THEY DON'T, REMOVE THE BELT AND TRY AGAIN.
- Remove the distributor cap, look at the cap and see where the rotor button must be pointing to be pointing at no1 cylinder (fly wheel end). Where you put the screwdriver to lock the ring gear (photo) you need to shine a light and try to make out the zero that will define TDC. It's hard to make out.
- Back off all the nuts/adjuster on the belt, then tighten them all up again.
- I didn't bother to refit the cam belt cover, I'm too lazy. And aren't silly enough to put my fingers in the way when the motor's running.
- Refit the pulley, lock the ring gear and tighten the bolt.
- Refit the alternator and hydraulic pump belts (if you really feel the need).
- Run the motor until warm (fans cut in and out).
- Get No 1 back at top dead center.
- Lock the ring gear, remove fan belts, and crankshaft pulley again (sigh!!)
- Back the tensioners bolts/adjusters of the cambelt off and tighten them again.
- Phew, all done!! Slap it all back together.a
- Remove the crankshaft pulley.
- It's now easy to see how to remove the cam covers, just a few bolts that are no longer hidden.
- Loosen the belt tensioner bolts (picture). There is also the adjuster hidden from view that can be reached from above the easiest(reach down the back of the motor). I mucked around for about 3/4 of an hour trying to loosen this bloody thing. It eventually dawned on me the lock nut was 16mm, who but bloody citroen would use 16mm nuts. Anyway, I had to cut a 16/17mm offset spanner in half to get it to fit in the tight space. Once the locknut is loosened, turn the adjuster to the horizontal position to back the tensioner right off, use a 6mm spanner or shifting spanner.
1. Top engine mount
2. Radiator hose
3. Cam belt adjusters nuts
4. Hydraulic pump
5. Cam Belt Tensioner
6. Water pump
8. Air conditioning pump.
This photo was taken laying under the car looking up into the wheel arc
- Lock the starter ring gear(photo above). Loosen the crankshaft nut. I did this without an assistant easily, the screwdriver locked it without moving.
- Refit the drill bits/allan keys to the holes to the holes and make sure they are still lined up.
- REMOVE THE DRILL BITS/ALLAN KEYS.(this is so you don't do any damage by attempting to loosen the crank nut with them).
- If you have a manual car (lucky you), it's easy to turn the engine over, put the car into 5th gear and turn the wheel that's off the ground. If it's an auto your going to have to muck around trying to turn the engine over with the ring gear. Rotate the motor so the cam pulley turns clockwise. Then insert 10mm allan keys, or drill bits as shown in the photo (at about 7 oclock). Put an allan key/drill bit in the crankshaft pulley hole as well.
1. Plastic clips that just pull out.
2. Wing nut that needs to be undone
- The haynes manual states "lock the starter ring gear". Don't know about your car but on mine I can't even see the motor or bell housing, it's all covered with pipes steering etc. Here's a photo of how to get onto it.
The haynes manual follows this text. Most important is to read and follow it. I've just expanded points here as everything sounds quite difficult in the manuals text when in reality this is a quite easy task to perform (if not time consuming).
- Lift and support the front right of the car on axle stands.
- Remove the plastic covers in the wheel arch (wing nuts, plastic clips) and remove them, exposing the side of the motor.
- Remove the few screws holding the cover on covering the camshaft pulley.