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Timing Belt Tesion Adjustment

I'm sure this one has been asked before but I can't seem to find the answer.

I am getting ready to finish up my head gasket and oil cooler repair and I will need to re-tension my belts.

What is the best way to go about this, please do not respond with buying factory belt tension tool, this will cause me to have a heart attack

Thanks for your help,
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Rodney,
find a friend that has the tool..!! Just kidding - in clarks-garage.com, he says you can set the tension and then check it by twisting the belt 90 degrees with two fingers - apparently this is how they used to do the 928's. I did mine this way, but I also have every intension of re-checking it with "The Gauge" after a couple thousand miles. Zim's charge $150 just to check the tension - maybe there is someone similar in your area that could do the same?
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That was dumb of me not to look at clarks garage for info.

It seems that checking the tension is such an easy thing, all you need is the tool.

or am I missing something here, I bet in reality that once the belt is broke in that there is a huge window on +/- tension. With the large teeth in the belt I can't see it slip'n. Is it common for them to actually slip?
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Whoa Brett, that's really damn high!
I know Zims does good work, but that's more than $90 higher than the guy I take mine to have the tension checked. This is in Dallas, as well.
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Really? I have a friend that has 3 944's and he swears by them. He just bought an S2 and had them do the belts - that cost him $450 - then they have to be re-tensioned again for another $150.

Matt, can you hook me up with the guy you use in Dallas - I may go see him in the future - I may even put my buddy on to him, too?

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Sure thing, Dan Cashman, DC racing 972-579-7440. He's in Irving off Loop 12 and Shady Grove. He does use the p9201, and charges 1hr labor or $60. I don't have ps so mine a little less than that.
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Matt,
thanks for the info. I was talking to my buddy with the 3 944's last night - he said that after Zims just did the belts on his new S2, they wanted him to come back for a re-tension at a cost of $250 - not 150 like I thought! He said he is up for a change, too. Next time you come to Dallas email me - I am actually in Italy so you go right past - always got a cold one in the fridge!
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You can use the kirkit tool. Nappa carries it for $10. A lot of 944 folks had good experience with it....
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Siberian,

What is this kirkit tool and what setting do I set it at etc. etc. etc., I will go check it out at Napa as soon as I can.

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You want the Krikit KR1 so you can read down to 28 lbs for the balance shaft belt. The Krikit tool is sort of a POS so if you have the chance to use a good tension tool or the Porsche one, jump at that. The problem of course is that good tension tools cost on the order of $400. That is why one person buys one and then holds a timing belt tension party to recover the cost.

Once you have tensioned enough belts the twist and push methods are probably better than the KriKit. But you need a lot of experience to get that down right.
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that porsche tension gauge is going to be a thing of the past if this deal has anything to do with it (and if the price is right) - check it out

http://www.gates.com/europe/index.cfm?location_id=1195
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That is expensive - the DEALER$HIP near me charged $150 to adjust my tension!
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i dont entirely agree with iceshark on this one. the krikit does work, and its repeatable, due to the set point, as you use it. it is possible to check the calibration of the krikit, for peace of mind. the "twist" the belt 90 degree's method, is at best, just a guess, and not really repeatable with any accuracy. no doubt it works for some people. as always, its your engine blah blah etc.. i tend to put things in perspective. you can have the gauge, and be spot on, but wait, you bought a belt, that has a fault thru production. so much for the factory gauge then{and the krikit/twist method}.
if you are not confident with using any type of gauge, then i would suggest finding someone who owns one, or find a garage.
this is a very important maintenance item.
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I have a Kriket , used many times . I compared it with a factory guage and it was dead on.
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