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Porsche Crest timing belt?

I have a early '85 944 and it has not ran for about ten years. I have almost completed the rebuild and should have it running soon. This car will not be a daily driver. How do feel about my timing belt?
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:43 AM
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your timing belt from 10 years ago? it should have been changed 3 times, dont take a huge risk for a $15 belt
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Yeah I know it's bad. But, I have really wanted to hear this car run. I wanted to know if I could do this without the timing belt breaking.
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resist the urge, order a belt from here and just doublecheck everything and finish up any loose ends before you fire her. if you are really feeling lucky, its your head job. but i strongly advise against it... all the work you did could be thrown down the ****ter in about 2 seconds.
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really, you think my chances of breaking the belt are that great. I just want to add that I have already turned the car over, but it did not start.
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Hey in the end you're gonna do what you're gonna do. However, it is stongly recommended that the belt be changed before you try to turn it over agin. Yes - it can snap that quickly..........even on cars that were sitting for ten minutes.
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A new timing belt poorly tensioined is better than taking a $1,500 gamble on an old and questionable timing belt.
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not to mention it hasn't moved in 10 years, it's probably dry rotted...
i'm willing to bet 10 bones in it actually breaking if you tried to start it. I'd bet more, but i'm broke
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First Post!!! WOOO HOOOO Just had the timing and balance shaft belts replaced on mine. Bought the car with 65K on it, going through the maintence records the timing belt was replaced and had been retensioned at 48K. Only problem was the belt was retensioned in 96. The car was a garage queen. The doctor that I bought it from never drove the damn thing. Had the waterpump replaced while they were back there. Took it to a shop here in Eastern NC and had it done. Starting looking at the project and realized that I did not have the proper tools and it was just a bit out of my do it your self skill set. I did replace the Cam Chain Tensioner myself, that was pretty easy, oil change (not even gonna start another thread on the type) spark plugs, plug wires, air cleaner ( what a pain in the ass) and fuel filter. Thats enough rambling though.

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Bill, You are certainly ahead of the maintenance curve. Now think about replacing the tires. Most high performance tires don't like to age well. About six years.
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Ha, thats the one thing the doc actually did. Had them replaced in 04.
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Might think about putting some decent head lights in like Hella H4's so you don't hit a deer.
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I think I have to wait a while before I spend any more moola on the car. Wife keeps giving me funny looks everytime I am looking at a parts catalog or goodies for the car online.
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Re: timing belt?

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Originally posted by qawse
I have a early '85 944 and it has not ran for about ten years. I have almost completed the rebuild and should have it running soon. This car will not be a daily driver. How do feel about my timing belt?
You come here and ask this, calling "it" a rebuild? Nah.........there IS a birdy making noise in the background. That, or you really don't KNOW what a REBUILD IS.

Cheap out is one thing, (birdy noise), being uninformed and risky stupid is another. Give it much more thought! ITS A GIVEN! Replace 'em all! And, associated parts, especially if it is composed of "rubber". Come on, get real. 10 YEARS? I"ve gotta hear what you did, to consider this a "rebuild".
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Granite. You're awake!!! Now take your medicine like a good boy.
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are there any web sites that have a step by step guide to properly
replacing the timing belt? sorry for the question but i dont have a shop
manual yet since i just got my 944 but autozone ordered one for me
so soon i wont have to ask so many questions.

thanks, Chris
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When was the last time you changed your timing and balance belts and/or cam chain and tensioner?
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Thanks, ill check it out
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90' DSM 24psi. 18G fmic,
82' benz 300sd turbo, intercooled.
73' Karmann Ghia cab. sold
04' Standard 250s ox, euro bb 28/10 gearing, odyssey, profile, 29lbs,
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Clarks Garage has a good web site for this.

Pelican (where you are posting) can supply everything you need...and it will be way more than just a timing belt.

If you don't know any history of the car:

The least:

Timing belt
Balance shaft belt
All the tensioner rollers
Power steering belt
Alternator belt

The moment you take it apart extra stuff:

Water pump (rebuilt) and install kit (thermostat, gasket and bolts) Update kit for pump (the block off plate and timing belt guide and larger roller)
Front seal kit, with sleeves, oil pump drive, cam bolt and rear cam box cork gasket.
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Wow! thats a lot, but if you guy are recomending it then better save my
self from the desaster i could be facing and get it done.

off hand do you have an idea about how much parts will cost?
if not then dont worry about it ill just look it up on here.

oh and will i need a belt tentionor for my 85.5 or can i do it by hand?
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87 fiero cp. candy blue, chrome 16's
90' DSM 24psi. 18G fmic,
82' benz 300sd turbo, intercooled.
73' Karmann Ghia cab. sold
04' Standard 250s ox, euro bb 28/10 gearing, odyssey, profile, 29lbs,
check out www.vintagevwcars.com


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