A quick question, was your engine a bit wierd just before you changed the distribution kit (belt, etc)? Was your fuel consumption up and the engine feeling a bit off?Yes it is very similar to this. Changed mine inc. water pump (307 1.4HDI) a couple of years ago.
A couple of important points though:
The crank and cam pulleys need to be locked with suitable sized drill bits, using the provided locking bolt holes, before you attempt to remove the cam belt. Failing to do so could cause damage to your engine when they move out of sync.
You will need a Torx bit to remove the engine mount and a trolley jack to support the engine when removing it.
I strongly recommend you get hold of a Haynes manual, I borrowed mine from the local library so it cost me nothing. I cannot remember all the little details but this would avoid missing anything important.
This is not a particularly difficult job as long as you have the right tools for the job.:thumb:
Now changing the clutch, well that is a completely different matter.
What was your code for the cam sensor problem? did it mention coherance??Yes it was, although this did not solve the problem.
The car gradually got worse until it would randomly lose power and even come to a halt, before starting again as though nothing had happened!
Finally I went to drive to work and the car just wouldn't start. Called out the AA who read the fault codes with their diagnostic computer and it turned out to be the cam sensor!
This tells the fuel system the speed of the engine to tell it when to inject diesel into the engine, it was failing and so when there was no signal it thinks the engine has stopped and so does not inject fuel and so it loses power and cuts out.
The replacement part cost me about £20 and was very simple to install (although I did need to loosen the cam belt cover to get it out).
If you can find some one close to you with planet I would ask them to check for any fault codes to identify the fault. Not sure how much they will charge but an auto electrical garage quoted me £45 to do this!
That said changing the belt was still a good idea as now I am sure that it will last me some years before it needs to be done again. I have had one go on me in a Ford Escort and ended up needing a whole new engine.
P.S. if there are any admins watching this thread could you remove all but the latest of my duplicated replies, tried to post them last night but they didn't come up then, so I thought they had been lost in the ether, but now they have all suddenly appeared! Weird.:shrug2:
good on ya, your braver than me :lol: :thumb:thanks gavin I really appreciate that because i really do want to go for it myself, i like learning about it and its great to save a packet too....
are there any other crucial tips/ tools i should know about,
i've got my haynes manual and i've also got the youtube video....
Take photos of each step while disconnecting/removing parts. A video would also be nice if there's a budding Speilberg in the household.good on ya, your braver than me :lol: :thumb:
the biggest tip i can give is take your time, read everything in your haynes, watch/listen to youtube carefully and double check your work and get someone else to watch. if you mess it up, your done for :lol: