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ash_hammond

posted on 26/6/14 at 09:26 AM Reply With Quote
MX5 - Cam locking tool

To change the cam belt on a 90 1.6 MX5 do i need a cam shaft locking tool?

Haynes manual does not describe using one but it looks like they are available.

The inlet cam wont sit where i need it to, always jumps a tooth.







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prawnabie

posted on 26/6/14 at 09:41 AM Reply With Quote
There is a square section on both cams that you can use an adjustable spanner on to manipulate the cams. Bit of a bugger but it can be done.
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Norfolkluegojnr

posted on 26/6/14 at 10:17 AM Reply With Quote
On my 1.8 I just held the two cams in the correct place with two spanners and a pair of mole grips.

not my pic, but the same idea:




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ash_hammond

posted on 26/6/14 at 10:19 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Norfolkluegojnr
On my 1.8 I just held the two cams in the correct place with two spanners and a pair of mole grips.

not my pic, but the same idea:






Yes... I saw this, thought it was a neat idea.

Saves 20 on a tool if it works. :-)







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Norfolkluegojnr

posted on 26/6/14 at 10:24 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ash_hammond
quote:
Originally posted by Norfolkluegojnr
On my 1.8 I just held the two cams in the correct place with two spanners and a pair of mole grips.

not my pic, but the same idea:






Yes... I saw this, thought it was a neat idea.

Saves 20 on a tool if it works. :-)


Worked ok for me! I did a full belt, bearing and waterpump change over the winter.

Worth changing the WP whilst you're in there as they are a common failure.

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Slimy38

posted on 26/6/14 at 07:01 PM Reply With Quote
If this website had a 'locost tip of the week', this surely has to be one! So simple and effective.
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