44Dwarf UltraDork
12/7/17 11:52 a.m.

I did the timing belts, water pump seals etc on the wife 09 WRX @ 106,000 miles did the turbo at 114,000 now its got a leak I think from the crank seal...

As i recall the belt tentoiner had a hair pin i had to pull out once everything was lined up right. can i use the Alligator on my portopower to compress the tentioner and slip in the pin or must I buy the whole dam kit again just to do the seal?

Streetwiseguy UltimaDork
12/7/17 12:00 p.m.

You can compress the adjuster, just do it slowly.  Too fast, and it may ruin the seals internally.

93gsxturbo Dork
12/7/17 12:03 p.m.

The tensioners don't take a whole lot to collapse so a Porta Power is probably overkill.

You can use your alligator and a small allen wrench to  hold it while its apart, or you can unbolt the whole tensioner and put in in a bench vice (crank it SLOWLY - like snails pace) or compress it using a press (arbor or hydraulic) or even wedge the tensioner between the frame of the car and your floor jack while a friend pumps and you slip a small allen back in to hold it till you are ready to reassemble.


DSMs use a similar tensioner and I have recompressed probably 100+ of them over the years.  I even have a used "grenade pin" in my small parts drawer for just such a project.  

44Dwarf UltraDork
12/7/17 5:56 p.m.

I still have the pin....and the box with all old the parts...

Just swapped out the drives door actuator tonight in freezing cold but 1/2hour I was done.  

Thanks, guys!


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