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Old 02 Jan 2013, 09:29 pm
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Question CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

I have a 2003 and I hit 90K miles, so I'm in the middle of changing the timing belt.
Are the CAM timing Sprocket bolts left or right hand thread?

Any suggestions for preventing CAM rotation when trying to remove the sprocket bolts?
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Old 02 Jan 2013, 09:40 pm
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

I believe they go counter clockwise.

you need a camshaft pully tool to hold them in place. you can get one here.

WILMAR CAMSHAFT PULLEY HOLDER W89208 on eBay!

or your local auto parts should sell them.

Haynes manual says you can also use a strap wrench used for crankshaft damper pulleys.......
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Old 02 Jan 2013, 09:43 pm
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

Counter clockwise to loosen?
I have the factory shop manual and it does not say one way or the other.

Once the bolt is off, will the sprocket easily come off, or do you then need a puller?
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

Lefty loosy righty tighty. If the belt is still on, put the wrench on then with a swift blow of a heavy hammer on the wrench to break it loose. Or use an impact gun while holding the sprocket by hand.
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Lefty loosy righty tighty. If the belt is still on, put the wrench on then with a swift blow of a heavy hammer on the wrench to break it loose. Or use an impact gun while holding the sprocket by hand.
you can also go oldschool and jam a very large flathead screw driver in one of the big openings in the sprocket, and hold it that way :-) but....a pair of mechanix gloves works just as well haha

and true on righty tighty lefty loosey, all in except for the tranny mounting bolt, thats french :-D i broke my neck to figure that one out lol
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

like stated above the bolts are normal thread... the gears will just about fall off in your hand once the bolts are out.
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

why take off stuff you don't have to? just leave the pulleys on.
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Old 03 Jan 2013, 04:38 pm
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Default Re: CAM Shaft Sprocket bolt - Left or right thread?

In hindsight the cam sprockets were easy. I got the tool and it was no problem. And the threads were standard right hand threads

Now, on the install of the belt, I just can't make the damn thing fit. When I originally removed the belt, it was tight with the adjuster set to its loosest position. I just could not get the belt off. So I unscrewed the idler and that did the trick. Now on the install, I have attempted the same in reverse and its a no go. If there is a secret to getting this belt on, its lost on me.

I compared the belt to the old belt and they match. I keep thinking I must have the tensioner not fully out, but it is turned fully counter clockwise.
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Are you putting the belt on the crank first then around the tensioner around the exhaust sprocket intake then the idler then water pump? Last making sure the teeth are seated. My belt had slack.
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biggest issue in any belt not fitting, looping it backwards around 1 pulley. never fits lol make sure all the teeth are INWARD towards the pulley :-D
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