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How to access crank pulley and water pump pulley on my drive?


Rick

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Hi,

As per the jurney on my other thread, I now need to get my crank and water pump pulleys off.

You guys say it can be done on my drive?

So just looking for some more detail. What's the best way to get to them?

What else can I safely remove to get better access, any of the body work? Looks like this box round the engine comes out?

How do I get them off and on once I'm there?

Is there a good write up somewhere? Pictures are always good.

You guys have been great so far so thanks in advance.

'82 Turbo Esprit

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1 hour ago, Rick said:

Looks like this box round the engine comes out?

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Pictures are always good.

Yes they are. :hrhr: 

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First, there is no need to remove the crank pulley.  Then, get rear high on axle stands or ramps;  remove engine undertray (if present);  undo 4 x 10mm bolts on WP pulley and remove;  route belt over crank and WP pulleys;  ease WP pulley onto spindle and tighten bolts;  wash shite off arms and face.  Sorted!  

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3 hours ago, Sparky said:

First, there is no need to remove the crank pulley.  Then, get rear high on axle stands or ramps;  remove engine undertray (if present);  undo 4 x 10mm bolts on WP pulley and remove;  route belt over crank and WP pulleys;  ease WP pulley onto spindle and tighten bolts;  wash shite off arms and face.  Sorted!  

Awesome!!!  You really are 'the man' :D

 

2 hours ago, ian29gte said:

Careful, Rick.

I reckon Sparky's training you up to be the northern agent for Watford Exotics. It's like a correspondence course.

There's got to be worse thing I could be trained for ;)

 

1 hour ago, Sparky said:

It's called grooming.

Any attention is good attention :D

 

3 minutes ago, ian29gte said:

And he's not talking about brushing hair and manicuring nails, either.

Damit!!

 

But seriously, thanks guy, this is just what I needed to know

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13mm heads on the W/P screws.   NB,  Your biggest issue maybe stopping the pulley from turning while you undo the screws.   Have a strategy for that before you start!    Also based on your experiences so far, check that the drain hole under the pulley shaft is bone dry, or things will be taking a turn for the worse!

Oh yeah - Also get yourself one of those illuminated telescopic mirrors that you find in places like 'Home Bargains/B&M'   They are useful for understanding the front of the engine until you develop your braille skills    

 

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Ha ha, been waist deep in the back of a 35 year old so not been on line.

Well it's all done.

We ended up going in from the top. I relayed all the recommendations from here but out of me and the two friends helping (one with Excel and Elise experience), I'm the least experienced with cars so we did it their way.

So we took all box out from around the engine.

Managed to pass the WP belt half over the WP pulley then used the starter motor to turn the crank to pull the belt over the pulley. I really didn't like the idea, but I didn't have a better one. And somehow it actually worked perfectly.

The kicker is, now I need to send it off to a specialist for a cambelt change who probably could have done the WP belt in seconds while he's there. But live and learn.

 

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Yep, that's the kick in the arse.

Can't get it there with no belts on though.

That was the plan anyway, but just to rub salt in, it looks like when the alt belt shredded it's damaged the cam belt, so I'll probably trailer it after all that.

Just one of those things.

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I'm not really mechanical, and the guys that help me out really don't want to do the cam belt.

I more than happy to pay to get it done, and have the rest of the car checked out while it's there.

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You took the engine surround out to change aux belts?  Or did I misunderstand?  Also, using the starter to wind a belt on is asking for trouble.

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Yeah, took the engine surround out. 

The guys felt more comfortable in going in from the top, so they tried that first. It did work though, and very easily in the end. 

I agree about using the engine to pull the belt on, I really didn't feel like it was a good idea. Think we got lucky there.

Definitely going to the pros for the next bit.

I wouldn't use my experience as a text book example, but we did get away with it :blush:

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Sounds like a great offer!

Non-A/C car is not too difficult.

If you managed to get the engine bay surround out easily it must have been out before as the bolts usually seize solid into the rivnuts on the body and they just turn. Takes hours to remove it the first time. I have never removed it for aux or cam belt though. Its also siliconed in. It should be re-sealed really otherwise engine fumes could get into the cabin. I used foam rubber strip in place of the silicone.

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It all came apart really easy, so sounds like I wasn't the first in there.

I've no garage facilities at all, no weather protection. Just a driveway and a box of spanners. It really is a kind offer, but I'd feel like I was taking advantage.

Is it not a horrific job?

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I remember that cartoon....I believe it featured in the Club Lotus magazine, way before the days of the internet, and was used to "illustrate" the article I wrote on changng the cam belt.... Back then, if you had an Esprit, you were on your own!!

Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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Whatever you decide for your cambelt, I would suggest replacing that now somewhat new WP belt by a new one. What is a few pounds to sleep better at night.

Something I learned about cars or planes, it all works until it doesn't anymore...sometime there is no way around it!

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