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New timing belt on my '92 960 will not clear tensioner roller

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New timing belt on my '92 960 will not clear tensioner roller

Post by jdm1 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:06 am

Hope you guys can give me some help. I am changing the timing belt on my new to me '92 960 sedan. No service records came with the car so this was first on the list. Got a new Aisin water pump and timing kit and got everything apart. I had lined up all the timing marks before removing the old belt. Got all the new parts in and started to put the belt on. I kept the belt nice and snug until I got to the tensioner roller. Now I cannot get enough slack to get the belt over the tensioner roller. It looks like I need about 1/8 of an inch. The belt has no slack in it and is positioned correctly on the crank. Am I missing something? Should it be this hard to get the new belt on? No, I have not pulled the hydraulic tensioner pin. This is my first 960 TB. I do not remember fighting to get the belt on any of my red-block engines. Thanks John


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Re: New timing belt on my '92 960 will not clear tensioner roller

Post by RickHaleParker » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:13 pm

Look at the bottom of the crank gear.
May sure the belt is on the bottom of the Crankshaft gear and not on the guard next to the bottom of the Crankshaft gear.


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Re: New timing belt on my '92 960 will not clear tensioner roller

Post by Gwbunce » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:12 am

Compress the tensioner with a vice and invert a pin that you can remove after installed. Volvo has a special tool for this but I always found ways to hold the tensioner back while you slip the belt on.



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