I'm obviously new to the board here, so I would like to say hello to everyone.
I've ran into a problem installing the timing belt on my Impreza, and I was wondering if there was anyone here that could assist me. I know there is a great deal of information reguarding timiing belt replacement and I've been reading/watching a lot of it for the last 4 or 5 days. Unfortunatey, I have not yet been able to find an answer to this question. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it was already covered somewhere, but I may not know enough about my problem to formulate a proper search for it.
Now, I have to say, I'm not a mechanic. I've done plenty of simple jobs (brakes, startes, alternators) and I even replaced the rear stuts on an earlier Impreza some years ago. I went into this job with as much information as I could find and it didn't really seem all that complicated, tedious yes, but not overly complicated. I still don't really think it's complicated, but I do have a problem,
My situation right now is that I acquired the new timing belt and was working on installing it. Before I removed the old belt, I rotated the harmonic balancer to line up all of the timing marks. As far as I can tell, I have aligned them all properly. I could post the plethora of articles I've been reading (and still have open) if there are any questions about that. I had used some small C-clamps lightly tightened on both cam shaft gears to keep the marks on the belt lined up with those on the gear. When I was trying to put the rest of the belt into the ears/pulleys, something happened. There was a noise and the right side (driver side) cam gear rotated ~45 degrees. Now it dioesn't seem to want to move or line up again. I don't know what the noise was and it may just have been the C-clamp striking something as it rotated, though I don't think so.
The big question is, how much trouble am I in? The other querstion is what can I do to get the right side gear to line back up again? There's lots of information about how they do become 'stuck' due to the sprnig pressure of the valves, but anything that I've read indicates that the crank shaft gear should be aligned and then I can align the cam shaft gear. The problem is that the crank shaft hear is aligned now, has been, and never moved. I just want to avoid moving things that shouldn't be and making guesses that could cause further damage.
Any insight into this would be appreciated.
Edited by Arcady, 18 December 2013 - 05:15 PM.