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  1. Alhambra 1.8 20VT timing belt change (2002) 
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    Hi All,
    This is my first post here so hello one and all.
    I recently purchased this Alhambra and don't know its history so would like to get it up together and serviced etc.

    Can anyone tell me if the timing belt change is an easy DIY job, any special tools, known problems or just good advice. I am competent at mechanical work but have never worked on these engines before.

    Are there any good threads or videos I should watch first, I have looked but not found anything relevant (computers not my strongest skill).

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  2. Re: Alhambra 1.8 20VT timing belt change (2002) 
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    The access is awkward and the job fiddly but not much in the way of special tools required apart from some versions have a tensioner that needs a special long thin bolt and a locking pin unless you use a new tensioner which has a grenade pin type release.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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  3. Re: Alhambra 1.8 20VT timing belt change (2002) 
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    Timing belt is relatively easy job to do. You may need tools to lock the camshaft in position. Have a look on You Tube there should be a few examples of how it is done. Replace the water pump as well because you will have taken everything off and it would be crazy not to change the water pump whilst you have it stripped.
    If you are interested I have a new Gates timing belt kit and metal water pump for the 1.8 20VT engine for sale for a fair price if you are looking for one. I bought it to fit to my Alhambra but then changed the vehicle for another diesel powered Alhambra. I am located in South Wales.
     
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    No locking tools as such, just a tensioner retaining plate.
    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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