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Distributor belt has snapped !

Sebastian993 said:
Out for a drive yesterday and the car felt "lumpy". Got home and ran the usual checks, all okay. Last thing to do was to check the dizzy. So I pulled the primary dizzy lead and tried starting her. No joy. To confirm my fear I pulled the cap off the secondary dizzy and the rotor turned freely! Oh dear! It's either new or rebuilt distributor time! She's on 120,000 so it was kind of expected. I've looked at all the articles on rebuilding them but due to work commitments I haven't got time. I would like to send it off and get it done. However I can't find anywhere to do this. I've now phoned 8 places listed on the Bosch service centre website.

http://www.boschautoparts.co.uk/bdl...e&strPostcode=Hp100hj&intType=1&intProduct=20

But none if them do this anymore (for the 993 dual dizzy)

Does anyone know a place in the UK that will do this?

Cheapest I could find new is design911 £695 + vat on an exchange basis and ECP £795 also on an exchange basis.

Any help appreciated.

- Seb

Hmmmm, what do you mean by 'lumpy' revs rising or reduced power, this is something that haunts me after many years ago having a 964 and the horror stories of kaput engines form the dizzy belt breaking and people carrying on driving..
 
Sebastian993 said:
Hi Zuff. Thanks I have studied all the guides and looks very do-able. As much as I would like to I literally have not got time. My options are a rebuild via a specialist or a new/recon one. I've already lined up TDC and pulled it (took 20 mins) just a matter of putting a working one in now!

Having just glanced at the guide Zuffenhausen linked to, I can see where you are coming from. :eek:
 
What are we missing here Seb? Your subject is 'belt has snapped' why do you need to replace the dizzy and not just the belt?
 
'I pulled the primary dizzy lead'

Thats the centre lead on the righthand distributer? Does it just pull off, ie grasp the lead head and pull? or does it unscrew? I'm tempted to have a look at mine.
After you have removed it, then you try and start the car, if it doesnt start then the belt has gone. Is this correct?
 
I think the part of the job that everybody is wary of is driving out the old roll pin so you can disassemble the distributor. This is not too hard providing you use the correct tools, ie, a good properly sized drill bit, punch and a proper work surface, maybe a helping hand.
If you have taken the distributor out already (did I read that correctly?) You are almost there. Any decent garage (trusted indy?) should be able to take pin out and replace the belt for you for an hours labour?
Did you check that the distributor breather tube is connected? this often causes premature failure of the belt...
 
Hi yes. I was pretty ***** about making sure the breather was always in. It's simply because its 18 years old and has done a few. Yes my dizzy is already out now looking for a trusted specialist to rebuild it (belt and bearings). Failing this I'm on the hunt for a place which sell new or recon ones for a decent price.
 
wozy said:
'I pulled the primary dizzy lead'

Thats the centre lead on the righthand distributer? Does it just pull off, ie grasp the lead head and pull? or does it unscrew? I'm tempted to have a look at mine.
After you have removed it, then you try and start the car, if it doesnt start then the belt has gone. Is this correct?

Anybody>?>???
 
ah sorry, missed it .... thanks, ive got the lid up so now im worried ill give it a go. I'm a bit OCD on these things :)
 

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