so i noticed there seemed to be quite a bit of slop in my timing belt a few days ago. i know on imports most people say oem is better but i went with the cloyes set, both belts, both tensioners, was $45 with tax and shipping. i rolled it around to the marks pulled the covers off and this is what i found!!
now, keep in mind i only decided to change the belts because the one i could see with the top cover off seemed warn and loose!
amazingly the only gear on the timing belt that was off was the oil pump and it was only by one tooth, but talk about a ticking time bomb! i have no way to know how long the balance shaft belt has been broken, but im guessing since before i even got the truck.
so here are my questions.. what are the chances that anything was damaged internally by the lack of a balancer on that side of the engine for who knows how long?
as you can see in the picture i dont have the spring type tensioner with the pin, i have the cam type.. how tight should these belts be?