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How to Replace timing belt on Renault Twingo 1 1.2i 1998-2007

Replacement Interval Guide

  • Renault recommend:
  • 6,000 mile service intervals – replacement every 72,000 miles or 5 years (tensioner pulley must also be replaced).
  • 10,000 mile service intervals – replacement every 70,000 miles or 5 years (tensioner pulley must also be replaced).
  • 12,000/18,000 mile service intervals – replacement every 72,000 miles or 5 years (tensioner pulley must also be replaced).
  • The previous use and service history of the vehicle must always be taken into account.

Check For Engine Damage

CAUTION: This engine has been identified as an INTERFERENCE engine in which the possibility of valve-to-piston damage in the event of a timing belt failure is MOST LIKELY to occur. A compression check of all cylinders should be performed before removing the cylinder head(s).

Repair Times – hrs

Remove & install:
Twingo 1,90
RH: Clio (→05/98) 1,80
RH: Clio (06/98→) 2,00
LH: Clio/Symbol/Thalia (→05/98) 1,80
LH: Clio/Symbol/Thalia (06/98→) 2,00
Kangoo 2,00

Special Tools

  • TDC timing pin – Renault No.Mot.1054.
  • Tensioner spanner – Renault No.Mot.1135-01.
  • Tensioning tool – Renault No.Mot.1386.
  • Tension gauge – Renault No.Mot.1715.

Special Precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • DO NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft when timing belt removed.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • DO NOT turn engine via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Observe all tightening torques.
How to Replace timing belt on Renault Twingo 1 1.2i 1998-2007
How to Replace timing belt on Renault Twingo 1 1.2i 1998-2007

Removal

  1. Raise and support front of vehicle.
  2. Remove:
      • Engine undershield (if fitted).
      • RH front wheel.
      • RH splash guard.
      • Auxiliary drive belt(s).NOTE: Auxiliary drive belt(s), tensioner pulley and guide pulley(s) MUST be replaced.
  3. Support engine.
  4. Remove:
      • RH engine mounting intermediate bracket.
      • RH engine mounting bracket [1] .
      • Timing belt upper cover [2] .
      • Crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [4] .
      • Timing belt lower cover [5] .
  5. Temporarily fit crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] .
  6. Turn crankshaft to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  7. Ensure timing marks aligned [6] & [7] .NOTE: Camshaft sprocket has multiple markings. Use rectangular timing mark adjacent to ‘E1-E3’ lettering.
  8. Insert timing pin in flywheel [8] . Tool No.Mot.1054.
  9. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [9] .
  10. Remove:
      • Timing belt.
      • Tensioner pulley nut [9] .
      • Tensioner pulley [10] .
      • Crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] .

Installation

NOTE: Timing belt and tensioner pulley MUST be replaced.

  1. Ensure timing marks aligned [6] & [7] .
  2. Ensure timing pin inserted in flywheel [8] .
  3. Remove crankshaft sprocket. Degrease sprocket. Degrease end of crankshaft. Refit crankshaft sprocket.WARNING: Failure to degrease components may lead to sprocket slipping on crankshaft, resulting in severe engine damage.
  4. Fit new tensioner pulley [10] .
  5. Temporarily tighten tensioner pulley nut [9] .
  6. Fit crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] . Tightening torque: 40 Nm + 70±6°.
  7. Fit timing belt in anti-clockwise direction, starting at crankshaft sprocket.
  8. Ensure marks on belt aligned with marks on sprockets.
  9. Ensure belt is taut between sprockets.
  10. Attach tension gauge to belt at warning. Tool No.Mot.1715 [11] .
  11. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [9] .
  12. Turn tensioner anti-clockwise until tension gauge indicates 145±5 Hz. Use tool No.Mot.1135-01 [12] .
  13. Tighten tensioner pulley nut [9] . Tightening torque: 50 Nm.
  14. Remove tension gauge [11] .
  15. Remove timing pin [8] .
  16. Turn crankshaft six turns clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  17. Ensure timing pin can be inserted in flywheel [8] .
  18. Ensure timing marks aligned [6] & [7] .
  19. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [9] .
  20. Turn tensioner until holes are horizontal [13] . Use tool No.Mot.1135-01 [12] .
  21. Tighten tensioner pulley nut [9] . Tightening torque: 50 Nm.
  22. Remove timing pin [8] .
  23. Turn crankshaft six turns clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  24. Ensure timing pin can be inserted in flywheel [8] .
  25. Ensure timing marks aligned [6] & [7] .
  26. Fit tensioning tool [14] . Tool No.Mot.1386.
  27. Apply anti-clockwise torque of 10 Nm [15] .
  28. Remove tensioning tool [14] .
  29. Attach tension gauge to belt at warning [11] .
  30. Tension gauge should indicate 145±5 Hz.
  31. If tension not as specified: Adjust tensioner manually. Use tool No.Mot.1135-01 [12] .
  32. Tighten tensioner pulley nut [9] . Tightening torque: 50 Nm.
  33. Remove timing pin [8] .
  34. Remove crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] .
  35. Fit:
      • Timing belt lower cover [5] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [4] .
      • Crankshaft pulley centre bolt [3] . Tightening torque: 40 Nm + 70±6°. Use new bolt.

    NOTE: DO NOT start engine without auxiliary drive belt fitted as damage may occur to crankshaft pulley.

  36. Install components in reverse order of removal.

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