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How to replace timing belt on Vauxhall/Opel Calibra 2.0i 16V 1990-1993

Replacement Interval Guide

  • Vauxhall recommend replacement as follows:
  • To 90MY – replacement every 63,000 miles or 7 years, whichever occurs first.
  • 91MY on – replacement every 36,000 miles or 4 years, whichever occurs first.
  • 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.

Repair Times – hrs

Remove & install:
Astra/Kadett-E/Astra-F 1,00
Cavalier/Vectra-A 1,20
Calibra 1,50

Special Tools

  • Tensioning tool – Kent Moore No.KM-666.
  • Crankshaft pulley bolt socket – Kent Moore No.KM-321-A.

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 Vauxhall/Opel Calibra 2.0i 16V 1990-1997
How to replace timing belt on Vauxhall/Opel Calibra 2.0i 16V 1990-1997


  1. Remove:
      • Air filter.
      • Air intake hose.
      • Auxiliary drive belt(s).
      • Timing belt cover [1] .
  2. Turn crankshaft until timing marks aligned [2] & [3] . Use tool KM-321-A.
  3. Slacken oil cooler hose clip. Move hoses aside.
  4. Remove:
      • Crankshaft pulley bolts [5] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [6] .
  5. Slacken tensioner bolt [4] .
  6. Remove timing belt.


NOTE: DO NOT refit used belt.

  1. Fit timing belt, starting at crankshaft sprocket. Ensure belt is taut between sprockets on non-tensioned side.
  2. Fit crankshaft pulley. Tighten bolts to 20 Nm [5] .
  3. Mark 8th tooth anti-clockwise from TDC mark on camshaft sprocket [8] .
  4. Tension timing belt. Use tool KM-666 [7] .
  5. Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise until mark on 8th tooth aligns with timing mark on timing belt rear cover [3] .
  6. Tighten tensioner bolt [4] . Tightening torque: 25 Nm + 45-60°.
  7. Remove tensioning tool.
  8. Turn crankshaft until timing marks aligned [2] & [3] .
  9. Install components in reverse order of removal.
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