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200TDi Timing belt DIY replacement

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I'm planning to replace timing belt on my 1992 D90 200TDi by myself. I got factory and Haynes manual, but I would like to know how difficult the job really is. Are the special tools really required or can it be done without them? Are there any other parts except the belt that have to be replaced, like gaskets, seals, tensioners.. etc? The engine has 230000 km on the clock, I have no records of previous maintenance so I'm replacing the belt as a precaution.
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I'm in Rijeka. Well, everything is much better nowdays that those gloomy years of early '90... If you ever come back I'm sure you'll like it...
Well, I got the belt, gaskets are on their way, as soon as weather gets a bit warmer I'll start taking the bits off... So watch out for "HELP how do I put everything back" type of posts here...
Well, I was hoping I'll get away without special tools... has anyone tried to fabricate special tool LRT-12-044 out of the wading plug by drilling the hole through the center? That's the thingy that blocks flywheel in reqired position while changing the belt...
Done! I've changed the belt. It was a bit hard and dirty job and took two weekends! Well, now it seems that I could do it in a day... The funniest thing is that the shop where I almost bought the (replacement) belt offered free installation! :lol:

I've posted some progress pics on

Comments and criticism welcome!
worms said:
The professionals that I am about to go to say that they often find it worth replacing the oil pump while they are in there. I'd be interested to know whether this is just to rack up the cost.
I don't see why, because removing parts to get to the timing belt won't get you any closer to the oil pump which is located somewhere inside oil pan.
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