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It does look loose. If there is only like 500 miles on that timing belt, something else wrong like the tensioner. On the other hand, if there is like 120,000 miles on the belt, get it done ASAP!!! A timing belt is cheap, a new head isn't. I would suggest getting a kevlar timing belt like a greddy or power enterprizes, and if you are a baller, then get the purple HKS hood bling belt.
 

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If your unsure of the last time it was changed I agree a new timing belt is very important! Wether its loose or not. If your not a baller a oem timing belt always does the trick aswell.:)
 

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The timing belt was changed shortly before I bought the car a month or so ago. I'm assuming the same mechanic that did it also put on a new tensioner. My question is from looking at it does it look loose at all? Like as in if I drive it it will fall off and skip teeth?
 

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Its normal. When the car starts it will get much tighter.
 

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Hey thanks for your help guys I was just double checking. I took the new belt i bought back and got my cash back. Awesome.
 

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you won't feel the tensioner from where your pushing. thats just the belt stretching. The cam gears are to close together, and that belt wraps around each gear to much to be able to move a tensioner.

think about it.
 

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yea that's normal. Depends on where the motor stops running, sometimes leaves a bit of slack between the cam gears.
 

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+10 Normal.
 

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I think that the dsm'rs have spoken. I would get out there and enjoy that sweet dsm you have!!! Good luck with everything!
 

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It can even be tighter or looser than that depending on where the engine rests because the springs can cause the cams to rotate towards or away from each other.

The only way to really know if the tension is correct is to measure the gap on the tensioner (which means taking off the timing cover).
 
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