Gates is an OEM supplier to many companies, I have always had good luck with their products.
I consider myself a good mechanic but I don't mess with timing. Give it to a professional. This is not something you want to mess up.
What brand is the pump in the kit? Magnetti Marelli do a metal impeller pump and I’ve been using those for 16 years on my 147 without any problems. Edit: I’ll be using a Mag. Marelli water pump on my 4C when the belts are done early next year (March-April).As I'm coming up on my timing belt, looking at the Gates kit mainly for the metal water pump. Has anyone had any issues with it? Is it recommended over OEM?
The risk is that the timing marks don't line up, and that you are not schooled enough to correct a mistake here. Make sure to mark where the crank sprocket is relative to the cam sprocket before you pull the belt off. Also, make sure you mark it on the block itself. Then, if you messed up, you need to recognize it and know the tricks to figuring out the timing.... or ya know.... you get the same catastrophic engine damage that would occur if the original belt snapped.
Jamie, Thanks for putting this together!!!!!
we are stuck - the timing belt tensioner spring and the arrow do not move together. So we can leverage the spring and tensioner back into its place top left, but the arrow doesnt move at all. Any thoughts?
Check the pointer moves off the car, but I suspect you need to tighten it up more!