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Old 6th January 2013   #1
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Clio 1.2 8v D7F Cam Pulley Removal

Hi All

Just a quick one: I'm in the process of a head gasket replacement. I'm having trouble removing the cam pulley to replace the seal.

Is the rotation direction to loosen, clockwise and not anti-clockwise, given the normal rotation of the cam is clockwise? Or is it just a very highly torqued bolt?

Or can I remove the whole camshaft from the other end to achieve the same result?

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Re: Clio 1.2 8v D7F Cam Pulley Removal

Will be anti clockwise to loosen. And it will be tight.
If you're lucky there are some flats on the camshaft to fit a spanner or you'll have to jam the pully somehow.
Air gun might do it if you have the gear.
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Re: Clio 1.2 8v D7F Cam Pulley Removal

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Air gun might do it if you have the gear.
Ahhh... got one right here in... my... nah.

J/K, thanks for the suggestions Dave!

Right, on reinspection there are two options I can see:
  • On the camshaft shown in one of the attached photos, there is a square section which could be used to brace the shaft. Is this wise inside the case?
  • In the other photo - I should be able to hold the pulley using something solid against the mouldings of the head (you may be able to see the marks where I've tried with a big screwdriver) or use some wire/rope to bind the pulley to the studs at the inlet and exhaust sides... is this too risky given the amount of torque that will be needed?

I'll use some Plus Gas at the same time.

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Re: Clio 1.2 8v D7F Cam Pulley Removal

If you are still playing-

This is what I would try if you can't hold the flats on the cam.

Presuming you have a 1/2 socket set.
Fit as big of a socket as you can through the pulley and into the core plug hole.
Fit as many extensions as you have into socket.

Use your breaker bar on the bolt and hold the extensions straight while you undo it.

Put the head on the floor and get someone to hold it. Don't want to break your table

Don't need plus gas.
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Re: Clio 1.2 8v D7F Cam Pulley Removal

Thanks Dave

Jammed an extension against the flat edge of the shaft and the head casing, perfect but, no matter how hard I tried, I could not shift it, even with a hammer. I'm about 19 stone BTW and I used all of it. Gave up. It's not leaking, was replaced maybe 20,000 miles ago, along with the cam belt, etc, when a couple of valves and the water pump were replaced. So I did the tappets instead. Have a new problem now...

The elbow connector which attaches to the water pump and the radiator hose snapped when putting it on the new pump. So brittle! Damned if I can find a part to replace it online.

http://www.renaultforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=146447

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