Submitted by - Kris Carter


This article is intended as a helpful guide and shows how I replaced the Cambelt. If you are in any doubt, or not qualified, do not undertake this maintenance, consult a qualified mechanic. The Cambelt is a critical engine component, failure to change this in accordance with the relevant manufacturers and/or procedures and/or instructions can lead to severe engine damage/failure. The author or the GT4 Drivers Club cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from use of this article.


When working on a car always use the appropriate safety equipment, chock the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving. When working underneath a raised vehicle always use axle stands.

What models of GT4 does this guide cover?

This was written for and includes pictures from the ST205. Changing the cambelt on the ST165 and ST185 is a similar procedure. Note that on the ST165 the cambelt tensioning assembly is different as this uses a spring assembly to tension the cambelt, both the ST185 and ST205 uses a hydraulic Tensioner. Also note that the ST205 cambelt is of a different length to both the ST165 and ST185...

This guide has pictures from a ST205 without ABS. The ABS system makes no difference to the replacement of the cambelt but it does make access more difficult, especially when removing the top cambelt cover!

Why do I want to change my Cambelt?

This is part of routine maintenance and the majority of cars run a cambelt which requires routine replacement. The interval at which this is replaced varies from car to car, but for the ST205 it should be replaced at approximately every 100,000km or 60,000 miles.

It may also be worth considering replacing the cambelt before the recommended service mileage has been reached. I would think that changing the belt every 5 years is a sensible period of time.

I've heard that it's advisable to change other "stuff" when I do the cambelt?

Yes. Items I would recommend changing along with the cambelt:

Other items to consider whilst you are there:

Ok, what things should I know before I dive in!

Parts to order

The shopping list will vary depending on how many parts you intend to change. The shopping list I would use would be...

No Part Name Toyota Part Number Toyota Cost Motor Factor's Cost Notes
1 Cambelt 13568-79105 32.89 ~ I would only buy Genuine
1 Tensioner assembly 13540-88480 39.22 ~ I would only buy Genuine
1 Tensioner pulley 13505-88480 71.26 ~ I can supply these, please e-mail
1 Idler pulley ~ 36.05 ~ I can supply these, please e-mail
1 Power steering belt ~   ~6 3 rib 763 length
1 Alternator belt 90916-02395 38.50 ~10 5 rib 1110 length
1 Bottle ATF power steering fluid     ~5 You will have to remove the power steering pump reservoir and so will loose some fluid

Prices correct as of October 2005

Torque specifications

All stated in Nm...

Nm Item

Upper alternator bolt

19 Lower alternator bolt
39 Alternator belt Tensioner bearing pulley nut
21 Hydraulic Tensioner bolts (2)
69 Tensioner pulley
44 Idler pulley
107 Crankshaft pulley bolt



  Jack the car up and place it on axle stands, install wheel chocks. Disconnect the battery
Slacken off the alternator belt, and remove it
Unclip the earth strap, remove the cold air feed snorkel to the alternator and undo the alternator mounting bolts (2)
Undo the alternator power connection, charging connection and lambda sensor wiring and remove the alternator from the car. Note you may have to lever this out from the securing bracket as it's a snug fit. Note in this picture the Tensioner pulley has also been removed for access purposes and also to replace the worn pulley bearing
Undo the 10mm head bolts and remove the Drivers side engine under tray - this will allow access to the engine mount and the cambelt area
Place a nice thick piece of wood under the black sump as shown. The wood is here to spread the load across the sump and prevent any nasty damage. Adjust the jack to take the weight of the engine so that when the drivers side engine mount is released the engine does not go anywhere. This is also useful to jack the engine up and down to gain a little better access to the cambelt top cover bolts etc
Next, remove the 2 upper bolts and the nut underneath that secure the engine mount to the engine
Undo the nut and bolt that secures the power steering reservoir to the car, so that you can get access to the chassis engine mount bolts
Undo the 2 engine mount chassis bolts and remove the mount. Note that the jack you placed under the sump earlier is helping to support the engine
Undo the lower hose from the power steering reservoir and drain the ATF from the hose and reservoir and dispose of the old fluid. Then, remove the reservoir completely - I also covered the ends of the hoses to prevent ingress of crap!
  Remove all the upper timing belt cover 10mm headed bolts (5 in number) to expose the cambelt etc you may find that jacking the engine up and down aids access to the most awkward bolts

Place a socket onto the crank bolt and turn the engine over (turning the engine over clockwise), until the crank pulley is aligned with the zero mark and also so that the camshaft pulleys have the "dot" at the top of the pulley, as shown.

This will provide a base setting should everything go wrong! (It won't!) If the "dot" on the camshaft pulleys are not aligned with the crank then simply turn the engine over one more time to ensure that all the marks are properly aligned

Now it's time to bring out the special tool to remove the crank pulley! The tool is the cheapest and poorest quality adjustable spanner you can find. Into this drill 2 holes to accept a couple of M8 x 1.25 bolts which screw into the threaded holes in the crank pulley.

Note that the spanner rests against the driveshaft to prevent it from turning as you undo the crank pulley bolt
The power steering belt requires removal before the crank pulley is removed. Either cut this off or, slacken the tensioning bolt and swing the pump towards the front of the car - note every belt I have done has been stiff to move and requires some "persuasion"!
With the crank pulley bolt removed the pulley looks like this. Verify that the crank timing mark is still aligned with the zero mark

Next is to attach either a 2 or 3 leg bearing puller and remove the pulley from the crank

The lower timing belt cover can now be removed once the pulley has been taken off. Note that the crank pulley woodruff key may come loose - don't loose it!
With the cover removed the first thing to remove if the "Dished washer". NOTE THE ORIENTATION OF THE WASHER i.e. the dish faces away from the engine. Incorrect later fitting of this washer may spell doom.

While you are at the crank, place some match marks on the old timing belt, either side of a mark on the crank with a marker pen or Tippex. Note from this point onwards, do NOT move either crank or camshafts, or you will have to verify that the timing is correct!

Now that the crank has some match marks, place some additional marks on the 2 camshaft sprockets. I also labelled the sprockets for Intake and Exhaust and direction of travel for the belt to aid clarity
Check, check and double check that all the match marks are lined up and are clearly visible and unambiguous, this is your last chance to ensure it goes smoothly!

Once you are happy your marks won't rub off and are correctly aligned, cut off the old cambelt from in between the crank and the oil pump pulley as shown

Simply pull the timing belt free from around all the pulleys and sprockets. Note that the camshaft sprockets WILL move due to the tension of the valve springs and the belt, do not panic, you have the original positions marked on the belt you are removing!

Before refitting of a new belt the old worn components need to be replaced. Indicated are the Tensioner, Tensioner pulley and idler pulley.

Replace each of these in turn, noting the following:

Tensioner - remove the 2 bolts from below the Tensioner to release this. On fitting a new Tensioner, thread lock the 2 securing bolts and leave the securing pin in place until you are ready to tension up the new belt, as shown in the picture - tensioning up will be the last part of fitting the cambelt

Tensioner pulley - Remove the bolt securing the pulley, NOT the bolt that secures the assembly to the block. You MUST ensure that thread lock is applied to the bolt threads on fitting of a new pulley

Idler pulley - Remove the bolt securing the pulley. Ensure that thread lock is applied to the pulley bolt before re-fitting

ALL the above bolts should be correctly torqued to prevent possible future failure

Next up is to transfer the match marks from the old belt to the new belt. Ensure that all the marks are transferred accurately. Once you have checked and checked the marks, re-check them and then it is time to fit the new belt

Slip the timing belt onto and over the pulleys. Ensure that the crank is the first position the belt is placed accurately into place, thread the belt over the other pulleys and then finally over the exhaust cam sprocket


Note that you may have to put the belt on at an angle on the inlet and exhaust sprockets in order to get the belt onto all the pulleys!

The last pulley to be aligned is the exhaust cam sprocket, (the one towards the front of the car)

Note that the picture shows how far misaligned the timing can easily become. Expect to rotate the exhaust and/or the inlet sprocket at least 1 or 2 teeth - this can give you the feeling you have fouled up, you haven't!

(If you watched the top of the cambelt when you cut and then removed the belt you will see how far these sprockets move!)

Once the belt is aligned, (can be a bit tricky), you may notice that the belt is extremely slack between the 2 cam sprockets, don't worry as long as the match marks all align the slack will be taken up by the movement of the camshaft sprockets and the cambelt Tensioner

Once the match marks have been checked, double checked and then checked again you can pull the pin out of the Tensioner assembly. By rotating the engine using the crank pulley nut you should see the slack disappear.

Once again verify all the match marks are aligned

  Re-fit all the items removed, and ensure the "Dished washer" is put back in the correct orientation.

It might be an idea to put a small amount of copper grease onto the crank to ease removal of the crank pulley in the future should the need arise


Ok, I've done that, but the car runs very badly and I see to be down on power!

I'd suspect you have done the job wrong and either the inlet or exhaust cam is 1 tooth misaligned! You will find the match marks on the head and the sprocket very hard to align with the engine still in the car. An easier method is to remove the rocker box cover and inspect the camshaft by the sprockets. There are some much clearer markings to help align the timing.

For base timing these camshaft marks should align

I removed the pin from the Tensioner but I've realised the marks now don't line up!

No problem. Attach a socket and a breaker bar to the Tensioner pulley and gently press downwards. This will act to push the Tensioner plunger back into the Tensioner assembly. This is a fairly slow process to push the Tensioner plunger back into the housing, but as this plunger moves back you should reach a point whereby you can re-insert the pin - you should now have some slack back in the timing belt. If you have lost the pin you can put in a 1.2mm Allen key or a little smaller in order to keep the plunger held back.

Anything else I should do once I have done the cambelt?

Yes, check the ignition timing.