That's half the fun, working on 'em.From Adelaide . Mainly a weekend rider . Just an ol' fart (54 ) that like a spirited ride . Like a good yarn on MC's , but don't like to put a spanner on one.
I agree, i had a 2000 Audi 1.8t A4....to change the belts you have to completely remove the front end....what a nightmare. Easy money for the dealer though, they know most people can't or are not willing to go through that trouble.That's half the fun, working on 'em.
The main difference between muscle cars of the 60's vs cars today.
Back then it was easy to hop in the engine bay and adjust valves or tweak something.
Now you can't even find the engine without a phone call to NASA.
They're only made to be assembled, not to service.
Like the genius who decided to use a timing belt, but didn't design the engine with belt replacement in mind.
So you have disassemble the car and engine to replace one stupid little belt.
My daughter had a late model Mercury Cougar (POS) that had a tendency to eat alternators.
To replace the alternator, you have to remove the right front suspension to pull the alternator through the wheel well. Great design there.
My old '72 Datsun 721 pickup had a double-row roller chain as a cam chain.
It was auto-tensioned by oil pressure from the gallery, and the tensioner had an oil jet that sprayed oil onto the chain.
Now THAT was a great design and utterly reliable. I never had to do anything to that chain.
That's why, when I look at the simplicity of spur gear drive cams over timing chains or belts, I go...Ahhhhhh.