Hello everyone,

My wife's 1999 Td Di has thrown its cam belt and bust a few things in its head for good measure, so i'm looking in to what's involved in the cam belt change, timing etc.

The reason for the posting is that from what I can see the original cam belt tensioner isn't spring loaded and requires a clavis gauge to set the tension. The replacement tensioners seem to be spring loaded. Does this mean that the clavis gauge isn't required for the spring loaded variant? If so how does the tension setting differ from the details in the Haynes manual?