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Old 04-19-2004, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default Timing belt install??

While installing the timing belt the cam gears on the right hand side of the motor(left side if looking at it from front of car)jumped out of alignment. Now I'm afraid that the valves may have hit one another. As I cannot seem to turn the exhaust gear back so that it lines up. I'm thinking that the resistance I'm feeling when I turn the gear is the cam lobe contacting the lifter and hence the spring is the resistence. However I may be wrong and it might be the valves contacting. How can I tell. and what is the easiest way to fix this? The exhaust cam gear is off and when I spin it counter-clockwise to match it to the intake, it meets with resistence a few teeth shy of lining up. Is this resistance the valve's contacting or just the base circle of the cam coming in contact with the lifter?
I have the manual but it's explanation is a little vague.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2004, 08:43 AM   #2
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make sure you turn the cam back the direction it slipped from. you can stick a screwdriver or something through the spokes of the cam to hold it in place while you're getting the belt in place.

It might take a little force to move it against the springs, but just don't force it!

Your new timing belt should have several lines marked onto it which line up with the little white paint and tickmarks on the cam gears and crank gear.
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:18 PM   #3
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If I got to the point of getting the timing belt cover off, is it just a matter of making sure all the marks line up to make sure no teeth have jumped? If the marks do not line up does this mean I would have to move the belt over however many notches to correct a jumped belt?
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