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Having trouble setting everthing to TDC

Wanted to see if anyone has had this problem before. I am trying to align my camshafts to top dead center but wont line up perfectly. If i use a wrench to turn it to the perfect position if i let go it will get out of align.

Also is there a way to set the crank to TDC without taking out the crank pully.

Any help would be great i need to get this thing back on the road im having withdrawals.
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Re: Having trouble setting everthing to TDC

Did you set it to TDC prior to removing the old timing belt? Hope so..


You need the crank pulley off to see the arrow on the timing gear and block match up to TDC. All of the covers need to be off as well...


There is a tool available at most autoparts stores that assists in holding the gears in place - there is also another option of removing the cam covers and sticking a metal rod or object into a hole at the TDC point through the cams themselves.



Set whichever gear that will stay at tdc, and slide the belt on that one, then hold the other with the wrench and slide the belt on that one. I'm betting your a hair off because the engine sits at an angle and it looks correct... but illusion.
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Re: Having trouble setting everthing to TDC

Yes it was set before taking it out.
Thanks for the info on the cam gear tool, I'm going to look it up.
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Re: Having trouble setting everthing to TDC

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Did you set it to TDC prior to removing the old timing belt? Hope so..


You need the crank pulley off to see the arrow on the timing gear and block match up to TDC. All of the covers need to be off as well...


There is a tool available at most autoparts stores that assists in holding the gears in place - there is also another option of removing the cam covers and sticking a metal rod or object into a hole at the TDC point through the cams themselves.



Set whichever gear that will stay at tdc, and slide the belt on that one, then hold the other with the wrench and slide the belt on that one. I'm betting your a hair off because the engine sits at an angle and it looks correct... but illusion.
Drill bits work as well, if you have 2 that are the right size. Make sure BOTH of them are pointing straight up cause if they are both leaning in, both leaning out, or both leaning to either side, you can/will be off one tooth. Double & triple check the timing mark to be at TDC after you tighten the timing belt tensioner.
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