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Old 12-22-2012, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mechanical timing off??

1. Park Car and turn off engine.
2. Turn steering wheel all the way to the left.
3. Pop hood and remove two 10mm bolts on upper timing cover, remove timing cover. You might have to wrestle it out a little bit, but be careful not to scrape up your timing belt.
4. Take a ratchet and a long extension bar with 17mm deep socket and slip it into the hole in the splash guard over the crankshaft pulley bolt. Alternately, if you can't find something to reach the crankshaft pulley, you can take a combo wrench and slip the open end over the power steering pulley bolt.
5. While looking at the pointer and notch on the lower timing cover, rotate the crankshaft counterclockwise until the white mark (the mark about an inch to the right of the other 3 marks) on the crankshaft pulley lines up perfectly with the pointer/notch. Close one eye while doing it... like taking aim with a gun. Once you've done this, cylinder #1 is set to Top Dead Center (TDC).
6. Now turn your attention up to the camshaft pulley. There should be an engraved 'UP' on the camshaft pulley at the 12 o'clock position. There should also be two engraved lines at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. These two lines should line up flush with the upper lip of the cylinder head. It's difficult to see them from a side-on view because often times the power steering hose and left-front quarter panel of the car will obstruct your view. In that case, there should also be an engraved mark on the camshaft pulley at the 7 o'clock position. You'll also notice a pointer at the 7 o'clock on the plastic timing backplate. On your particular car, the 7 o'clock mark on the camshaft pulley should be just SLIGHTLY to the LEFT of the pointer on the plastic backplate. 3mm to the left of it, to be exact.

If all the above mentioned things line up, then your mechanical timing is dead on.
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