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August 11, 2013, 11:43 am

Jolene T

Question: Timing belt stripped, how do I ensure crankshaft and camshaft are properly aligned?

My timing belt had a portion of the teeth stripped off and stopped working while I was idling (thankfully not on the freeway!). I have some mechanical experience and the Haynes manual for my car.
I did not immediately realize that the problem was a stripped belt and attempted to restart the car several times. This allowed the crankshaft drive belt pulley and alternator to turn independently of the camshaft sprocket.
After replacing the timing belt and water pump, how do I make sure the timing between my crankshaft and camshaft is aligned properly?
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August 12, 2013, 2:12 pm

Richard W
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If you have the Haynes manual it will show you the timing marks for the cam and crank gear. The crank gear just lines up. The cam gear will have a up on it. That means the up goes up and the timing marks on the side of the gear line up with the head. After you are done the valves mite be bent. I would do a valve adjustment to see if all the valves are close to the proper adjustment. If one or two are way loose you could have bent valves. If any are loose I would do a compression test on the cylinder. If no compression that would mean you need to take the head off and do a valve job.

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