View Full Version : timing belt problem.. please help!

03-06-2011, 03:22 PM
im in the process of replacing the timing belt and i have the crank all lined up, so technically that means i should be able to fit the alignment bar right on right? but for some reason its not straight..it fits on one side but does not line up to the other side. does this mean that the timing was already off? how can i fix it to get the alignment bar to fit on?

heres some pics to show what i mean


03-06-2011, 03:31 PM
Try rotating a bit to lign it up.

03-06-2011, 03:36 PM
but if i do that, wouldnt that make the crank no longer lined up? or no longer having TDC?

03-06-2011, 03:37 PM
Is cylinder 1 on TDC on the compression stroke?

03-06-2011, 03:50 PM
Close enough. Worry about lining it up perfectly when you put the new belt on.

03-06-2011, 03:57 PM
im really not sure,.. how do i tell? pretty new at this. everything has been going smoothly till i ran into this problem. havnt been able to find anything about the bar not fitting though when the crank is lined up

03-06-2011, 03:58 PM
If you have the crank locking pin in then remove the belt to line the bar up.

03-06-2011, 06:11 PM
The way I look at it when I get confused replacing the belts is "Can I move the pulley another tooth in either direction and get it closer?" Half tooth or so isnt going to matter, technically its lined up if it wont get closer. You can always correct it by loosening the cam pulleys while leaving the bar on and adjusting the crank, then tighten the cam pulleys again. Careful they do snap if the puller isnt on correctly.

03-06-2011, 06:27 PM
Yeah, it looks like the current t-belt on there is actually off a tooth. That or there is a bit of belt-stretch going on over time. I'd take the belt off, then put your tool on there.

03-06-2011, 09:27 PM
Normal stretch.

03-06-2011, 09:50 PM
thanks so much for the input guys. i have everything off now and am just trying to take off the cam seals to replace them. im having a bit of trouble though.. i have a seal puller but it doesnt seem to help. any advice or technique on how to get the seal off?