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Water pump I am going to replace the water pump and the manual calls for top dead center cyl 1. Why? I know I am going to be removing the timing belt but as long as it is marked - why does it matter where the pistons are. Also I #1 plug seems to be behind the gen. mount. Spark plug hard to get any trick? Also how in the world am I going to tell TDC with this set up. I am assuming that piston 1 is top left - how I'm going to determine TDC I don't know at least the way the book explains it - look to see when #1 is at the top of the stroke - hello is every one else Houdini but me? 1993 6 cyl 3.0 L

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Once you remove the timing belt covers,rotate engine,by hand via cranckshaft bolt (only in direction of normal engine rotation,i believe clockwise on that) and aligne all timing marks. At this time your engine is at #1 tdc..Follow manual and change belt.....Good Luck!!!

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