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Front Crankshaft seal replacement

Working on a friends 1997 VW 1.9L TD that had a leaking fuel pump, (o-ring on control shaft) Got that fixed up and car runs well but leaks oil like nobodies business from the front of the oil pan. The only other time I've seen so much oil coming out of a car like this was when the front seal was finished! I know this is a big job that will affect the timing but unlike the VW the other car had timing marks for each sproket and with just a quick look I don't see any on the VW. I find it hard to believe that there aren't any markings and may be just looking in the wrong place (hoping). I have found a proceedure on how to do the timing - OMG!!! VW'S back in the dark ages with tdc for the crank... etc. PLEASE tell me there is easy way to set the timing on these engines?

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Remove rocker cover and at the rear of the camshaft will be a slot where u can lock the camshaft into position normally a flat bar which fits tightly into slot and crankshaft will be locket via flywheel fuel pump via hole into engine block find right dia drill bit

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