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The timing belt stripped and I'm replacing it

My problem is I can't find the marks to line up the pulleys to get the engine in time. So my question is how do I time the engine?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

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Hi I'm Roy sumagui from the phils. theres a trick in there, you must first find the 1st cylinder place to the top dead center or (TDC) how would you know if its on the right position?? if you haven't disengaged the distributor yet?? U can use that as your guide, from where the piston positioned.

crank the pulley or the rotate it using a wrench and you can see the distributor head turn and make it position to no.1, if you do that i'm quite sure that the mark on your pulley is within the mark of the specified timing marks position. then all you have to do is palce the camshaft and find the marks on you cam gear and point it to the marks on your cylinder head, you will find that marks embeded or embossed..

if you have more question email me.. agent_baruroy@yahoo.com.. I'm very willing to help you.. Godbless

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