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One way to know if the time is correct with the timing belt is by rising the first piston (piston #1), it have to be at the highest point. You can measure it with the oil dipstick. Now the gears where the timing belt goes, are dots that must be align with the dots in the block engine. Make sure you use a new timing belt, do not use the old timing belt because it could get loose again.
Now, when you crank the engine, listen to way it sounds, if it sounds that it crank way too fast, then it's the timing belt. If it cranks normal, then it's not the timing belt. Make sure everything is in place. Check for fuel pressure and that the sparks are firing up. Also, if you tried to start the car with the timing belt out of place, some engines tends to damage from the inside, and if one valve is damage, your engine won't start.
The philosophy "if ain't broke do not fix", doesn't work for the timing belt. If it broke the overhead cam stops, but the crank shaft keeps moving, and the result is one or more bent valve. Normally the repair cost is ten times more, than a timing belt change. The manual recommend to change the timing belt at 90000miles. It is a good idea to replace other belts, and the water pump. Make sure to send your car to professionals. It is not rare for people to have problems with engine after replacing the timing belt. In all my cars I do it by myself. It is not impossible, but you will spend more time than a professional. If you decide to do it by yourself, then get the Haynes Repair Manual (Based on a complete tear down and rebuilt), specific for your car. I have one for each of my cars. Go to the part Engine, and use the chapter Timing belt removal inspection, and Top Dead Center (TDC) location, and put the number one piston at TDC on the compression stroke. This can be found by putting the thumb over the spark plug hole and the pressure will push your finger upward till piston reaches the upper point. This can be done by inserting a long blunt object into the spark plug hole. Note the point where the object stops moving out this is the TDC. Hope this will help.
remove the #1 sparkplug place a long screwdriver in the sparkplug hole point touching the top of the piston turn the crankshaft around until the screwdriver is almost pushed out (top dead center)
check to see that the distributor rotor is pointing at the #1 sparkplug wire it must be; if not: turn the crankshaft again until it does
then turn the camshaft around until both valves above the #1 piston cylinder are closed
this is correct; now find the marks on the belt camshaft sprocket gear and, crankshaft gear aline the belt marks with the gear marks and, install the belt
befor replacing cam belt or chains puo two valvse on no 1 cylind to the closed with the cam lobes facing away from the valves replace belt make sure rotor arm pointing at no 1 ht lead then timing is set
I own this car, and I can say confidently that it has a timing chain instead of a belt. I believe you do not need to change the chain at any point...... it is more a matter of maintenance and repair to worn guides and tensioners.
If you have the 2.0 L engine, then the two cam marks should point upward to match the notches in the valve cover. The crankshaft notch should point downwards to match the V notch in the lip of the oil pan. Hope this helps...