Question about 1988 Chevrolet K3500
Please help a brother out
Did your vehicle shut down while driving before
pulling over? If not then I would say that it may not be the Timing
Belt, cause your vehicle would have shut down as soon as it broke.
It is possible that the water pump has gone bad. And it is run by the Timing Belt. So, it would only make sense to change the Timing Components at the same time.
And of course the dealer is gonna be more expensive than if you call your local repair shops.
So, I would call around and inquire about your problem and then decide on which one you feel has been more truthful and have it taken to them for diagnosis.
Or if you are mechanically enclined we can assist in diagnosis by giving you places to start looking.
No the car did not cut off by itself, I pulled over and turned it off, it did however suddenly run very hot, the Temp gauge went from normal to the red zone in less than 1 minute, (the time it took me to pull over and shut it down).
First - you will need to see if you can remove the Top Section of the Timing Covers or at least get a good look at the belt and have some one bump the engine over to make sure the belt is still intact and rotates the cams.
Next - if the timing belt checks intact need to check for fuel.
If getting fuel will then need to check for Spark at the Plugs. Should be a Bright Bluish/White.
If no fuel turn key to on position and listen for Fuel Pump should run about 3 - 5 seconds and shut off. If don't hear fuel pump check relays.
Posted on Jul 02, 2009
From what I see in my manual,
1.There is a Timing Pointer on the back of the engine. There is a White mark on the flywheel. The white mark must line up with the timing pointer, for Number 1 piston to be at Top Dead Center.
2.Facing the engine, looking at the camshaft sprocket. The sprocket has spokes. On one of those spokes is the word, "UP" in raised letters, or there is a small Dot. As you can see here, the spoke with the word UP goes -> Up.
(Same thing of course if it is a Dot, instead of UP)
On the back of the camshaft gear, (Sprocket), are marks. On the edges of the camshaft gear. These line up with the top edge of the cylinder head. The surface of the cylinder head, where the valve cover bolts down to.
I'm sorry, at present I do not have a website, that I could link you to for a diagram, or photo.
Posted on Aug 13, 2009
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1986 Dodge Truck RAM 50 4WD 2.6L 2BL 4cyl
Fig. Timing belt and components-2.0L engine
Fig. Location and correct alignment of timing marks for the timing belt (camshaft)
Fig. Timing marks-2.3L diesel engine
Fig. Timing marks-2.4L engine
More details, autozone.com (free register). Good luck.
Posted on Sep 29, 2009
Line up the crank gear timing straight up, line up the cam gear timig mark straight down (so the marks are closest to each other, or facing each other). the distributor will be firing #4.
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
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