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1998 honda accord v6 . i did not lock cams in place when removing heads, how do i get everything lined back up??

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    eric shaw Jan 18, 2013

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Makes no difference just start from new ,even with no timing makrs at all you can time this engine up it was part of my exam in 1976 starting a engine by hand with all the bits in a box and no timing marks at all .Now time is getting on and i have things to do including a date tonight so lock your grannies up as this old codger is on the pull anyway if you dont get a dealer type answer then reply to this post and i will answer it in the morning .

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    eric shaw Jan 19, 2013

    can u explain how to time it. the only timing marks i have are crankshaft pulley and the timing belt drive pulley and their corresponding marks. neither of the camshaft pulleys have any marks . i let the cams slip when i removed the heads so the timing is off, how do i get it back?? please help, thankyoui s . h

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    Colin Stickland Jan 19, 2013

    Right now where was i ? yes going out well i stand more chance of winning the lottery than that but ? Now job in hand which is timing ,i havent done one of these engines as yet although their are a few around in the rover75 ,now what you do is this without the heads on turn crank to locate TDC on no1 ,which i think is front left on this engine but it doesnt matter now a spot of white paint where you can see it after belt is put on on the back of the gear to the timing case now turn engine anticlockwise a little so the piston comes down about a inch and a bit so no valves can hit anything .Then fit the head then fit the cams making sure you put some oil on the cam bearings ,now turn cams so inlet is pointing up and to the left and the exhaust is pointing up and to the right .firing order 142536 so the opposite bank its the end cylinder and make sure the valves are in the same position .Now look for a timing mark ,as although i have not done one iam sure it will either be a slot on the back of the cam or a indent in a cam cam which can easly be overlooked by anyone including me.Another favourite on older engines is a hole in the cam gearwheel spoke which aligns with a hole in the head normally a 8 mm drill bit does the job here pushed in backwards.Now another way thay can be aligned is a lump on the side of the cam aligns with a protusion on the head.If i had it in front of me i would work it out in seconds .But as stated their is something their as they do it in the factory at a fair rate of knots.Now as the firing order is not 153624 then the cylinder your looking for on the right bank could be no5 so check to see which two pistons are at the top at the same time .Yes you can use a protractor to measure the angle on the cams but you will not need to do this as the cam marks are their somehwere its just a question of knowing which i dont for this vehicle as these honda engines seem to run for ever and a day and never go wrong at all .


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