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1984 toyota corolla timing problem

I have just replaced timing belt in my 1984 corolla sr5. I have literally set everything i can think of to where it should, in theory, be. The cam pulley is at 0, the crank is at -5 btdc as spec'd by my manual, and the dizzy is set to fire on the number 1 plug. Everything is lined up before, and AFTER i run the car, but when i run it, my timing light shows that it is WAY off and the number 1 plug is firing at something like -30 btdc. But as soon as i shut the car off and recheck everything, its all still lined up. I am at my whits end, as I am new to mechanic stuff, and was really hoping this would all turn out well. If anyone has ANY ideas, PLEASE let me know asap. Thanks.

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  • si1lypanda Feb 19, 2009

    well, she's running. got a leak in the thermostat housing now lol. stupid old cars. anyway thanks for all the help. i will most definitely come back to this site in the future. i greatly appreciate all the help. Thanks. =)

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    I have answered your question on your pther request for assistance. Please retime the crank pulley setting with ZERO instaed of -5 BTDC. That spec is incorrect.

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It almost sounds to me like you're out half a turn on your cam. Set your crank to "0", and the mark on your cam should be straight up, or, valves closed. Take the rocker cover off if your not sure, and make sure the valves are both closed on #1 cyllynder. (up all the way). Put your belt on, without moving the crank or cam. Paint the belt at the mark with some white out, or paint. Turn the engine over with a wrench. Two revolutions. If the white mark you made doesn't exactly line up with the timing mark, you're still out. Even one tooth will screw you up.

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