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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport NewTiming Belt is Slightly Off Time

Lined up all timing marks and everything rotated perfect, too perfect I ran the engine after reninstalling everything and it was slightly ruff off the bottom, and making a light ticking sound. I lined up the right edge of the crank position center detection plate with the TDC mark listed in the picture below. The painted groove of the sprocket seemed to line up with the plate and since they move together it seemed like that was the indicator for TDC. I noticed when I reinstalled the crank drive pully that top dead center indicator for checking ignition timing was 10-15 degrees off of the crank gear indicator mark. I also noticed that with the old belt, the timing marks on the cam shafts were off by a tooth or two in oposite direction when TDC was centered. I plan on finding true top dead center on the number one spark plug tomorrow and aligning the cams again. It should have been dead on What Gives?

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the timing marks on your crank and cam crank need to be one on top of the other if you understand what i mean. anyway if this is done correctly, your cam should make two revolutions to one of the crank thus after one full revolution of the crankshat gear your camshaft gear should do 2 revolutions and you timing marks should be next to one another

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there should be a haynes book with that info at you parts store,,,$20

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I had a 2.4 L engine in a caravan and replace the water pump that was controlled by the timing belt.
I was having the same problem, I called my bother in law to help. The crank shaft has to stay perfectly timing on the low end. The cam shaft marks are set exactly one half of a tooth apart. So when looking at it, The left side cam gear mark is a half a tooth higher then the right side. Then you have to try and slip on the belt . That is the easy part. When letting go of the timing belt tensioner the marks should line up perfectly across from each other. You have to take off the belt again and make sure you keep correct tension on the crank shaft so the mark is not moving when you are putting on the belt. There is a web site call The web site cost a few dollars but it willl give you a detail instructions on how to time the engine with pictures to guide you. This is the same web site the pro's use.

I hope this has been helpful.

Oh, by the way you are lucky because the engine is not an interferrence type , so you can not damage the valves at least. Since you know the oil pump is out of time , check all the spark plugs again , they are probably oil soaked .

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It's been a while since I've done a Mitzi. Main belt on crankshaft pulley (should be the biggest) another belt for power steer / A/C - tensioner ok? Although that wouldn't make it run like a old dog. Should be straight forward, locate each of the marks all in line with --> & ....t's. Have you done a timing light check? Good luck hope that adds a little more to think about.

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the tapping is probably a rocker that isn't adjusted right. The valves will not hit the piston if you're off by one tooth, but the engine will not have much power. The piston is on compression when both valves are shut and the piston is moving up (the cams should be on their marks when the piston tops out on compression). Otherwise, if on exhaust stroke, the exhaust valve will be open until the piston reaches the top. Make sure you have adjusted the valves properly and that the engine has good power. You're doing pretty good so far...

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