My gt has these white dots on the cam sproket, but there's nothing to match them up with. how do i time it with out ne thing to line up? the first time i did it, i just put zip ties on the belt and put white paint on the cam to line it up, it worked but i'm havin to put a water pump on and also having my head resurfaced so i want to know the proper way to do this. Please help!!!!!!!
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Look down to the Crank Shaft Pulley (has a large bolt), there will be a dot/line.
Turns the Crank Shaft Pulley until the gear match up to a Marking on the engine. Then all the rear & front cams should be aligned.
you need to take apart all the front of the engine until you get to the timing belt,once you are there,you are going to look for the marks on the sprokets,in the crank shaft sproket is a dot,align it whit the triangle that you are going to see back housing,the cam shaft sprokets you are going to see the marks.on the right sproket it is going to be slightly half dent foward.
On almost ALL Chevrolets Timing Marks are the Top Gear is your Cam Sproket,The DOT on the Casting goes straight Down at 6-a Clock, Then your Crank Shaft Sproket Goes Straight up at 12 A Clock. So the Dots are Meeting Each Other. This Will be TDC Top Dead Center.
If you are mechanically inclined, you can remove the tires, brake caliper, pads, assembly, disc. Remove, drive shaft nut. Disconnect tie rod end, strut, push out of place the drive shaft. Then you have to remove the ball joint nut that holds the knuckle in place and lastly you will have to send the knuckle to a machine shop to have the bearing pressed out or if you have a press, you are gold...
As you can see, it is quite some work, but it can be done under 2 hours each side.
The good news is that once you have them swaped and everything put back together. The car will feel a million times newer ;) (the "like on rails" feel)
timing on all camshaft im familiar with have a dot stamped on the gear and one on the adjacent gear it meshes with, the trick is to get the two dots to line up with each other for proper timing.
the camshaft runs 2:1 to the crankshaft, so if it wont run, that means your 180 degrees off. line everything back up the dots that is, take the belt off and rotate the cam 360 until the dots are in line again and reinstall the belt.
should fix you up.
hope this helps, good luck