Question about Pontiac Grand Am
Cant get it timed after replacing head gasket
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Timing Chain
dont kill the messenger but here's a link how to do it and it's a fairly big job .good news is you can leave the engine in the car to do it but you'll end up striping down the whole top end and all the plastic guards on the front . anyways click here if your up for the challenge . same thing in my own garage w8ing for parts.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
YOU WILL SEE A HOLE IN THE CAM GEAR THAT A 3/8 BOLT WILL FIT INTO. PUT A BOLT INTO THE HOLES OF BOTH CAM GEARS. THEN LINE UP THE CRANK PULLEY KEYWAY AT ABOUT 12 O'CLOCK WITH THE MARK ON THE ENGINE BLOCK.
MAKE SURE TO COMPRESS THE CHAIN TENSIONER AND RELEASE IT WHEN THE CHAIN IS IN POSITION.
Posted on May 31, 2009
Hello gortek_onl. My name is Roger and I will help you. GM does not provide a clear picture of the timing marks. Only that special tools are required to replace the belt. That being the good news. Now for the bad. The engine in you car is known as an interference engine. What that means is when the timing belt breaks or becomes loose and jumps time. The pistons will interfere with and bend any valves that happen to be open. This not only damages the valves but also the pistons. So to make a long story short. If the belt broke and the engine was turned over or crank over with the engine out of time you did damage the engine. Pull the front valve cover and look at the valve springs. If they are down and not up close to the camshaft.than you will need to pull the heads for a very expensive repair. ( Valve job ) I attached the best picture i could find of the timing marks. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer you received. THis way I know it was helpful. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
Posted on Mar 27, 2010
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Do you have the timing belt on and the tensioner set correct? If so, just rotate the crankshaft around until the notch on the crank sprocket is lined up with the pointer on the oil puimp housing (TDC). Now the camshaft sprocket's notch or pointer should be at the top and exactly in line with the mark on the rear timing belt cover. If it's not correct, you'll have to release tension on the belt, remove it, and set the camshaft to the mark. But before you do that, turn the crankshaft back (counterclockwise) just three notches. Then you can turn the cam to line up, then return crank to line up, and continue with belt installation, setting the tension, and re-checking timing marks after rotating the crankshaft a couple of revolutions. Once you know the timing is set to TDC, no further timing adjustments are possible, because the computer controls timing. I don't know how important it is, but just to let you know: Chrysler recommends after belt removal or replacement that one perform the "crankshaft and camshaft relearn alignment procedure" using the DRB scan tool (Chrysler's scanner device) or equivalent scan tool.
And the firing order on all four cylinder engines is the same: 1 3 4 2.
I hope this helps you out. Cheers.
Posted on May 12, 2012
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