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My 1988 subaru gl has a timeing problome need marks

I have the 1988 subaru gl,the timeing went on me from the belts they were bad so I replaced them but now I think my timeing may be off a bit cuz it will not start so I placed both polys at the right spot,but is there a middle poly that has to be turned up with the others?and how would I do that?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    if the belt was replaced and all marks where lined up the timing WILL NOT change, if it did change the belt is on wrong and must be redone.



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In the back of the engine you will find a rubber plug that covers a hole in the bell housing. Remove the plug and on the flywheel there are timing marks. you have to turn the engine over clock wise untill you see them. There are 3 lines, line up the middle line with the pointer, put the left cam shaft sprocket mark straight down and the right cam sprocket mark straight up, and install the belts.

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