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Does a 93 mazda mpv V6 have to be at TDC before timing belt is installed

I'm installing a new timing belt on a 93 mazda mpv V6. the old one broke at idle and i have all the timing marks alignd but the rotor isnt pointing at #1 on the distributor or just a bit before #1. its pointing after #1 half way between 1 and the next wire. does the motor need to be at the 8 degrees before or will it be in time as long as the marks all align properly.

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SOURCE: 2002 mazda poetege> correct timing mark alignment.

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SOURCE: 1991 mazda b2200- timing belt changed

The keyway and or the dot on the crank should be line at 12 oclock. You will see a point on the oil pump housing to go by. On the camshaft the pointer will be at 12 oclock also. Use the O on the camshaft to the top at mark. Be sure to look at the dist. roter to make sure that it is pointing at the #1 spark plug wire. I could get 180 out of time. If you do it right it should start up right away. then you can use a timing light to finish it.
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SOURCE: I have a 95 mazda

Is you harmonic balencer back on? If it has timing sencer, it won't fire if it does'nt know when to fire.

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SOURCE: 1997 Mazda MPV, 3-Ltr. V6, destroys Timing Belt

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Hi, not sure which variant of the B6 engine you have, but here are the diagrams I could find for the B6. Please let me know if these don't look right or if you have more questions.

1995 1.6L, 1995-98 1.5L and 1.8L (except K8) DOHC Engines
See Figures 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the timing belt covers.
  3. Turn the crankshaft until the timing mark on the crankshaft sprocket aligns with the timing mark on the oil pump.
  4. On the 1.6 and 1.8L engines, align the E and the I marks on the camshaft sprockets are aligned with the marks on the backing plate (they should point down and towards each other at approximately a 45° angle).


Fig. Fig. 11: Cam and crankshaft sprocket alignment marks for the 1995 1.6L and 1995-98 1.8L (except K8) DOHC engines

  1. Remove the crankshaft pulley lockbolt and pulley boss.
  2. Lower the vehicle. Insert a camshaft sprocket holding tool between the camshaft sprockets.
  3. Loosen the tensioner pulley lockbolt. Pull the tensioner pulley away from the center of the engine to reduce the tension on the timing belt.


Fig. Fig. 13: Loosen the tensioner lockbolt and pull it away from the belt to reduce the tension on it

  1. If the timing belt is to be reused, mark the direction of rotation on the timing belt. Remove the timing belt.
  2. To remove the tensioner, unhook the tensioner spring, and remove the pulley lockbolt and tensioner.
  3. If necessary to remove the sprockets:
    1. Hold the camshaft by using a wrench on the cast hexagon, and loosen the sprocket mounting bolt.
    2. Remove the sprocket bolt and the sprocket from the camshaft.
    3. If equipped with a manual transaxle, place the shift lever in 4th gear and apply the parking brake. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove the flywheel dust cover and install a flywheel locking tool to hold the flywheel.
    4. Remove the crankshaft sprocket bolt, sprocket and key.

To install:
  1. On the 1.5L engine, install the camshaft sprocket, aligning the dowel with the letter Z mark.
  2. On the 1.6L and 1.8L engine, install the camshaft sprocket, aligning the dowel (which should be pointing straight up) with the letter I mark on the intake side, and the letter E mark on the exhaust side.
  3. Install the camshaft sprocket bolt. Hold the camshaft, on the cast hexagon, with the wrench and tighten the bolt to 37-44 ft. lbs. (50-60 Nm).
  4. Install the crankshaft sprocket and key. Align the keyway with the timing mark on the oil pump housing.
  5. Install the crankshaft sprocket bolt. Install the flywheel locking tool, if equipped with automatic transaxle, or place the shift lever in 4th gear and apply the parking brake, if equipped with manual transaxle. Tighten the bolt to 116-122 ft. lbs. (11-20 Nm).


Fig. Fig. 14: Install the timing belt onto the sprockets following the numbered sequence for 1995 1.6L and 1995-98 1.8L engines

  1. Make sure the timing marks on the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets are still aligned.
  2. If removed, position the tensioner with the spring fully extended, and install the lockbolt tightening the mounting bolt to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
  3. Install the timing belt. If reusing the original timing belt, make sure it is installed in the same direction of rotation.
  4. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise 1 5 / 6 turns and align the timing marks. Make sure all marks are still correctly aligned.


Fig. Fig. 16: Measure the timing belt deflection to determine if the proper tension has been set

  1. Loosen the tensioner lockbolt to apply tension to the timing belt. Tighten the tensioner lockbolt to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm). Remove the holding tool from between the camshaft sprockets.
  2. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise 2 1 / 6 turns and make sure all marks are still correctly aligned.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Install the crankshaft pulley lockbolt and boss. Tighten the bolt to 116-122 ft. lbs. (11-20 Nm).
  4. Install the timing belt covers.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.

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