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Don't understand vct on 99 zx2.

I am changing the timing belt. the last one broke. i have the crank at tdc and using a bar for cam alignment. but, do i need to do something special with the vct (maybe pre-load it)?

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  • xr7390gt69 May 25, 2009

    none, its a non-interference engine

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Ok, i changed my timing belt,and water pump and the code on the computer read crank pos.sensor. i need to know why it came on. i changed the sensor,and the 02 sensor,and the car will run for a min,but then dies do you know why

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How many valves did you bend?

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