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Timing Belt Hello. I was driving along about 15-20 mph and the timing belt on my 2002 civic EX 1.7L gave way the car is a standard tranny and was in gear so the bottom of the engine was still spinning when it gave out. I pulled the belt out this weekend nd it did break in half and there are also various sections on the belt that are now bald / no teeth. I put a new belt in there and timed to the factory spec via the Honda service manual tried to fire it up she just spins and spins as if there is no compression. Can these engines be retimed 180 deg. out of time I had an extra set of eyes to check the alignment. I watched the operation of the valves and none seem to be sticking or binding from what I can tell Thanks for any help you can provide!!

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When your timing mark is up at top dead centre, and your cam mark is where you think it should be, your valves should be closed, or, both valve springs should be up. If you don't have it that way, you are out a half turn. Just have your crank in the right position, and turn the cam till the valves are closed, then put your belt on without losing that position. After your belt is on, turn it over a couple of times and see if the marks are the same place. If they aren't, you are out one tooth.

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