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The timing belt broke on our 95 elantra and im fixing it how cam

Whats the point were my car will be in time when i put new timing belt on is it lining up the little yellow marks and how do i tell if the pistons are in the right place

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You need to get a diagrm . try googel . timming marks for your car . if the belt broke while driving more then likley there is engine damage

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When setting timing after broken timing belt, how do you know when # 1 is at TDC with both intake and exhaust valves closed? What is TDC?

TDC is an acronym for Top Dead Center. It is when the piston has reached the very top of its travel and there is nowhere for the piston to go but down. If you align the timing marks on the engine, the piston will be at TDC with the valves on #1 closed.

To position your crankshaft and cam to the correct position, it should be done BEFORE removing the belt if possible. If the belt has already been removed and/or the belt was broken, the same principles apply, but you will have to go about it completely different.

Turn the engine clockwise to align the "O" on the crankshaft pulley with the "O" on the outer timing belt cover.
Remove the plug in the outer timing belt cover and look through the hole. The timing marks on the camshaft pulley should align with the cover pointer. If they do not align, rotate the crankshaft one full revolution and align the "Os" again. They should now align. When every thing is lined up like this, your engine is timed to #1 at TDC and the valves on #1 cylinder will be closed.

Now if the belt has already been removed or if the belt was broken, You may have to temporarily put the outer cover back on. You may have to put it on and take it off several times until you get things lined up. Time the crankshaft "Os" first. It will not matter which rotation you are on if the belt is not installed. (TDC is TDC - the piston doesn't really care where the valves are - that's the camshaft's problem LOL)
After the crank shaft is lined up, turn the camshaft so the timing marks line up with the pointer. Then remove the front cover and install your belt.

After setting the timing belt tensioner, rotate the engine two full turns clockwise and recheck to make sure that all the timing marks still line up. If they do not - repeat the procedure.

May 13, 2011 | 1994 Ford Ranger Supercab

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Ive been trying to set the timing on a 95' volvo 850. first replaced water pump 2 days before. finances kept me from replaceing any addition componants at that time. now im paying for it. the belt broke....

It is possible to set the timing wrong....if the belt broke well running I believe this is an interference motor..meaning if the timing is off the cylinder can move up and smack a Valve being exhaust or intake. which means a valve can break or bend cause lack of seal thus no compression. When setting the timing you want to align your marks with Cylinder # 1 it needs to be on the compression can do this by removing cyl 1 spark plug and rotating the crankshaft with your finger over the spark plug hole you will feel air press against your finger meaning all valves are closed and your in compression stroke. Then line up your marks and you should have it...I would consider purchasing a compression tester to make sure no damage to the cylinder head....good luck hope this helps

Apr 04, 2011 | 1995 Volvo 850

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How do i time my Golf 1 correctly? it consumes a lot

its tricky enough if your not sure what your doing but ill run you through it. 1. remove top rocker cover and timing belt cover. 2 make up the position of the pully on the cam shaft at the top and the drive shaft at the bottom, this marks are you fail safe incase you cant time the engine. 3 remove the timing belt and pully tentioner, note if your going this far you are as well to replace the timing belt,tentioner and water pump. 4 On the cam shaft at the top if you force them to turn you will see a small indicator mark on the shaft this mark has to line up with the other indicator mark on the housing between the cam shaft and the cam shaft pully, once they line up your top end is timed, mark up the pully incase it moves. 5 on the drive shaft pully there is also markings that have to line up but you can also feel the position of the pully as you turn it, you will feel the piston been forced up and it is timed at top dead centre on cylinder one, which means the the piston has to be at the top just before the point of returning back down, using your feeling as a guide and the markings lined up you will have timing. also mark up this pully, your new marking should be very very close to the fail safe markings you put on at the start. when you have your marking replace the timing belt with the longest distance between pully contact going on first, try not disturb your timing or your hard work will have been for nothing, make sure the tentioner on the belt is tight but not to tight to the point where you ll stretch the belt or snap it, put everything back as you found it and crank the engine, job done, best of luck. hope this helps( rate me on my answer thanks )

Aug 27, 2010 | 2000 Volkswagen Golf

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Timing belt Broken

A quick visual of the cams and valves with the rocker cover removed should tell you the amount of damage, if you don't want to go that route, and just want to try the belt, Take out a couple spark plugs to release the comp, pull the front covers, turn over the engine slowly, clockwise, till the timing marks on the crank line up, just 2 small dots, do the same to the cams, slip on the belt, the belt tensioner should be real tight to push back, then let it go, If the belt was on, you would just put the pin back in and pull the pin when you are done, Your tensioner might need to be replaced, but wait and see what else you got to deal with first, ok, belt on, turn motor by hand, anything crunching? anything getting tight? If you have the rocker covers off you can see the valves in action. I would spin it around a couple dozen times by hand, checking the timing marks, make sure they line up each time, and if all sounds good, put it back, but if you hear the slightest crunch, knock, thud, you have major damage. and running the engine will only make it worse, you will have to pull the heads, get them fixed and check the tops of the pistons, make sure there isn't holes in them. One of the first things to give would be the cams, they shatter pretty easily. Hope this helps.

Mar 02, 2010 | 2000 Hyundai Elantra

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I have a 91 300zx non turbo won't start

Are you sure the new belt didn't jump time? How was the belt tensioner when you replaced yhe belt? Did your water pump leak onto or into your crank sensor?Are you sure you have proper fuel pressure?When you replaced the timing belt, did you make sure to find top dead center on cylinder 1 ? Just lining up the timing marks may not have worked if this is indeed what you did.If you had the crankshaft rotated 180 degrees, your motor would be trying to fire on the exhaust stroke, instead of the compression stroke. To find T.D.C. disconnect your battery,rotate your crankshaft until the piston that is marked #1 in your firing order is at the top of its stroke, this can be accomplished by carefully inserting a wooden or plastic dowel into the sparkplug hole of cylinder#1. The dowel will rise with the piston and at the point where it starts to fall will be T.D.C. Now your timing marks should line up,and you will then be on the compression stroke. good luck! hope this helps

Feb 14, 2010 | 1992 Nissan 300ZX

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How do i put my timing belt on my 1999 suzuki swift i have tried to line it up and i cant get it help me!!!

with the belt off; turn the crankshaft to #1 piston top-dead-center. Next turn the camshaft until both valves on the #1 piston are closed; then: check the distributor to see that the rotor is pointing to #1 spark plug wire.(if not go around again until the rotor points at the #1 wire.) If you are correct you will now see the timing marks on the cam and, the crank pulleys.
line up the mark on the belt to the marks on the pulleys and, slip the belt on; then tighten the belt.

Oct 05, 2009 | 1999 Suzuki Swift

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take the timing belt off reset the crank at 0 with # 1 piston at TDC ensure that both cams are up at twelve 'oclock with belt on, when the tension is released and the tensioner is tightened turn the crank atleast 360 degrees and ensure that the timing does not shift before starting engine

Aug 19, 2009 | 1990 Lexus LS 400

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I just replaced the timing belts on my camary and it want start what did i miss

you didnt line up the belt.. renove cover line belt up with marks on wheel.. probablly off one tooth or so

Aug 17, 2009 | 1991 Toyota Camry

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