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Hi have changed timing belt after it broke as per marks

I have spark n feul but wont start

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  • kathyshearer Jun 30, 2009

    finding correct marks seems to be problem have found scibe line on cams and only v mark on crank and that is tdc and info appreceated

  • kathyshearer Jun 30, 2009

    hi found crank mark ;-) with key way at six o'clock at 12 o'clock approx is a crank senser mark with a scribe line on it i re set it to that and it goes all good

    hope this helps others in future

    big ash66



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You may have bent some valves in the head or the belt has not been fitted correctly
Check engine compression and correct timing on engine
Hope this has helped

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