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How can you tell if a 5.4ford engine is in time before you put it back together?

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Are you asking about camshaft timing, with respect to the crankshaft?

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    Are the valve covers on, or off the engine?

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    That's good. On any 4-cycle engine, the camshaft turns at exactly 1/2 the speed of the crankshaft. First, find the number one cylinder, which will be one at the front of the engine. On dual bank engines (V4, V6, V8, V10, etc.), the cylinder closest to the front (opposite end from where the transmission attaches to the engine) is generally cylinder number one. The timing mark on the front pulley or vibration damper of the engine usually has a timing mark for ignition timing setting. The timing mark indicates "top dead center," also commonly called TDC. Rotate the crankshaft in the normal rotation direction for the engine (the direction the starter would turn it), and watch the valve lifter (or valve tappets) of the #1 cylinder, while also watching the alignment of the TDC timing mark. Both valves for the #1 cylinder should be CLOSED when the timing mark is in perfect alignment with the corresponding fixed position indicator for your engine. If both valves are NOT closed, rotate the crankshaft exactly one full turn, and recheck for valve closure. If both valves are not closed THEN ... Houston, we have a problem. The camshaft is out of time, so either it was put together wrong, or the timing belt or chain is defective, loose, or broken, and needs replaced!

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