Question about 1999 Mazda Protege
The information the previous tech gave you was correct, however if your marks were not aligned (slightly pointing down) on removal then you have to either reinstall in the same position, or adjust the crank position after you align the cams.
Your car will not start because your timing is off.
Here is a diagram to help explain your positions:
Align your crank shaft so that the indicator is pointing up as in the diagram, then check your cam position marks. Correct them as necessary.
This is an interference engine, so incorrect installation will result in valve damage. If you were only off by one tooth, you may will likely be alright.
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Posted on Sep 26, 2009
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