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When you change the water pump on a 90 corola 4-door sedan are there alignment marks to get the cams back "in-time" or is there a trick to it?

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If you removed the timing belt to fit the new water pump then you have to reset the timing on camshafts/and bottom pully and ... the bottom pully has a mark on gear and casing and the KEYWAY should be dead straight up. and the camshafts have timing marks on the gears and casing behind the cover..
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