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I had a broken timing belt and im about to put a new one on but i need to know where the gears should be before i put the new one on

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    steve morris May 30, 2010

    hi you say you had a broken timing belt? have you checked the compression on the vehicle before you put new belt on? if the old one broke you might have sustained valve damage or even piston damage, also a couple of more things, i have diagrams for what you need, but as there are many different types, can you tell me, what size the engine 1.6 2.0ltr etc, also if it is a 16v twin cam or just a single cam, also if you can find it, the engine type if its a HM, RF, PM EZA EZ EBN as you can see there are many types...thanks



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On the back of the top gear is a mark or line, that line should line up even with the top face of the head, on the spark plug side of the head. You'll need to reinstall the crankshaft pulley and line the mark on the front of that pulley with the mark on the intermediate shaft pulley.

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