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2001 pt cruiser. Timing is not aligned. The holding tool I used to remove the cam sprokets slipped. The exhaust sproket is 180 off. How do I fix that without screwing up the valves/pistons

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You can fix this by setting the bottom end of the engine center stroke then rotate the cams to the proper alignment markrotate the bottom end slowly in a clockwise motion back to top dead center :)

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