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Can anyone please help me with pics or detailed desription on were the timing marks should be on a toyota d4 3s-fse engine, i need to know how to place the two cams and also the timing mark on the cam timing belt gear and crank mark. The cam gear has a mark through a hole on the spoke and also has a mark on the gear that could be lined up on the cam back plate, also the two cam shafts have marks on them gears two dots and at 180 degrees has a single dot which dots does one use, and which cam mark to use Cheers for help

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  • revright32 Jan 06, 2011

    Hi Lee sorry for getting back to you 7days later, i was away on holiday, this car is a Toyota Nardia 1998 model, serial number is sxn10-0009336, the engine is a 1998cc capacity. Basically this engine had what sounded to me as noisy lifters, i removed wipers, top grill, intake manifold rocker cover and with feeler gauge checked gaps on valve clearance exhaust and inlet and found on some valve gaps to be way bigger than the spec written on tag on air filter housing , i then measured each gap on valves with feeler gauge obtained new shims removed both over head camshafts and set gaps close to spec exhaust =0.33mm, inlet=0.24mm, camshafts are bolted mating the single dots on the cam cogs though at a 180 degrees from these single dots are double dots marked on both cam cogs (i do not know which ones one should use to mate the two cam shafts) . I then thought to replace the timing belt and lined the mark on crank pulley and TDC mark on timing belt cover. I lined the hole in the cam-belt gear spoke with a mark on the camshaft cap that is situated at top of cap, though there is also another mark on the face of cam-belt gear that can also line up with mark on cam gear back plate( not sure which mark to use). On starting the engine it runs fine and revs ok till a few minutes later then it starts to sound as if the piston is just clipping the valves (possibly as the engine gets hot all metal expands and piston and valves just touch though i can not say this for certain ). This is why i need info on which dots and marks to use please help me Cheers Noil

  • revright32 Jan 07, 2011

    Hi Lee this web page does not give me an option to choose euro experts, could you please advise me on how to do this, is it possible for you to pass me problem to relevant specialists to help me out, this engine is a D4 (direct injection just like a diesel engine) and is not a 4L engine as mentioned above but a 1998cc engine, thanks for looking for manuals cheers Noil



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Need the year and model and size as in liter engine in order to look this up for you to send pic and info. Engine number does not work in Alldata, Lee

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    Thank you for writing back. I am sorry i must ask you to relist the comment for our euro experts. I am in US and have no manuals on the D-4L engine i tried but no success, Kind Regards, Lee

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    all you have to do is put the listing back in-- reject my solution-- and it will direct you-- i think it reads "want another expert opinion". Regards, Lee



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