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Ive been trying to set the timing on a 95' volvo 850. first replaced water pump 2 days before. finances kept me from replaceing any addition componants at that time. now im paying for it. the belt broke. is it possible to break the syncronization of the cams and the crank shaft. since the belt broke i didnt have the chance to set the marks according to the book. i have hand cranked both of the cams and crank shaft counter clockwise and clockwise to put everything on its mark. with the "clockwise" and "counter clockwise" motion of the 2 cams and crank shaft, could i have screwd things up?

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It is possible to set the timing wrong....if the belt broke well running I believe this is an interference motor..meaning if the timing is off the cylinder can move up and smack a Valve being exhaust or intake. which means a valve can break or bend cause lack of seal thus no compression. When setting the timing you want to align your marks with Cylinder # 1 it needs to be on the compression stroke..you can do this by removing cyl 1 spark plug and rotating the crankshaft with your finger over the spark plug hole you will feel air press against your finger meaning all valves are closed and your in compression stroke. Then line up your marks and you should have it...I would consider purchasing a compression tester to make sure no damage to the cylinder head....good luck hope this helps

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