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My 01 kia 4 cyclinder is missing on the number one cylinder. I replaced the timing belt and know that the marks are dead on. When I took the plug out it had lots of spark but was dry and black like it wasn't firing.

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If the belt was broken before you replaced it, you probably have a bent valve on number one cylinder. Perform a compression test to verify this.

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.

  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

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1. Disconnect negative battery cable.

2. Loosen power steering lock bolts and nuts accordingly and remove tension from power steering (P/S) and/or air conditioning (A/C) compressor drive belt. 3. Remove P/S and/or A/C drive belt.


4. Loosen generator mounting bolts and adjusting bolt. 5. Remove generator bolts.


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14. Remove timing belt.

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The cams themselves usually don't have an alignment mark, but the backing plates behind them do, and there are marks on the timing belt as well. To properly time the engine, what you need to do before taking the old belt off is to put the engine in a particular position, with cylinder number one at top-dead-center on the compression stroke. This is how to do it.

First, find out which cylinder is number one. If you have a four-cylinder engine, it's the one closest to the belts, farthest from the transmission. If it's a V6, there may be casting marks on the engine that tell you which is number one. Remove that cylinder's spark plug and leave the hole open. Put your hand over the hole, and have someone "jog" the engine - turn the key in quick shots, 1/4 of a second or so. What you want is to feel a blast of air against your hand. That's how you know that cylinder is on the compression stroke. Once you feel that, stop jogging the engine. Put a very long, thin rod (one of those telescoping magnetic wands available at the parts store for $1 is perfect) down the hole and rest it on the piston. Then, put a socket on the crank pulley and rotate the engine (make sure it's in neutral) and watch the rod raise up. When it stops rising, the piston is at the top of its travel (top dead center position).

Now, look at the timing belt - the marks should be very close to the marks on the backing plates behind the cam gears. Use the socket and ratchet on the crank pulley and rotate the engine further until the marks are aligned. Once they are, you are ready to remove the belt and replace it. When you replace the belt, put it on so that the timing marks on the new belt line up with the timing marks on the backing plates behind the cam gears and the crank pulley.

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