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Old 11-18-2018, 10:21 AM
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Hi all, I decided to tackle a water pump replacement, dropped a bolt into the timing cover so the job went from straight forward to Topsy turvy I a millisecond. I have the cover off and have replaced the guides, however, I was mistaken when I thought I had the engine set at TDC, now I can't figure out if my timing is off. When I rotate the crank to light up the notches on the cams and the crank key the right hand bank is pointing to 9 o'clock instead of straight up like the left bank. Can I rotate the right bank to match the left? I'm completely lost, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:56 PM
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Hi all, I decided to tackle a water pump replacement, dropped a bolt into the timing cover so the job went from straight forward to Topsy turvy I a millisecond. I have the cover off and have replaced the guides, however, I was mistaken when I thought I had the engine set at TDC, now I can't figure out if my timing is off. When I rotate the crank to light up the notches on the cams and the crank key the right hand bank is pointing to 9 o'clock instead of straight up like the left bank. Can I rotate the right bank to match the left? I'm completely lost, any help would be greatly appreciated.
The crank key at TDC is roughly 11'clock position. But that's not really your problem at this point. If you had the primary chain off, and either bank valvetrain moved independently of the crank, you need to download the factory service manual for your specific car/year and reference the timing section. This isn't something you want to screw up. I understand your frustration with this job. I am amazed at how many I have seen dive into timing repairs and/or components so nochalantly with this motor without doing any research. Perhaps I'm slow, but I was deathly afraid of removing my timing chain and did research for a month before I could work up the guts to do so with any certainty in my ability and understanding of the system. However, once you understand the marking system it's really pretty idiot-proof. I would also be cautious about manually moving the rotating assembly (with all chains installed) if you have any doubt that the engine is out of time as you may risk damage to the valvetrain. Use one of those telescoping pen magnets and a mirror to recover fallen hardware next time.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:06 PM
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Did you ever get your timing figured out?
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