CORRECT CAMSHAFT TIMING MARKS AFTER REMOVAL OF CAMSHAFTS

  • Tiny
  • vr250
  • 1999 Toyota Camry
  • 160,000 miles

My car has the 2.2 liter 5 sfe engine. I am re-assembling the head after replacing the head gasket and I am having trouble with setting up the cams. I can set up the inlet cam timing with top dead center, but when I look to the marks on the rear of the cam sprockets, I have one mark on the inlet cam (no problem there), but have three marks on the rear of the exhaust cam sprocket. Which one of the three do I align with the inlet cam mark?

p.S. I did originally mark the cams myself on the out side of sprocket, but these marks came of in the parts washer DOH!

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 1:07 PM

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  • Tiny
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Checked tags and is definitely the 5s-fe engine.
It has one gear bolted to inlet cam driven by the timing belt.
Inlet cam has a second gear on it that meshes with a gear on the exhaust cam.
Will find a picture to show what I mean.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 3:01 PM
  • Tiny
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The gears circled are the gears in question.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 3:34 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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Refer to diagram. Pay attention to the service nut. Failure to set the mark correctly would result in rattling when engine is started.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 5:31 PM
  • Tiny
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Thank you all.

KHLow2008, that was the information I needed but could not find. Thank you.

P.S. ASEMaster6371, I removed the cams to remove head bolts to replace the head-gasket.

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 AT 11:05 AM

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