Thanks for your reply Doc. I haven't checked the piston positions via plug sockets, will do tomorrow to confirm. But here are a few more details that will explain why I think the cams are 180 deg out:
I removed the timing belt cover and used a socket to turn the crankshaft sprocket until the alignment notch on the sprocket was in line with the TDC mark.
The timing belt was still on. The camshaft sprockets each have a punched alignment dot which at TDC should line up between two punched alignment dots that are above the camshaft sprockets, on the timing belt casing.
But when the crankshaft sprocket is at TDC, the camshaft sprocket alignment marks are not immediately below the casing dots, at the top of the sprocket. They're on the bottom of the sprocket.
My Haynes repair manual description and pictures show that the sprocket marks and casing marks should be beside each other when aligned, not separated by the diameter of the camshaft sprocket as they are on my engine.
Since all this is clear as mud, I'll try to post a picture asap. Thanks again for any and all replies to my question.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 AT 5:47 PM