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1988 Dodge Aries 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

how do I set the timing on my dodge the timing marks are gone

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 AT 7:56 PM

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Remove spark plugs. Place cylinder No. 1 on TDC. Align timing marks on crankshaft and intermediate shaft sprockets. See Fig. 3 . Rotate camshaft sprocket until 2 marked arrows on sprocket hub align with camshaft bearing cap-to-cylinder head parting line. Small hole in camshaft sprocket must be at 12 o'clock relative to cylinder head line. See Fig. 4 .
Install timing belt. Ensure timing belt is installed in original direction of rotation. Install Timing Belt Tensioner (C-4703) horizontally on large hex of belt tensioner pulley. Loosen tensioner lock nut (if necessary) to reset belt tensioner to within a 15-degree axis of horizontal position of tool. See Fig. 2 . Tighten lock nut.
CAUTION:DO NOT rotate crankshaft counterclockwise. DO NOT rotate engine using camshaft or intermediate shaft sprocket bolts.

Rotate crankshaft clockwise 2 complete revolutions to TDC. Tighten tensioner retaining bolt to specification while holding belt tensioner wrench in position. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Check all timing marks for proper alignment. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Adjust drive belts to proper tension.
Fig. 3: Aligning Crankshaft, Intermediate Shaft & Camshaft Timing Marks


Fig. 4: Aligning Timing Marks


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