I have the 3.2L SOHC and the timing marks are basically diametrically opposed. This diagram looks like the DOHC. And the information I have seems to indicate that it is an interference engine.
I think my best bet at this time is to reassemble with the new timing belt and see what happens. I have replaced the water pump and am doing the work myself. I will replace the timing belt and "give it a whirl"
The belt I have has hash marks for the cams and it has a dotted hash mark that appears to be for the crankshaft, but in order to align the dots with the crank I have to reverse the belt and the writing is backwards, (right to left instead of left to right) The cams seem to line up with the marks either way.
Does it matter which way the belt is facing as long as everything is lined up correctly? Or is the belt direction oriented for some reason?
Thanks again for all your help, you've been great. I recommend this site to my friends and you can bet I will consult you before "changing unnecessary parts."
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 8:10 AM