1996 Toyota Camry



August, 18, 2010 AT 4:03 PM

Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 160K miles

In my haste, I forgot to mark the position on the original timing belt when I removed the water pump. Stupid me. If that wasnt bad enough. The crank and cam were not positioned to any timing marks prior to removal. I do want to be clear though, The cam and crank have not been moved at all since the removal of the belt and the timing was fine when I took it off. So How do I go about putting a new belt back on this? I can post pics if needed. This is the single overhead cam type with two guide rollers, one being spring tension type. Please help! Need my car back. Wife is agitated.

2 Answers



August, 18, 2010 AT 4:41 PM

Here's a picture. The crank mark is shown with the cover and pulley in place but I believe there is also a mark on the inner part of the gear. the keyway faces straight up. The cam gear has a hole in it that aligns with a hole in the head.

This is not an interference engine so you can rotate the gears manually without damage.




August, 18, 2010 AT 5:05 PM

Your negative feedback response below-if you didn't like my answer all you have to do is request a refund you don't have to go that way, I'm trying to help here buddy-


I have the timing belt off. no marks have been made. Please re read my post. How do I put the new belt on without moving the shafts? Or do I? I do not have the cam and crank currently positioned. Nor

If you are changing the belt and the cam and crank are not disturbed all you have to do is slap the belt on and tension it-You don't have to do nothing to the belt-I can do this vehicle's valve timing blind folded-I do Camry's everyday in my shop. Cold Blooded

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