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TDC notch on Crank pulley off???

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by jiipin, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. jiipin

    jiipin Guest

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    Hi everyone - I've been lurking for a while, but decided to join up & say hi. I have a '00 ZX2 with 183K. I just did the timing belt today, and am now really frustrated as it runs much more sluggish than before and still throws the P0340 Camshaft Code.

    I think I know where I might have messed up, let me know what you think:

    I first used a long screwdriver to bring cyl. # 1 to TDC, but then noticed that the timing notch on the crank pulley wasn't aligned - it was clockwise past where it should be by 20 or 30 degrees. I decided to trust the timing notch on the pulley, lined it up that way (although the screwdriver wasn't TDC), and finished the job. Now it's sluggish as hell, and when I graphed ignition advance vs rpm, the graph is opposite what it should be. When the rpms go up, the timing advance goes down.

    Can someone tell me if it's possible for the crankshaft pulley timing notch to be off? If so, how?
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    You sure your looking at the right timing mark? I always use the TDC method either with a screw driver or the timing kit that you can buy. If #1 is TDC make sure your cams are set for that .. you should be able to slide a small piece of metal on the backside of the cams.
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    The notch should be lined up with at the angled part of the raised portion of the block, about (-)45 degrees looking at it straight on?

    Does the harmonic balancer only go on/off one way, or could it have moved or spun somehow?

    Also, if the timing was off, would that be a reason for rattley metal sound above idle?

    Thanks,

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