Civic Timing Belt Alignment

Discussion in 'Civic' started by acioaca, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. acioaca

    acioaca Guest

    I am trying to align my timing belt for a Honda Civic 98 LX SOHC. It is

    a 1.6L engine. The manual says to allign the camshaft at TDC with the
    two markers matching the horizontal line of the cylinder head. I can't
    get those markers aligned with the cylinder head because, when aligned
    horizontally, they are both below the cylinder head line. Also on
    cover (not the upper and lower timing belt covers) there are two small
    triangle arrows, one left and one right, that are not exactly
    horizontal (one is higher than the other). If one of the markers on the
    matches 1 arrow the other will be a couple of teeth below the arrow on
    the opposite side. I have read something about the 1.6L engines that
    need to be adjusted to the plastic bracket on the lower side of the
    camshaft pulley, the one that emulates the wheel similar to a bicycle
    that protects from mud splashing the rider. Does anyone know which
    marks I should follow (the horizontal cylinder head line, the 2 arrows

    that are a little below the cylinder head line, or the marker at the
    bottom of the wheel which looks like a bike fender)?
    Thank You.
    acioaca, Sep 28, 2005
  2. acioaca

    TeGGeR® Guest

    wrote in

    Can you at least make sure they're both the SAME AMOUNT below the head
    surface line? It must be the way you're viewing them, because they ARE in
    line with the head's top surface. Also, do you have the text that says "UP"

    That's the inner timing belt cover.

    Line the cam pulley marks to the aluminum surface of the head, not to the
    plastic cover.

    Also make sure the crankshaft pulley is still pointing at the TDC pointer.

    And make sure you get the belt tension correct.
    TeGGeR®, Sep 28, 2005
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