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Old 09-23-2011, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Camshaft timing on 99 camry 4cyl

I need some help really bad.I'm trying to align the timing marks on my 99 camry 4 cyl and the manual is not very descriptive.I have no problem aligning the crankshaft marks to tdc but when I go to do the camshaft the book says align the marks to the front cyl.I have a couple of questions about this.#1. Do I use the two dots on the front of the pulley and point them at 11 o'clock which is pointed a little back the way the engine is laying or 12 o'clock which is straight up? #2. Do I use one of the pointers that is on the back edge of the pulley (there is a pointed one and a flat one)to align it and where do I set it 11 or 12 o'clock. I don't see any type of notches or marks anywhere on the cover or block to align them with.Any help is greatly appreciated or a diagram would be great as well.
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There are two pairs of dots, two on each of the scissor gears about an inch apart and facing away from cylinder 1 (facing away from the timing belt). When the cams are in the right place relative to each other both pairs will line up as you rotate the cams. Once the scissor gears are in sync you can remove the bolt that was holding the preloaded spring in the exhaust cam and turn the intake cam to TDC and put the timing belt on.
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First of all, welcome to the forum. Secondly, bookmark this page:

Camry FAQ ------> READ FIRST -----> Comprehensive List of Gen 3/4 INFO and DIY

here are the links you will need to check out (Located on the page you bookmarked):

1. http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t149232.html
2. Easy way to get Gen 3 (3.0-3.5) 5sfe Timing perfect
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