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hey guys having some trouble after replacing timing belt and spark plugs. after putting everything back together car wouldn't start. so i put the old spark plugs in. That didn't do anything. Then i checked timing marks. everything was alligned correctly. I smelled for fuel from the tailpipe and saw it on the spark plugs i replaced. so i know i am getting spark, fuel, air. I am thinking i am not gettting compression. does anyone know if the cams can be 360 degrees off. I ask this because when i initially put the timing belt on, the RH cam was off by three teeth to the right. so instead of going three teeth to the left, i turned the cam all the way back around clockwise. I was wondering if doing this will mess up the timing. The next thing i plan to do is just move the RH cam once again 360 to see if that does anything. Any help will be appreciated.
 

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robeest said:
does anyone know if the cams can be 360 degrees off.
Yes.

You can align the cams however you want, but if its correct is another story.

I ask this because when i initially put the timing belt on, the RH cam was off by three teeth to the right. so instead of going three teeth to the left, i turned the cam all the way back around clockwise. I was wondering if doing this will mess up the timing.
Your cam is not aligned properly. Turn it another full turn (clockwise).

The cams rotate at half the speed of the crank. IE: 360 degrees of crank rotation = 180 degrees of cam rotation.

Theres 3 alignment marks. One on each cam gear and another on the crank pulley.

Timing belt instructions:

http://www.yotarepair.com/Timingbeltinstructions.html

P.S. 3VZ-FE is not listed, but you can check out the instructions for the other engines.
 

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^ That should fix it.

1. Make sure the cam gears and crank pulley is aligned properly.

2. Install the belt and rotate (clockwise) the crank pulley from TDC to TDC (2 full turns) and check alignment again.

3. If everything is aligned, your done. If not, you get to do it all over again. ;)
 

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hey thanks for all the help, i found out that the RH sprocket had two timing marks, one for 3v and one for 4v, for my model(1992 v6 camry) i needed to use the mark that was on the 3v spoke. Once i use that mark, the car started. Thanks for help. On a different note, i always have had this problem with my reservior for my coolant. It is always empty after i put some coolant into it. The gauge in the car always stays in the middle so i am not experiencing overheating. I just changed the water pump when i did my timing belt. I recently changed my radiator and the upper hose. I have noticed this event for about a year now, never bothered to figure out why because my gauge says i am not overheating. I was wondering if this was normal and if not where can the leak be. i searched the forums and found someone with the same problem, but there was not a solution that he found. Was wondering if anyone else had any ideas. Thanks in advance.
 
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