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5kcstq Timing Belt Woes

This is one woe I hope the list can quickly dispel!

I had a heck of a time tryig to find TDC on this
engine. When the mark on the crankshaft pulley
lined up with the mark on the lower timing belt
cover, I expected to see the dot on the back of 
the cam gear line up at the top of the head. No,
ok, it's 180-degrees out, turn it around, wait,
where is the dot on the back of the timing gear,
it's just not there at all... hmm, there it is,
on the _front_ of the cam gear. I see red paint
on it, and there is also a red paint mark on the
rear timing belt cover. I line them up, and check
the mark on the flywheel and its mate on the bell
housing, and bingo! This looks like TDC.

Ok, now, the 2084 tool should just go right on there,
should'nt it? Didn't work for me... had to rotate
it beyond (or was it before) TDC to get the tool
lined up with the harmonic balancer.

To make a long story short, I got the four allen-
head bolts out of the pulley, then loosened the
big bolt with my new 3/4" breaker bar, then
rotated it back to what I hope is TDC. By then
it was getting dark and I was getting hungry so
I shut own for the night. (Note: belt looks OK,
and idler wheel looks aftermarket, not OEM, so
it's probably been no more than 20k since the
belt was changed).

I'm almost afraid to remove the crankshaft gear.
Looking at it I expect to see a clean metallic
woodruff key slot, but it's dark, like it's 
got something unexpected in it. (Of, in case I
didn't mention it, I was going to replace the
front crank seal, also, since it appears to be

I'd like to see the various parts put back on
in the proper manner so that the next poor
schmuck (probably me) will have an easier time
of it.

Any thoughts, BTDTs, etc, I really need them 
this time... thanks in advance, -doug q 
-Douglas Hurst Quebbeman (dougq@iglou.com)            [Call me "Doug"]
    QuattroClub USA# 4536              Audi International # 100024
       74 100LS Auto, 77 100LS Auto, 84 Coupe GT, 86 5Kcstq   
"The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away."  -Tom Waits