Failed emissions due to timing? Can it be?

Phil Rose pjrose at
Thu Apr 8 10:11:04 EDT 2004

At 7:04 AM -0400 4/8/04, Alan Cordeiro wrote:
>  you still end up aligning
>the timing marks on the CAMSHAFT pully to the (rusty, almost invisible)
timing mark on the flywheel.

I'll repeat (again) my advice to all timing-belt DIYers: invest about 
15-20 bucks in a high-intensity flexible-shaft inspection light. 
Sears sells one; and the one I have (from Pep Boys) is called 
"Sidewinder". It has a bare, focused mini-bulb at the tip of a 12" 
flexible extension (making the total length, including the battery 
grip, about 18"). With this tool you can easily place a tightly 
focused source of light right _inside_ the flywheel opening. Then you 
will find that the flywheel marks are anything but "almost 
invisible"--they become very easy to see. A regular flashlight or 
worklight is not nearly as effective as it tends to cast shadows 
and/or reflect stray light back into your eyes. Once I started using 
this device I wondered how I ever did without it.


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at

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