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Re: [T3] TDC issues

On 12 Mar 2002, at 14:05, PunkDork55@aol.com wrote:

>     I found TDC for cylinder #1, using a screwdriver in the sparkplug hole, 
> and both the valve clearances are correct at this point, but the mark on the 
> pulley doesnt line up with the case, this should be ok, right?

It's hard to find TDC accurately this way, because the piston travels very 
slowly near TDC. This leaves a wide ambiguous area so it's hard to be sure 
where actual TDC really occurs. At TDC the pulley TDC mark (and not the 
other marks) REALLY SHOULD be lined up with the split in the case. 

If it's not, then there's something seriously wrong with the way that your 
crank/fan/pulley are bolted together. These pieces are all keyed together so 
that they can only go on one way. There IS some slop in this fit, but it's not 

What year is your car? Which pulley marks do you have: 
       |   | | |  or  |  |  | |   ?

>     now, i need to see if the notch in the dist. body lines up with the 
> rotor, and if it doesnt, then i need to remove the dist. and dist. drive gear 
> and reinstall them correctly, correct?

Getting the dist drive gear set up correctly is important, but you can't do that 
until you get TDC and the pulley mark straightened out.

When you think you are at TDC, how far (in inches and in which direction) is 
the TDC pulley mark from the case split?

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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