Having problems with your Chevrolet Cavalier ?

We recently taken apart the engine to replace the head gasket and head bolts and need to know what setting should we set the timing chain when reassembling the engine?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 23-07-2018

Answers :

Don't get it? You don't normally take the timing chain off when doing heads, so you should not need to reset the camshaft timing.
But you probably did need to pull the distributor, to you should have put the crank on #1 TDC before pulling the distributor. Then all you would have to do is make sure you put the distributor back in on #1 TDC.
( I don't remember is the distributer is grear, offset slot, or hex shaft driven, but they all are not that hard if you pay attention when you take it out.)
But regardless of whether or not you paid enough attention when taking it apart, it is not that hard to put it together again. After putting the crank on TDC, you can't be sure if it is #1 or its opposite. That is because the cam turns half the speed of the crank, in a 4 stroke engine. But you can rock the crank a quarter turn back and forth, to with push rods move. The cylinder that just fired will not have any pushrod movement, while its opposite will. The insert the distributer either pointing at #1 or its opposite, depending. If you did take the chain off for some reason, most timing sprockets have a dimple, and they should point at each other in most cases.
If you have an overhead cam, a flywheel timing mark system, or something else more complex, then let us know the year, brand, and model.

Chilton in the library will give that to ya.
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