Timing Belt, can you turn crank with belts removed and only the right cylinder head installed?


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jeremysmith035
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Timing Belt, can you turn crank with belts removed and only the right cylinder head installed?

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I removed the left cylinder head and camshaft to replace the head gasket. The crank moved and is no longer at #1-TDC. Should I turn the crank clockwise 1 full revolution again to get it lined up with #1-TDC and clamp the pulleys to prevent them from moving *before* putting the belts on? Or could turning the crank with only the right cylinder head on cause damage to anything? Do I have to reinstall the camshaft or head before turning the crank?


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Re: Timing Belt, can you turn crank with belts removed and only the right cylinder head installed?

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You can turn it..did you mark the crank position before removing the belts.?? It may/will take two revolutions to get it back to original spot??? If my memory is correct.
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Re: Timing Belt, can you turn crank with belts removed and only the right cylinder head installed?

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I did not mark the crank position. However I can see the the marks on the pulley and on the heat shield behind the pulley. I can also see the fly wheel which would indicate T1. If I line up the pulleys and fly wheel would there be a need to mark the crank? I had to remove the left pulley and heat shield behind the left pulley to get the cylinder head off. Can I turn the crank counterclockwise ?
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Re: Timing Belt, can you turn crank with belts removed and only the right cylinder head installed?

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If you are turning it slowly by hand, you can turn it whatever direction you want to get to T1. If you run into any resistance, (there may be a valve open on the right side), turn the other direction until you get to the T1 mark.


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