crankshaft alignment??

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crankshaft alignment??

Post by thotiana »

Hey there,
So I'm about to replace the crankshaft seal on my bike. Probably tomorrow. I think that I'm going to clamp the camshaft pulleys in place loosen the belt tension, slide the belts off the pulleys do the job and put it back together. The thing I'm not sure about is when I take the crankshaft pulleys off to get to the seal am I at risk of causing some misalignment of the crankshaft? How do I make sure it's in the right position when I slide the belts back on?

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Post by CrystalPistol »

I'm thinking that there is a timing mark on the crank's pulley when it's reinstalled (the mark is on it now, it doesn't go away), it won't fit but one way.
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Post by DenverWinger »

There's slots in both the timing pulleys and the crankshaft for a woodruff key, the pulleys can only go on one way. But the timing mark of importance is on the flywheel at the rear of the crankshaft, it will indicate true TDC with the T1 mark, there's no particular TDC markings on the crankshaft timing pulleys anyway.
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Post by Rambozo »

If you don't turn anything an easy way to make sure you keep the timing is to just mark all the belts and pulleys with a paint marker.

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