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How to use the inspection port to check timing marks?

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Old 08 Aug 2015, 04:33 pm
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Default How to use the inspection port to check timing marks?

My timing belt was changed last winter by a shady mechanic and I'm not entirely sure that it was done right. I want to pop the little inspection port plug on the timing belt cover and check for myself before I challenge his work. The car is not throwing any codes and will not idle at all. At speed it runs pretty good.

How can I turn the engine by hand to see if the marks line up? I tried bumping with the starter but its pretty hard to do and impossible to do if alone. Ay tips or tricks would be appreciated! Thanks!

2002 PT Cruiser 2.4L non turbo
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Old 09 Aug 2015, 08:43 am
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Default Re: How to use the inspection port to check timing marks?

To check disconnect the battery. Pull all the plugs (not fun on this car). Jack up the car and hook up a ratchet large enough to fit the crank pulley bolt turn and find TDC (top dead center) on # 1 piston. Once you find TDC the marks in the inspection hole should line up straight across.

The easy way is to bring it to another mechanic who you can trust. Ask around. Sound to be like a vacuum leak though.

Good luck!!
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