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Just installed water pump and all idles ect. Put the belt on and I have a problem getting the drivers side intake cam lined up properly. When I start out all the line are where they should be. I rotate the crank 2 times and check all the markings and all are good except the drivers side intake can then seems to be off. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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They were off. I am going to give it a rest. I have had it apart too many times.
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here's a trick.
when the belt is loose you can set the pulley just a little bit past the timing mark, and when the belt has tension applied, it will be pulled back "in time" and line up on the mark.
 

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also, find the tooth count for your engine online, good triple check.
 

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1. camera angles could be a tad off
2. the tensioner may not be pulled and operating
3. if the belt hasn't been rotated yet then the tension isn't fully dispersed
4. move that crank counterclockwise a millimeter and the cam is going to close the distance even more.
5. combine all of that and it may mitigate what is currently less than a half a tooth difference (#1 notwithstanding)

It may be fine?
 

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On my older 93 DOHC Dodge Stealth I had to move the crank timing mark back by 2 (as indicated by the factory manual). Then once the belts and all were reinstalled and you pulled the auto-tensioner, it then pulled everything right into line as expected.
 
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