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i am working on a 99 subar legacy outback 2.5 how do you get the timing marks to line up that you make before taking the timing belt out? is there a url that tells you how or show you how? thanks

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If the belt is tight and did not jump, before the belt is loosed, all the marks should line up. Pay attention to the single and double hash marks in the pic.

Ignore the arrows.
 

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Are you by chance looking at the marks/lines on the timing belt and trying to get them to align with the marks on the sprockets? If so, that will "never" happen. Ignore the marks/lines on the belt and just line up the marks on the sprockets as in the illustration.

If they still won't line up, just get them as close as you can and correct them as you are putting on the new belt.
 

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Does anyone have a better phone to snap a photo? Use the flash option and back up.

That looks like the single hash on the top pulley is down. You may have the crank 180' out from TDC, on the exhaust stroke for cyl 1.
 

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ok we figured out how to line the marks up but the marks have to be exactly as showen in the diagram on single mark can be on top of both pulleys correct. the bottom pulley the double mark has to be on top and the upper pulley the mark should be down and same with other side correct and the mark on the crankshaft should be on the top correct?
 

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Use any type of spring clip. Once wrapped around and clipped, the tension of the belt will mostly keep them in place. Working from the drivers side leftward works well for me. You may still lose the loaded driver intake, but just realign.

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how can we keep the pulleys from moving when putting the belt on so the lines stayed lined up?
There is a "sweet spot" where the cam will stay still. Otherwise, the clip method works according to some other post. Just put clips on the pulley to hold the belt on the two bank 2 cam sprockets and work your way to bank 1. The lowest idler pulley is the last to go on after the belt is set in place. Then pull the tensioner pin. Don't forget to pull the tensioner pin.

The engine can be started with the front covers and accessories off to check for proper start. Even without coolant, just don't run it long. This way, if you have to reset the belt because a sprocket is off a tooth, it's already apart and accessible.
 

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only one cam will be ''loaded'' when you line the things up.
if the cams are off a little, as you have suggested, the one cam may want to ''snap'' closed when you remove the belt.

IF you have the crank in the correct position, and the other cams as close to right as possible, this will not matter . just move it back to the correct position when you are ready to install the belt.
 

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VERY LIGHT pressure with a vice grip clamping the two cams together. Not too much, others have broken the camshaft pulley. Only on drivers side is a concern. The passenger side is not under tension.

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yea im not going to use a vicegrip if i dont have to. on another forum someone said those binder clips that you can get a like officemax that black ones. im trying to figure out where do i put the binder clips or whatever i use on the camshaft so it wont turn
 

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Clap the upper and lower cams together (It sounds like you have dual overhead cams).
 
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