Looking for some advise and help with my 1999 Vauxhall Astra 1.4/ 8 valve.
Background : to save money I decided to change the timingbelt myself and ended up making a real dogs dinner of the operation (Don't ask)
I need to set up the ignition timing from scratch but aftertwo days under the motor I still havenít got it right.
- I canít get the cam sprockets to line up. When I turn the lefthand sprocket (rear) it comes almost to where it should be (opposite the mark on the righthand cam) and then clicks down to nearer 4 oíclock
- The Haynes manual says set it to TDC on the compression stroke. The method Iím using is putting a screw driver in the spark plug hole and as I turn the crankshaft be hand the screw driver rises to itís highest point at which point the mark on the crank sprocket lines up with the mark on the rear lower cam cover. My problem here is how do I know No 1 piston is on the compression stroke or the exhaust stroke.
- There is a big heave Ďwasherí (2Ēwide by1/2Ē thick) which fell on the ground when I initially stripped the bits and Iím not sure how this goes back. Iím assuming it locks the pulley over the crank sprocket. Is that correct ??
As said above I need to set up the timing from scratch so ifany of you guys can help Iíd really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance