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There is no doubt that the cam timing is off, probably by one tooth. The difficulty is determining if it's advanced one tooth or retarded one tooth.
With the cam cover off, bring the engine to TDC on number 1 cylinder.
Looking at the cam lobes, they should be pointing at equal angles away from the center. This should tell you if it's retarded or advanced.
Because it has no power, I suspect that it's retarded. But go very slowly and carefully. The valves are already touching the pistons. If you go the wrong way, you will bend the valves if they aren't bent already.
When you get the cam belt reset, take out the plugs and turn the engine very slowly by hand and check for any resistance. Once you are convinced it's correct, do a compression test. If the valves are bent, they aren't bent by much but you will probably see low compression across all the cylinders.
Every technician has gotten the cam timing off at least once, including me. It's very easy to do. Hopefully that's the only problem and no other damage has been done.
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I've had this same coversation and sometimes an argument with experienced techs over the years and dozens of times on Just Answer.
I don't have an answer as to why the marks are off. But there is no doubt that the cam timing is off now.
One other thing to check is to make certain you have the correct timing belt. I recently did a Lexus and the belt was for the wrong year. It has two additional teeth, which retarded the timing on the engine one tooth. It's not likely on your engine but a posibility.
Either way, the cam timing is off and has to be corrected.