Kia Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Mechanic
Hello, my name is Bobby. Thank you foor the question. Before you go any further I would like to let you know that this indeed an interference engine. This means that it is 99.9% of the time the valves will be damaged so I would not want you to waste your time moving forward with the belt. If you want I can tell you how to align it but I doubt it will do you any good. I hate the be the bearer of bad news but please let me know if you need more help as I would be more than happy to do so.
Here is the best diagram that I have for the timing belt. The marks on the sprockets will align with the marks in the plate behind them and the crank mark with the mark in the case. The belt itself should also have lines on it indicating where they line up with the sprockets. Put the belt around the crank and align the mark with the keyway on the crank. Then run the belt around the tensioner pulley and then around the back cam sprocket, around the idler pulley and then around the other cam sprocket.
You are correct on that, but the nice thing is that the crank does not have to be on a particular cycle. It is at TDC as long as the marks line up.
The cams will not be. Once the crank is set, you can set the cams to align with the marks at the top of the back plate. Once they are all aligned then you will have it in time if that makes sense.