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Mazda 626 1999 626 timing belt replacement. Haynes manual

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1999 626 timing belt replacement. Haynes manual says install crank bolt to turn crank sprocket counterclockwise to align marks. How does that work, since the bolt is right hand threads?<br />If it is absolutely necessary to turn crankshaft sprocket counterclockwise to align marks, what is the best way to accomplish this? IS there a better way?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Jerry replied 6 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.

Normally you turn the engine "clockwise" , (looking at it from the front) to align the crankshaft to the #1 compression stroke. Sometimes the books can have a small glitch in them. Also, if the belt is off, with the spark plugs out you could turn the crankshaft with your hand.

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Turn the crankshaft clockwise and align the timing marks. (No. 1 piston is at TDC of the compression stroke.)

I have the instructions in a PDF format that you can download HERE then you just click where it says “Click here to start download” Thanks

Expert:  Jerry replied 6 years ago.

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