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On the crank do i go by the groove on the plate or the dot

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on the crank do i go by the groove on the plate or the dot on the sprocket
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Hi,In most instances the dot on the sprocket and groove on the plate should be aligned.To be clear though, what year/model/engine are we dealing with?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Its a 2003 Montero Sport 3.5

Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Thanks.In that instance the curved notch in the crank reluctor and the dimple on the crank gear must be lined up to each other, then both are aligned to the mark on the oil pump when setting up the timing.If the curved notch and the dimple are not lined up, this means the crank gear and reluctor have separated. This is pretty common to occur as during disassembly if the crank pulley sticks a little it will cause the crank gear to slide out, separating from the spacer behind, and then when the bolt is tightened down later it just sandwiches into the new position.If you aren't lined up, you need to take the crnak gear assembly off the vehicle and separate the gear/reluctor/spacer and examine the damage. If it punched to new clean holes in it, you can just reassembly in the correct alignment and be done. If the roll pins are crushed, holes stretched out, etc... then (Case by case of course) you may need to replace the assembly/component that is damaged.
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.