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actually i did but my concern is the intake cam gear being hydraulic and there appeared to some movement when i removed it so im just a bit concerned. is it best to move crank to tdc at this point and will turning it without the cam gears being on affect the chains position?
yes..it is best to put it at tdc..because you would know where the crank is when it is time to put it together..you may now,need to remove the timing cover and just start from scratch
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FIG : Align the marks on the camshaft sprockets with the upper portion of the upper timing chain and mating marks-2.4L engine
FIG : Lower timing chain alignment marks-2.4L engine