Im currently replacing my timing belt, waterpump, thermostat, idler bearings, tensioner and all 3 accessory belts.. Prior to removing the timing belt, i made sure to rotate the crankshaft until the camshaft pulleys lined up at TDC. All 3 marks were aligned perfectly when at TDC (both cam pulley's as well as the marking at 12 o'clock on the crankshaft and oil pump). The crank pulley however was set to "5' rather than "0". Could this be due to the cureent belt being stretched out after 10 years?
i guess my biggest question is should i reisntall the new belt this way? or should the pulley point at "0" when the cams and crank are all at TDC?
This is an 03 3.4L 4x4 - 5sp with 38k miles. Im just replacing all of these parts due to age. The belt looked great when i pulled it off last night.