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This is a discussion on How to install camshafts within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I'm in the process of changing my head gaskets. I got the right head bolted down and now I'm trying ...

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    How to install camshafts

    I'm in the process of changing my head gaskets. I got the right head bolted down and now I'm trying to install the intake and exhaust camshafts. Are they supposed to be installed in a certain position or does it not matter?

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    Shouldn't matter, as long as you have the timing correct at the end.

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    Do you have the factory manual? It specifies how to set the cams and how to rotate them in order to be correct.
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    Trying to download a copy of the manual right now.

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    OK good. I don't have it around but I know it specifies how to set down each cam, in terms of angles (degrees) and it distinguishes between left and right side. I was only doing the seals once but kept on reading out of morbid curiosity.
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    Trying to upload pg166 from the manual for a 2002 turbo 2,0L. MODEL YEARS WILL VARY SO LOOK ONLY AT YOUR SPECIFIC YEAR. Also, this isn't enough to get you out of the woods I think; hope you get the manual. This will give you an idea of the instructions involved but only a general idea.

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    When measuring degrees, am I going from the center of the block or the front of the cam shaft? one has to be set at 77 degrees and the other is 11. I have them set at the moment from measuring from the front of each shaft. But the illustration seems like its measured from the center of the head or block.

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    Ok I think I got it figured out. Thanks a lot SD_GR!

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