1997 Toyota RAV4 Q&A
1997 Toyota RAV4 Question: 1997 toyota rav4 new timing belt wont start how do i aline the marks for it?
You need a buddy to help you set the tension. It won't do any good to line the marks if the belt keeps slipping. Good thing it's not a Honda, VW, Mitsubishi, etc. - ProfessorG
Check youtube for video! Google it first you should have choices!! *** I dont see how you can ask for more than a video that shows exactly what to do!!!!*** - pushrod
sounds like you do need help. tensioner should not be an issue if belt is on correctly - globalhelper
Make sure you didn't put the belt guide on backwards, also did you use a new spring or kept the old one? There are two timing mark, one is on camshaft sprocket it's a small hole on it you have to align when you are set at TDC, the other mark is on the crankshaft pulley there's a notch on the outside that you alight with the markings on the cover. You can do it alone if you pull the idler pulley with the spring as far back as possible and tighten the bolt, once you get the belt in break bolt slowly and it should apply tension to the belt. New belts are stiff you might have to play around with it a little, also compare it to the old one. Parts guys don't always give you the correct parts - C-los