How do I line up timing chain? Won't line up on 1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500

Truck overheated - wouldn't start. Changed radiator and still wouldn't start. Pulled everything apart thinking maybe the timing was off - chain was loose. Can't get it to line up properly. Can anyone help? Thank you.

by in Port Charlotte, FL on August 19, 2010
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ANSWER by , August 24, 2010
TIMING CHAIN REMOVAL Remove timing chain cover. Remove camshaft sprocket attaching bolt and remove timing chain with crankshaft and camshaft sprockets. INSTALLATION Place both camshaft sprocket and crankshaft sprocket on the bench with timing marks on an exact imaginary center line through both camshaft and crankshaft bores. Place timing chain around both sprockets. Turn crankshaft and camshaft to line up with keyway location in crankshaft sprocket and in camshaft sprocket. Lift sprockets and chain (keep sprockets tight against the chain in position as described) Slide both sprockets evenly over their respective shafts and use a straightedge to check alignment of timing marks . They should be facing each other top on crank, bottom on cam Install the camshaft bolt. Tighten the bolt to 68 N·m (50 ft. lbs.) torque.