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My timing belt broke and my boyfriend is replacing it for me. He asked me to check on the forum and ask what the timing marks are for a '97 Kia Sportage, I always find good help on this site so, HELP!!! (Since I have no idea what I'm talking about. Thanks!
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You can go to www.kiatechinfo.com and register the manuals are available for you. Below are the pictures you need. Good luck.
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Question: on the tight side of my crankshaft on the front of the engine is a thing that sticks out. It has a "ruler" on it. There are some letters and the number 10 at one of the lines, my mechanic says this is the timing key if I understand right. If we dont use this to set the timing, what is it there for? I have not seen it in any of the illustrations for setting the timing. Does my 98 KIA have a different version of the engine? If we were to use this ruler, it would be at around 2:00 in relation to the crankshaft.

I own my second Sportage so I must really like em. I consider this one to be my second husband. Main issue with mine was the Timing Key(woodruff)
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Those are the marks for the ignition timing(how many degrees before TDC the spark plug fires). You are setting cam timing when doing a timing belt so those marks mean nothing to you. The ignition timing is controlled by the ECM but the marks are still there on some of the older engines from when you could still static time them.
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Check your Timing Key-way while you are in there~~~!!!!!

I own my second Sportage so I must really like em. I consider this one to be my second husband. Main issue with mine was the Timing Key(woodruff)
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You can go to Kia Global Information System (KGIS) and register the manuals are available for you. Below are the pictures you need. Good luck.
Hi, I needed information on the timing belt for my Kia Sportage. Thanks for posting the link to the Kia Tech Info site, it provided all the information I was looking for. Regards, Radikl.
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you don't need to remove the large nut off the crank pulley there are 6 10mm bolts around the inside of the pulley remove those. much easier.
there are two marks on the top of the timing cover rear housing, like arrows.turn the intake cam pulley so the ' I' mark lines up with that, and the exhaust so the 'E' lines up with the other mark.
the pulleys are a pain they tend to sit on the edge of the spring and you need 2 people to hold them from slipping, if they slip even tho it is only a tooth, the timing ends up wrong.
get a piece steel plate about 1/8 is fine, about 40mm x 40mm, drill a 3/8 hole through the centre, use one of the timing cover casing bolts and screw into the mounting hole in between the two cams.
you may need to pack it with a thicker washer to hold it.
It helps to put the plate in the vice and belt 2 diagonal corners over a bit this helps it lock onto the cam and hold it. don't do the bolt up too tight it is only 10mm and can break or strip the thread, also you just need it stiff enough that you can turn the cam pulleys to line them up properly, then nip up a bit. you can take the plate off after the belt is on.
its dead simple to line them up really.
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Most parts stores sell a tool that is designed to lock the cam sprockets together so they don't move. Don't forget that after the belt is in place, spin the engine over a couple of times and stop with the exhaust cam on the S mark before you tighten the tensioner. This point has the valve spring tension pulling the belt tight between the two sprockets.
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