Those marks look passable as long as the crank is at 0-deg TDC. If the tool fits, you should be in good shape. The crank pulley will "freewheel" when the tensioner is our, so keep that in mind. Take a look at the marks that I posted in the beginning of the thread. The marks will never line up 100% perfect, especially if you reuse the timing chain. For the thermostat, I guess you'll either have to pull the cover back off or find a way to knock the thermostat out of there.
Originally Posted by CMAMerc
Hi all, have a few questions. I am in the middle of this project and have hit a road block. I have installed the new cam adjusters but they do not seem to be lining up. I have attached a few pictures to show this. When initially placing the holding tool, it had a hard time locking down. After putting the new cam adjusters (both intake and exhaust) the tool fell right into place. With this though, the middle ring and the cam adjuster are not in alignment with the top mark. I have not put the new tensioner in as I wanted to see if I was missing something. I marked the chain before removing the old adjusters but it almost looks like I need to shift the chain over a link on both the intake and exhaust. Thoughts on proceed? Secondly, when removing the old thermostat the spring portion snapped off in the timing cover, any ideas how to remove that? Thanks again for the help.