Its ur call, they rarely cause any issue, unless they are already worn out
haha oh MAN I had completely forgotten about that. You're right, but this is a way bigger "idiot" moment. At least this timing chain job is astronomically easier than the one I did on our 9-4X Aero. That was pretty brutal.I recall the no start blown fuse debacle.
I'm sure you'll figure it out, you always do.
The engine was in the correct timing position when I removed everything. The exhaust and intake cam lobes are pointing up and the crank key is at 12:00. The cam sprockets aren't keyed for the camshafts, even though the camshafts have a keyway.Cam sprockets look fine.
however, thinking that u removed the timing gears now while u didnt have an approximate timing mark even, u need to remove the camshafts before u try to turn the engine, after u r done with the putting crank sprocket, balance chain, timing cover and crank pulley and timed it correctly, with the timing tensioner removed, u can reinstall the camshaft and set their orientations (visually if u chosed to, however cam locks will get u 100% first time and will guarantee 100% performance at top end) and then install cam sprockets with the chain, after all tight, install and activate tensioner, bear in mind if u r not using the locking tool, the exhaust cam will turn on u the moment u activate the tensioner (So anticipate )
The crank pulley mark aligned with the timing cover mark. When that mark is aligned, the key is at 12:00. It's timed.they are not only locking tools, they are timing tools, as u know visually would not set it 100%.
Im not sure about the location of the key when the engine is timed, the engine is considered timed when the crank pulley mark matches the mark on the timing cover, and since urs was offset, im not sure how u gona confirm 100% it was timed ! Its a big gamble to take