Originally Posted by 03#1965
I guess to clarify my point, you really can't index the cams to each other until AFTER the belt is off and the timing bar is in the cams (#1 @ TDC, crank pin in). But at that point you should be able to do it and--really--if the cam gears are never loosened (and your belt doesn't break) those marks should always be a really good timing reference point. If that's not logical, I'm sure someone else will chime in.
I had a 1381 code two weeks before the scheduled change, it fixed itself overnight, but something was out of phase in the timing. We were doing the belt job by the book all along, but we made marks on the gears anyway. It came to the point where the marks we made weren't any good and they got ignored, itís a useless step. In a simplistic way you want to have... 1.) the cam bar slide in with no interference. 2.) the crank on the pin. 3.) and the belt to slip on the teeth smoothly. Without loosening the gears I would've only met 2 of the 3 criteria.
I agree with everything rgonyer said, worked like a charm and I got "extra" torque out of it.