Yet another '96 2.3l Timing Belt Question
Hi all. I'm replacing the TB in my son's '96 2.3l equipped Ranger... Got the dampener off last night, rotated the crank shaft to line up the timing mark on the cover ( with the cam sprocket "triangles" lined up and no.1 cylinder at TDC on the compression stroke) and am ready to put the belt back in. All the relevant threads on this (and other sites) say to line up the embossed "diamond" on the front of the block with the same mark on the inner face of the oil pump/distributor drive sprocket. I see the diamond mark on the block , but their appears to be no such mark on my sprocket (possibly it was worn off by the old belt ?). However, there is an indentation formed on the inner face of this sprocket. Is this the "mark" to use ?
Also, since there is no actual distributor driveshaft on this electronically-controlled engine (I assume the ignition control module uses the driveshaft position sensor and toothed wheel presssed onto the back of the dampener for this purpose), does it really matter whether the oil pump sprocket is "aligned" or not ?