I am doing a timing belt job on my 98 outback (2.5 DOHC, MT). A mechanic friend came over and told me that the driver-side cam is off by 45 degrees!!!! Probably thanks to the previous owner's mechanic who allegedly replaced the HG. He was wondering how I'd driven the thing 20,000 miles that way.
My question is, after I remove the belt, is it possible to spin the crank or the cam pulley back 45 degrees to fix the problem? Or do I need to pull the engine?
Should I just take it to the desert, fill it with holes and set fire to it? That's what I feel like doing. Soob noob here, need some advice. Thanks in advance!