I don't recall ever hearing about a mark on the flywheel on EJs. I think the old EA cars had only a mark on the flywheel.
There are only 24 teeth on the crank sprocket so being one tooth off there means its 15 degrees out of time, which is a huge angle. You'll be able to see pretty clearly that that's out. As long as the hash mark on the reluctor is close to the mark on the oil pump housing it should be fine.
For the cams just point the hash marks at the notches in the covers. If you find that the mark on the drivers side doesn't exactly line up with the notch, its usually best to set the hash to the right of the notch (toward the drivers side).
Be sure to turn the crank so the crank and cams are at their timing marks before removing the old belt. It also helps to loosen the cam sprocket bolts before removing the belt since that will hold them in place.
fairtax...thanks...and especially for the reminder to remove the bolts of the cam sprocket before removing belt...!
Yes I will try to remove belt while all is lined up...and take photos
I should get one of those chain wrenches to hold the cam sprockets for tightening the bolts (with an old belt around it of course)
For those without the proper wrench...how do YOU hold the sprocket? I have used a piece of old belt and a large vise grip clamped on both ends of belt...somehow I have been able to hold it enough
Does anyone use an impact gun on low setting? not sure it could fit
I bought the import experts kit on ebay...happens to have one of those blue T belts...supposed to be hi performance (forgot the brand off hand)
Usually I discard this belt and buy the Subaru one....but this kit was the most I have ever paid...$239.00
Since it is a hi perf belt with brand name...I'll use it