Tech Tip #227: Deutz 1011F and 2011 Timing Pins – A Helpful How-To on Where They Go

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Timing a Deutz 1011F or 2011 series engine?  We receive many phone calls per day seeking advice on how to use the timing pins.  In this Dr. Diesel™ Tech Tip we’ll explain the proper procedure and best practice for using these pins.

Engine Belt MaintenanceBefore we get started let’s discuss a related question.  Did your belt break while the engine was running or are you simply doing routine maintenance?  Regardless of your answer, the instructions below will remain the same in both events.  Some folks think that installing the timing pins for routine maintenance (when the belt didn’t break) qualified them for some kind of cheat or short cut.  It doesn’t.  Like we said, the procedure will remain the same.

Let’s get started.


  • First, get yourself oriented by only viewing the engine from the front. In other words, you’ll be looking at the crankshaft pulley.
  • Next, remove the old timing belt.  Of course, you can skip this step if the belt has already broken off.

Timing belt pin

  • To find the timing pin for the camshaft, look at the left side of the engine toward the rear. (just rear of the oil filter).  In this area, you will see a 10mm plug threaded into the block.  This plug typically has a female Allen head.
  • Remove this Allen head plug.  This will gain you access to hole in the camshaft.  Now rotate the camshaft until the pin slides into the hole in the cam.  There is only one location for the camshaft pin.  Again, the camshaft hole is offset on the cam.  It is impossible to install the pin 180 degrees out.   Be sure to screw the pin all the way until the threads bottom out.


  • Now let’s work on the crankshaft pin.  Still viewing the engine from Crankshaft Plugthe front, look at the right side of the engine toward the front of the engine.  The crankshaft plug will use the same 10mm Allen head plug.  This plug will be approximately on the same plane as the crankshaft.
  • Now you will need to rotate the crankshaft until the front cylinder piston is at top dead center or TDC.  Be careful here, we referred only to the front cylinder, not the #1 cylinder.  The #1 cylinder is at the back of the engine.  For timing purposes, we are only concerned with the front cylinder.  In order to properly find TDC you may have to remove the front fuel injector and watch for the piston coming up.
  • Once you get close to TDC, install the crankshaft timing pin.  This is where it gets a little tricky.  Unlike the camshaft, the crankshaft does not have a hole it.  Deutz decided for some unknown reason to machine a flat spot into the crankshaft.  The timing pin will slide over this flat spot.
  • Once you’ve installed the crank pin you will notice that you can still rotate the crankshaft back and forth about 15 degrees.   Don’t worry. 
  • Next, rotate the crankshaft clockwise until the timing pin and the crankshaft bottom out.  Now your crankshaft is in position. 

Timing belt replacement

Be sure to check out our Foley Hytork™ timing kits.  These kits can be purchased as both refill kits and also complete kits with the timing pins and tension gauge.


Did your belt break while the engine was running?  Make sure you don’t forget to replace the push rods and rocker tower bolts.

Dr. DieselWe hope that this Dr. Diesel™ Tech Tip has been helpful. We believe that Tech Support Matters™ and publish this ongoing series of Tech Tips for the industrial engine community. We welcome your feedback. Foley stocks and has ready to ship engine engines and parts for most industrial engines including Perkins, Deutz, John Deere, etc. To contact Dr. Diesel™ directly, email him at For parts and service for your Deutz or Perkins engine call us directly at 800.233.6539. International customers can call us at 508.753.2979.


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