Maybe this is a silly question, but what is the technical definition of the "front" vs. the "rear" of the engine?
On my vehicle, from the context of part names, the "front" is the side with the timing belt and the other belts, the alternator, compressor, p/s pump. The "rear" is the side with the flywheel, clutch, transmission, VTEC solenoid (it's a Honda).
Relative to the vehicle itself the "front" is on the driver's side and the "rear" is on the passenger side.
Which side of an arbitrary engine is the "front", in general? E.g. is it always the timing belt side? The side opposite the transmission? The side with the crank pulley?