How to Install a Timing Belt on a '92 Dodge Stealth

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    • 1). Disconnect the negative cable on the battery. Set it aside. Do not allow it to touch metal. Loosen the tension on the accessory drive belts by moving the tensioner away from the belt or by loosening the bolt in the slider bar to relieve tension on the belts. Remove the belts.

    • 2). Unbolt the air compressor, but do not remove the lines. Move the air compressor out of the way. Remove the air compressor mounting bracket and the belt tensioner with the appropriate socket. Place a drain pan under the power steering hoses, where they are attached to the power steering pump. Unscrew the hoses and move them out of the way. Remove the power steering pump and the belt tensioner for the power steering pump.

    • 3). Raise the Stealth with the floor jack. Support the car with jack stands. Remove the right front wheel using the lug wrench. Remove the right front inner fender panel using the appropriate socket. Remove the crankshaft pulley bolt, and pull the pulley off.

    • 4). Support the engine with the floor jack. Raise the engine slightly. Remove the right engine mount and mount bracket using the appropriate socket. Remove the three timing belt covers using the appropriate sockets.

    • 5). Remove the spark plug wire from the No. 1 cylinder (first cylinder on the driver’s side). Remove the spark plug from the engine. Stick the long screwdriver into the spark plug hole. Turn the engine over by turning the crankshaft clockwise, keeping your hand on the screwdriver. When the screwdriver comes up and stops moving, check the timing mark on the crankshaft. If the mark does not line up at the 1 o’clock position, turn the engine over again until you feel the screwdriver go all the way down and come up again. The timing marks should line up.

    • 6). Check the timing marks on the camshaft. The left camshaft (as you are looking down at the engine) timing mark is at the 1 o’clock position. The right camshaft timing mark is at the 11 o’clock position. The marks should be lined up. If not, repeat the process to find top dead center (Step 5).

    • 7). Loosen the tensioner bolt and push the tensioner away from the belt. Tighten the bolt enough to hold the tensioner out of the way. Remove the belt guide and the timing belt. Check that all three timing marks are still lined up.

    • 8). Install the timing belt, working in a counterclockwise rotation, starting at the crankshaft. Work your way up over the right camshaft (looking down at the engine) sprocket, under the water pump pulley, over the left camshaft, then behind the tensioner. Keep the belt taut between the crankshaft and the right camshaft sprocket.

    • 9). Loosen the tensioner bolt, allowing the tensioner to put tension on the timing belt. Turn the crankshaft twice, lining up the timing marks again. If the marks do not line up, repeat the installation process.

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      Tighten the tensioner bolt to 18 foot-pounds of torque. Install the tension gauge halfway between the crankshaft sprocket and the right camshaft sprocket. If the gauge does not read between 46.3 and 68.3 foot-pounds of torque, repeat the tensioning process (Steps 9 and 10). Install the rest of the parts in reverse order of removal. Tighten the crankshaft pulley bolt to 110 foot-pounds of torque.

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