300, Magnum, 2005

Timing Belt & Tensioner

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Removal & Installation



3.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    The 3.5L is NOT a freewheeling engine. Therefore, loosen the valve train rocker assemblies before servicing the timing drive.

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  3. Perform fuel pressure release procedure.
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  5. Disconnect negative battery cable.
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  7. Remove both cylinder head covers and loosen the rocker arm assemblies.
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  9. Remove the front timing belt cover.
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  11. Mark belt running direction, if timing belt is to be reused.
    WARNING
    When aligning timing marks, always rotate engine by turning the crankshaft. Failure to do so will result in valve and/or piston damage.



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    Fig. Timing mark alignment-3.5L engine

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  13. Rotate engine clockwise until crankshaft (10) mark aligns with the TDC mark on oil pump housing (9) and the camshaft sprocket (2, 7) timing marks (1, 8) are aligned with the marks on the rear cover.
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  15. Remove the timing belt tensioner (12) and remove timing belt.
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  17. Inspect the tensioner for fluid leakage.
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  19. Inspect the pivot and bolt for free movement, bearing grease leakage, and smooth rotation. If not rotating freely, replace the arm and pulley assembly.

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    Fig. Position the tensioner in a vise-3.5L engine

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  21. When tensioner is removed from the engine it is necessary to compress the plunger into the tensioner body.
    NOTE
    Index the tensioner in the vise the same way it is installed on the engine. This ensures proper pin orientation when tensioner is installed on the engine.

    1. Place the tensioner into a vise and SLOWLY compress the plunger. Total bleed down of tensioner should take about 5 minutes.
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    3. When plunger is compressed into the tensioner body install a pin through the body and plunger to retain plunger in place until tensioner is installed.

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      Fig. Timing belt inspection

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  23. Inspect both sides of the timing belt. Replace belt if any of the following conditions exist:
    1. Hardening of back rubber back side is glossy without resilience and leaves no indent when pressed with fingernail.
    2.  
    3. Cracks (4) on rubber back.
    4.  
    5. Cracks or peeling (1) of canvas.
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    7. Cracks on rib root.
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    9. Cracks on belt sides.
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    11. Missing teeth (2).
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    13. Abnormal wear (7) of belt sides. The sides are normal if they are sharp as if cut by a knife.
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    15. Vehicle mileage or time at component maintenance requirement.
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  25. If none of the above conditions are seen on the belt, the front timing belt cover can be installed.
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To install:


WARNING
If camshafts have moved from the timing marks, always rotate camshaft towards the direction nearest to the timing marks. Do not turn camshafts a full revolution or damage to valves and/or pistons could result.

  1. Align the crankshaft sprocket with the TDC mark on oil pump cover.
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  3. Align the camshaft sprockets timing reference marks with the marks on the rear cover.
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  5. Install the timing belt starting at the crankshaft sprocket going in a counterclockwise direction. Install the belt around the last sprocket. Maintain tension on the belt as it is positioned around the tensioner pulley.
    NOTE
    If the camshaft gears have been removed it is only necessary to have the camshaft gear retaining bolts installed to a snug torque at this time.

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  7. Holding the tensioner pulley against the belt, install the tensioner into the housing and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm). Each camshaft sprocket mark should remain aligned the cover marks.
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  9. When tensioner is in place pull retaining pin to allow the tensioner to extend to the pulley bracket.
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  11. Rotate crankshaft sprocket 2 revolutions and check the timing marks on the camshafts and crankshaft. The marks should line up within their respective locations. If marks do not line up, repeat procedure.
    NOTE
    If camshaft gears have been removed and timing is correct, counterhold and tighten the camshaft gears to final torque specification.

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  13. Install the front timing belt cover.
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  15. Tighten the rocker arm assemblies and install the cylinder head covers.
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  17. Connect negative battery cable.
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Camshaft Sprockets
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    The 3.5L engine is not a free-wheeling design. Therefore, care should be taken not to rotate the camshafts or crankshaft with the timing belt removed.


    NOTE
    The camshaft timing gears are keyed to the camshaft.

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  3. Perform fuel pressure release procedure.
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  5. Remove front timing belt cover.
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  7. Position crankshaft sprocket to the TDC mark on the oil pump housing by turning crankshaft in the clockwise direction.
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  9. Install a dial indicator in number 1 cylinder to check TDC of the piston. Rotate the crankshaft until the piston is at exactly TDC.

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    Fig. Camshaft retainer/thrust plate (1), bolts (2) and O-ring (3)-3.5L engine

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  11. Remove camshaft retainer/thrust plate from rear of right cylinder head.
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  13. Remove the right cylinder head cover.
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  15. Remove the right rocker arm assembly.
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  17. Remove the timing belt tensioner and timing belt.
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  19. Hold left camshaft sprocket with a 36 mm (1 7 / 16 in.) box end wrench.
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  21. Loosen and remove the camshaft gear retaining bolt and washer. The left bolt is 255 mm (10.0 in.) long.
    NOTE
    The camshaft timing gears are keyed to the camshaft.

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  23. Remove the camshaft sprocket.
    WARNING
    The right camshaft must be pushed rearward approximately 3 1 / 2 inches to remove the camshaft gear retaining bolt and gear. Care must be taken not to scratch or nick the camshaft or cylinder head journals when moving camshaft.

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  25. Hold right camshaft sprocket with a 36 mm (1 7 / 16 in.) box end wrench.
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  27. Loosen and remove the camshaft gear retaining bolt and washer. The right bolt is 213 mm (8 3 / 8 in.) long.
    NOTE
    The camshaft timing gears are keyed to the camshaft.

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  29. Remove the camshaft sprocket.
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To install:


WARNING
The camshaft sprockets are keyed and not interchangeable from side to side because of the camshaft position sensor pick-up.

  1. Install camshaft sprockets onto the camshafts. Install NEW sprocket attaching bolts into place. The 255 mm (10 in.) bolt is to be installed in the left camshaft and the 213 mm (8 3 / 8 in.) bolt is to be installed into the right camshaft. Do not tighten the bolts; they are tightened later. Camshaft sprocket (2, 7) marks (1, 8) should be aligned with the marks on the cover at both sprockets.
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  3. Install the camshaft thrust plates and O-ring. Tighten bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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  5. Install the timing belt starting first at the crankshaft sprocket, then to remaining components in a counterclockwise direction.
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  7. Install the belt around the last sprocket. Maintain tension on the belt as it is positioned around the tensioner pulley. Each camshaft sprockets mark should still be aligned with the rear cover marks.
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  9. Hold the tensioner pulley against the belt and install the reset (pinned) timing belt tensioner into the housing. Tighten attaching bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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  11. Remove tensioner retaining pin to allow the tensioner to extend to the pulley bracket.
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  13. Using a dial indicator, position the number 1 piston at TDC.
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  15. Hold the camshaft sprocket hex with a 36 mm (1 7 / 16 in.) wrench and tighten the camshaft bolts to the following:

    Right side: 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm) +90° turn
     
    Left side: 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm) +90° turn
     

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  17. Remove dial indicator and install spark plug.
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  19. Install front timing belt cover.
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Crankshaft Sprocket
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove the timing belt.
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  5. Remove crankshaft sprocket using a gear puller.

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    Fig. Remove crankshaft sprocket using a gear puller (1)-3.5L engine

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To install


WARNING
To ensure proper installation depth of crankshaft sprocket, Special Tool 6641 must be used.



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Fig. To ensure proper installation depth of crankshaft sprocket, Special Tool 6641 must be used-3.5L engine

  1. Install crankshaft sprocket using Special Tools 6641 (1) and C-4685-C1.
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  3. Install timing belt.
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