Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Timing Belt Covers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2.0L SOHC Engine

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the accessory drive belts and accessories.
  4.  
  5. Remove the crankshaft damper.
  6.  
  7. Remove the right engine mount.
  8.  
  9. Place a floor jack and block of wood under the engine for support.
  10.  
  11. Remove the engine mount bracket.
  12.  
  13. Remove the front timing belt cover.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Timing belt and cover assembly-shown with the mechanical belt tensioner

To install:
  1. Install the front timing belt cover.
  2.  
  3. Install the engine mount bracket.
  4.  
  5. Install the right engine mount.
  6.  
  7. Remove the floor jack from under the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Install the crankshaft damper.
  10.  
  11. Install the drive belts and accessories.
  12.  
  13. Install the right inner splash shield.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16.  
  17. Check for leaks and proper engine operation.
  18.  

2.0L and 2.4L DOHC Engines

See Figures 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the accessory drive belts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the crankshaft pulley.
  6.  
  7. Remove the power steering pump with the hose attached and position it aside.
  8.  
  9. Remove the power steering pump bracket, if necessary.
  10.  
  11. Place a floor jack under the engine oil pan, with a block of wood in between, and jack up the engine so that the weight of the engine is no longer being applied to the engine mount bracket.
  12.  
  13. Remove the upper engine mount and the engine mounting bracket.
  14.  
  15. Remove the front timing belt cover(s).
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Fig. Fig. 2: Timing belt and front cover assembly-2.0L DOHC engine



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Fig. Fig. 3: Front timing belt covers-2.4L engine

To install:
  1. Install the front timing belt cover(s).
  2.  
  3. Lower the engine enough to install the engine mount bracket.
  4.  
  5. Install the bracket and remove the floor jack.
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering pump bracket and pump.
  8.  
  9. Install the crankshaft pulley.
  10.  
  11. Install the accessory drive belts.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14.  
  15. Start the engine, then check for leaks and proper engine operation.
  16.  

2.5L Engine

See Figures 4 through 16

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the accessory drive belts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the crankshaft pulley.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Timing belt covers-2.5L engine



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Fig. Fig. 5: To access the upper right timing belt cover, remove the power steering fluid reservoir mounting bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... disengage the IAT and MAP sensor wiring connectors ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then lift up and position the power steering fluid reservoir out of the way

  1. Remove the power steering pump with the hose attached and position it aside.
  2.  
  3. Place a floor jack under the engine oil pan, with a block of wood in between, and jack up the engine so that the weight of the engine is no longer being applied to the engine support bracket.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 8: Support the engine under the oil pan using a floor jack and a block of wood before removing the right side engine mount



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the right side engine mount lower bolts from below the vehicle (arrows)



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Fig. Fig. 10: Location of the right side engine mount-to-inner fender mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 11: Location of the engine mount-to-engine attaching bolts



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Fig. Fig. 12: When removing the right side engine mount assembly to access the timing belt, this mounting bolt is hidden by the lower timing belt cover



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Fig. Fig. 13: Location of the lower timing belt cover's mounting bolts (arrows)



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Fig. Fig. 14: Location of the upper left timing belt cover mounting fasteners



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Fig. Fig. 15: Remove the upper left timing belt cover



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Fig. Fig. 16: Removal of the upper right timing belt cover may be easier from underneath the vehicle

The reamer (alignment) bolt may be heat-seized on the engine support bracket.

  1. Remove the upper engine mount. After spraying penetrating lubricant, slowly remove the reamer (alignment) bolt and remaining bolts, then remove the engine support bracket.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper left timing belt cover (closest to the front of the vehicle), followed by the upper right cover and the lower cover.
  4.  

Although the manufacturer claims that the upper right cover is removable from the top of the engine compartment, it may be easier to remove it from beneath.

To install:
  1. Install the timing belt lower cover, followed by the upper right cover and the upper left cover.
  2.  
  3. Install the engine mounting bracket.
  4.  
  5. Lower the engine enough to install the engine mount onto bracket and remove the floor jack.
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering pump bracket and pump.
  8.  
  9. Install the crankshaft pulley and tighten the retaining bolt to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the drive belts.
  12.  
  13. Properly fill the cooling system.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16.  
  17. Start the engine and check for leaks. Verify proper engine and cooling system operation.
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