Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1989-1998 Repair Guide

Timing Chain and Sprockets

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the timing chain cover.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the timing chain and sprockets, with the cover removed

  1. Rotate the engine until No. 1 cylinder is at Top Dead Center (TDC) on its compression stroke.
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  3. Remove the camshaft sprocket attaching bolt and cup washer.
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  5. Remove the timing chain with both the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets.
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To install:
  1. Place the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets on a flat surface with the timing indicator marks on an imaginary centerline through both sprocket bosses.
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  3. Place the timing chain around both sprockets. Be sure that the timing marks are in alignment.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Be sure to maintain proper alignment of the timing marks

  1. If necessary, turn the crankshaft and camshaft to align them with the keyway location in the crankshaft sprocket and the keyway or dowel hole in the camshaft sprocket.
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  3. Lift the sprockets and timing chain while keeping the sprockets tight against the chain in the correct position. Slide both sprockets evenly onto their respective shafts.
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  5. Use a straightedge to measure the alignment of the sprocket timing marks. They must be perfectly aligned.
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  7. Install the cup washer and camshaft sprocket bolt. Tighten to 35 ft. lbs.