Dakota 2006-2007

Camshaft, Bearings & Lifters

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Bearing Replacement



The cam bearings are not serviceable. Do not attempt to replace cam bearings for any reason.

Inspection



  1. Inspect the camshaft bearing journals for wear or damage.
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  3. Inspect the cylinder head and check oil return holes.
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  5. Check the tooth surface of the distributor drive gear teeth of the right camshaft for wear or damage.
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  7. Check both camshaft surfaces for wear or damage.
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  9. Check camshaft lobe height and replace if out of limit.
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Removal & Installation



3.7L & 4.7L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Keep all valvetrain components in order for assembly.



    Negative battery cable
     
    Valve covers
     
    Rocker arms
     
    Hydraulic lash adjusters
     

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  5. Set the engine at Top Dead Center (TDC) of the compression stroke for the No. 1 cylinder.
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  7. Install Timing Chain Wedge 8350 to retain the chain tensioners.

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    Fig. Chain Tensioner Retaining Wedges-4.7L engine

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  9. Matchmark the timing chains to the camshaft sprockets.
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  11. Install Camshaft Holding Tool 6958 and Adapter Pins 8346 to the left camshaft sprocket.
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  13. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Right camshaft timing sprocket and target wheel
     
    Left camshaft sprocket
     
    Camshaft bearing caps, by reversing the tightening sequence
     
    Camshafts

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    Fig. Hold the left camshaft sprocket with a spanner wrench while removing or installing the camshaft sprocket bolts-3.7L and 4.7L engine



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    Fig. Camshaft bearing cap bolt tightening sequence-3.7L and 4.7L engines

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Camshafts. Tighten the bearing cap bolts in 1 / 2 turn increments, in sequence, to 100 inch lbs. (11 Nm).

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    Fig. Turn the camshaft with pliers, if needed, to align the dowel in the sprocket-4.7L engine

     
    Target wheel to the right camshaft
     
    Camshaft timing sprockets and chains, by aligning the matchmarks
     

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  3. Remove the tensioner wedges and tighten the camshaft sprocket bolts to 90 ft. lbs. (122 Nm).
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Hydraulic lash adjusters in their original locations
     
    Rocker arms in their original locations
     
    Valve covers
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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