Dakota 2006-2007

Timing Chain Cover & Seal

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Removal & Installation



3.7L Engine
  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
  2.  
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Remove electric cooling fan and fan shroud assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove radiator fan.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect both heater hoses at timing cover.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect lower radiator hose at engine.
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  13. Remove accessory drive belt tensioner assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove crankshaft damper.
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  17. Remove the generator.
  18.  
  19. Remove A/C compressor.
    NOTE
    It is not necessary to remove the water pump for timing cover removal.

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  21. Remove the bolts holding the timing cover to engine block.
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  23. Remove the timing cover.
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To install:

  1. Clean timing chain cover and block surface using rubbing alcohol. Do not use oil based liquids to clean timing cover or block surfaces.
    WARNING
    Use only rubbing alcohol, along with plastic or wooden scrapers. Use no wire brushes or abrasive wheels or metal scrapers, or damage to surfaces could result.

  2.  
  3. Inspect the water passage o-rings for any damage, and replace as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Apply Mopar® Engine RTV sealer to front cover as shown using a 3 to 4mm thick bead.
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  7. Install cover. Tighten fasteners in sequence as shown in to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).

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    Fig. Timing cover bolt tightening sequence-3.7L engine

  8.  
  9. Install crankshaft damper.
  10.  
  11. Install the A/C compressor.
  12.  
  13. Install the generator.
  14.  
  15. Install accessory drive belt tensioner.
  16.  
  17. Install radiator upper and lower hoses.
  18.  
  19. Install both heater hoses.
  20.  
  21. Install radiator fan.
  22.  
  23. Fill cooling system.
  24.  

4.7L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Valve covers
     
    Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
     
    Engine cooling fan and shroud
     
    Accessory drive belt
     
    Heater hoses
     
    Lower radiator hose
     
    Power steering pump
     
    Crankshaft damper
     
    Oil fill housing
     
    Accessory drive belt tensioner
     
    Alternator
     
    A/C compressor
     
    Front cover
     
    Front crankshaft seal
     

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To install:

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Fig. Timing chain cover bolt torque sequence-4.7L engine

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Front cover. Tighten the bolts, in sequence, to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     
    Front crankshaft seal
     
    Cylinder head access plugs
     
    A/C compressor
     
    Alternator
     
    Accessory drive belt tensioner. Tighten the bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     
    Oil fill housing
     
    Crankshaft damper. Tighten the bolt to 130 ft. lbs. (175 Nm).
     
    Power steering pump
     
    Lower radiator hose
     
    Heater hoses
     
    Accessory drive belt
     
    Engine cooling fan and shroud
     
    Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
     
    Valve covers
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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