REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
The 2.3L engine covered by this information uses an auxiliary shaft (driven off the timing belt) to drive the oil pump and, on the VIN A engine, the distributor.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
- Remove the front timing belt cover.
- Remove the timing belt.
- Remove the auxiliary shaft timing sprocket retaining bolt. Remove the sprocket using a puller.
- On 1989-90 vehicles, remove the distributor.
- Remove the auxiliary shaft cover and thrust plate.
- Withdraw the auxiliary shaft from the block being careful not to damage the bearings.
- Dip the auxiliary shaft in engine oil before installing. Slide the auxiliary shaft into the cylinder block, being careful not to damage the bearings.
- Install the thrust plate. Tighten the thrust plate screws to 6-9 ft. lbs. (8-12 Nm).
- Install a new gasket and auxiliary shaft cover. Tighten the cover screws to 6-9 ft. lbs. (8-12 Nm).
The auxiliary shaft cover and cylinder front cover share a common gasket. Cut off the old gasket around the cylinder cover and use half of the new gasket on the auxiliary shaft cover.
- If equipped, insert the distributor.
- Install the auxiliary shaft sprocket.
- Align the timing marks and install the timing belt.
- Install the timing belt cover.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- On distributor equipped (VIN A) engines, be sure to check the ignition timing.