Kia Sportage 1998-02

Timing Belt Front Cover

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
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  7. Remove the alternator drive belt.
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  9. Remove the fresh air duct from the top of the radiator.
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  11. Remove the upper radiator hose.
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  13. Remove the 4 attaching nuts to the clutch fan.
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  15. Remove the 5 fan shroud bolts. Remove the fan and shroud as an assembly.
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  17. Remove the 4 splash guard mounting bolts and the splash guard.
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  19. Loosen the lockbolts and loosen the air conditioning drive belt.
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  21. Loosen the power steering lock and mounting bolt. Remove the power steering belt.
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  23. Remove the 5 upper timing belt cover bolts and remove the cover.
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  25. Remove the 2 lower timing belt cover bolts and remove the cover.
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To install:

  1. Install the 2 lower timing belt cover bolts to the cover and tighten to 74 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  3. Install the 5 upper timing belt cover bolts to the cover and tighten to 74 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  5. Install and adjust the air conditioning and power steering drive belts.
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  7. Install the splash guard.
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  9. Install and tighten the alternator belt.
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  11. Install the upper radiator hose.
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  13. Install the fan and shroud as an assembly.
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  15. Install the 4 attaching nuts to the clutch fan.
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  17. Install the 5 fan shroud bolts.
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  19. Install the fresh air duct to the top of the radiator.
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  21. Properly fill the cooling system.
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  23. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  25. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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  27. Road test the vehicle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of timing belt covers - 2.0L (VIN 3) Engine

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