Kia Sportage 1998-02

Timing Belt & Sprockets

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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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  27. Align the timing marks.
    NOTE
    When aligning the cam pulleys with the seal plate marks, align the left cam pulley I mark and the right cam pulley on the E mark.


    WARNING
    When aligning the timing marks, do not turn the timing gear counterclockwise. Damage to the engine will occur.

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  29. Loosen the tensioner bolt. Pry the tensioner away from the belt. Tighten the tensioner bolt to relieve the pressure against the timing belt.
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  31. Remove the timing belt.
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  33. Remove the camshaft pulley attaching bolts. Use a driver placed through one of the holes in the pulley to prevent it from moving when the attaching bolt is removed. Remove and mark the pulleys.
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  35. Remove the lower timing belt pulley and locking bolt.

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    Fig. Align the crankshaft marks before removing the timing belt - 2.0L (VIN 3) Engine



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    Fig. Proper alignment of the intake and exhaust camshaft pulley timing marks- 2.0L (VIN 3) Engine



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    Fig. Exploded view of timing belt and related components - 2.0L (VIN 3) Engine

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To install:

  1. Install the camshaft pulleys. Tighten the bolts to 35-48 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm).
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  3. Install the lower timing belt pulley and locking bolt. Tighten the bolt to 120 ft. lbs. (162 Nm).
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  5. If necessary, align the timing marks.
    NOTE
    When aligning the cam pulleys with the seal plate marks, align the left cam pulley -I- mark and the right cam pulley on the -E- mark.


    WARNING
    When aligning the timing marks, do not turn the timing gear counterclockwise. Damage to the engine will occur.

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  7. Loosen the tensioner bolt. Pry the tensioner away from the belt. Tighten tensioner bolt to relieve the pressure against the timing belt.
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  9. Install the timing belt.
    WARNING
    If any binding is felt when adjusting the timing belt tension by turning the crankshaft, STOP turning the engine, because the pistons may be hitting the valves.

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  11. Loosen the tensioner bolt and allow the tensioner to tighten the timing belt. Tighten the tensioner bolt 27-38 ft. lbs. (37-52 Nm).
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  13. Check the timing belt deflection. If there is more than 0.30-0.33 inch (7.5-8.5mm) replace the tensioner spring.
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  15. Install the 2 lower timing belt cover bolts to the cover.
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  17. Install the 5 upper timing belt cover bolts to the cover.
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  19. Install and adjust the air conditioning and power steering drive belts.
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  21. Install the splash guard.
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  23. Install and tighten the alternator belt.
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  25. Install the upper radiator hose.
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  27. Install the fan and shroud as an assembly.
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  29. Install the 4 attaching nuts to the clutch fan.
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  31. Install the 5 fan shroud bolts.
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  33. Install the fresh air duct to the top of the radiator.
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  35. Properly fill the cooling system.
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  37. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  39. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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  41. Road test the vehicle.
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