Liberty, Wrangler, 1997-2005

Timing Chain Cover

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Removal & Installation



3.7L Engine
  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
  2.  
  3. Drain cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Remove electric cooling fan and fan shroud assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove fan and fan drive assembly.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect both heater hoses at timing cover.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect lower radiator hose at engine.
  12.  
  13. Remove accessory drive belt tensioner assembly .
  14.  
  15. Remove crankshaft damper.
  16.  
  17. Remove the generator.
  18.  
  19. Remove A/C compressor.
    CAUTION
    The 3.7L engine uses an anaerobic sealer instead of a gasket to seal the front cover to the engine block, from the factory. For service, Mopar® Grey Engine RTV sealant must be substituted.


    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:


CAUTION
Do not use oil based liquids to clean timing cover or block surfaces. 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.

  1. Clean timing chain cover and block surface using rubbing alcohol.
    CAUTION
    The 3.7L uses a special anaerobic sealer instead of a gasket to seal the timing cover to the engine block, from the factory. For service repairs, Mopar® Grey Engine RTV must be used as a substitute.

  2.  
  3. Inspect the water passage O-rings for any damage, and replace as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Apply Mopar® Grey Engine RTV sealer to the front cover following the path below, using a 3 to 4mm thick bead .
  6.  
  7. Install cover. Tighten flange head fasteners in sequence as shown in to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install crankshaft damper.
  10.  
  11. Install the A/C compressor.
  12.  
  13. Install the generator.
  14.  
  15. Install accessory drive belt tensioner assembly.
  16.  
  17. Install radiator upper and lower hoses.
  18.  
  19. Install both heater hoses.
  20.  
  21. Install electric fan shroud and viscous fan drive assembly.
  22.  
  23. Fill cooling system.
  24.  
  25. Connect the battery negative cable.
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