Neon, 2000-2005

Timing Belt Cover

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
For crankshaft seal removal and installation, please refer to the oil pump procedure location earlier in this section.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the accessory drive belts.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the right inner splash shield.
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  7. Remove the crankshaft damper, as outlined earlier in this section.
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  9. Remove the lower timing belt cover fasteners.

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    Fig. After removing the crankshaft damper, you can remove the timing belt cover lower fasteners

    After removing the crankshaft damper, you can remove the timing belt cover lower fasteners
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  11. Carefully lower the vehicle, then support the engine with a floor jack and block of wood under the oil pan. NEVER place the jack directly on the oil pan, use a block of wood to disperse the weight of the engine.

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    Fig. Safely and carefully support the engine with a suitable floor jack and block of wood under the oil pan

    Safely and carefully support the engine with a suitable floor jack and block of wood under the oil pan
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  13. Disconnect the hoses, unplug the connector and remove the purge solenoid.

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    Fig. Disconnect the hoses, detach the connector, then remove the purge solenoid

    Disconnect the hoses, detach the connector, then remove the purge solenoid
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  15. Unfasten the retainers, then remove the right engine mount. You will have to remove the access plug to get to the insulator bolt.

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    Fig. The right engine mount is secured with two vertical bolts (1) and a horizontal insulator bolt (2)

    The right engine mount is secured with two vertical bolts (1) and a horizontal insulator bolt (2)

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    Fig. Remove the plug (see arrow) in order to access the insulator bolt

    Remove the plug (see arrow) in order to access the insulator bolt

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    Fig. Once the bolt is loosened, you can withdraw it through the access hole . . .

    Once the bolt is loosened, you can withdraw it through the access hole . . .

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    Fig. . . . then you can remove the right side engine mount

    . . . then you can remove the right side engine mount
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  17. Unbolt the power steering pump and position it aside for more working space. Do NOT disconnect the power steering fluid lines!

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    Fig. For added space, unbolt the power steering pump and position it aside. Do NOT disconnect the fluid lines!

    For added space, unbolt the power steering pump and position it aside. Do NOT disconnect the fluid lines!
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  19. Remove the right engine mount bracket.

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    Fig. Unfasten the engine mount bracket retaining bolts (you may have the raise the engine with the jack for access)

    Unfasten the engine mount bracket retaining bolts (you may have the raise the engine with the jack for access)

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    Fig. Then, remove the engine mount bracket. Keep in mind it may take some maneuvering to remove it from the vehicle

    Then, remove the engine mount bracket. Keep in mind it may take some maneuvering to remove it from the vehicle
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  21. Unfasten the remaining retainers, then remove the timing belt cover from the engine.

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    Fig. Remove any remaining retainers, then remove the timing belt cover from the engine

    Remove any remaining retainers, then remove the timing belt cover from the engine

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    Fig. Timing belt cover and fastener location-DOHC engine shown, SOHC similar

    Timing belt cover and fastener location-DOHC engine shown, SOHC similar
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To install:

  1. Install the front timing belt cover and secure with the upper and/or side fasteners.
  2.  
  3. Install the right engine mount bracket.
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  5. Reposition the power steering pump and bolt it securely in place.
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  7. Install the right engine mount, then remove the jack from under the oil pan.
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  9. Install the purge solenoid and attach the connector and hoses.
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  11. Install the lower timing belt fasteners.
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  13. Install the crankshaft damper, as outlined earlier in this section.
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  15. Install the inner splash shield, then carefully lower the vehicle.
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  17. Install the accessory drive belts.
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  19. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then install the right inner splash shield.
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  21. Carefully lower the vehicle, then connect the negative battery cable.
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