PT Cruiser, 2001 - 2005

Balance Shaft

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Removal & Installation



  1. Drain engine oil.
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  3. Remove the oil pan and pick-up tube.
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  5. If replacing crankshaft sprocket, remove oil pump.
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  7. Remove chain cover, guide and tensioner. Discard pivot screw and adjuster screw.
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  9. Remove screw retaining balance shaft drive sprocket. Remove chain and sprocket.
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  11. Using two wide pry bars, work the crankshaft sprocket back and forth until it is off the crankshaft.
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  13. Remove gear cover retaining stud (double ended to also retain chain guide). Remove cover and balance shaft gears.
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  15. Remove rear cover and balance shafts.
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  17. Remove four carrier to crankcase attaching bolts to separate carrier from engine bedplate.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the balance shafts and carrier assembly: sprocket (1); tensioner (2); plug (3); carrier (4); rear cover (5); balance shafts (6); gears (7); gear cover (8); chain cover (9); sprocket (10); guide (11); and chain (12)

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To install:

  1. Balance shaft and carrier assembly installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. During installation crankshaft-to-balance shaft timing must be established. Refer to Timing procedure in this section.
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  3. With balance shafts installed in carrier position carrier on crankcase and install four attaching bolts and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).