PT Cruiser, 2001 - 2005

Timing Belt Cover

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Removal & Installation



Lower Front Cover
  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove right front wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the right splash shield.
  6.  
  7. Remove accessory drive belts.
  8.  
  9. Remove crankshaft damper.
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  11. Remove the lower torque strut.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect exhaust system from manifold.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect A/C pressure switch at rear of compressor housing.
  16.  
  17. Lower vehicle and support engine with a jack.
  18.  
  19. Discharge A/C system and disconnect A/C lines at coupling block.
  20.  
  21. Remove upper torque strut.
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  23. Remove screw attaching ground strap to strut bracket.
  24.  
  25. Remove torque strut bracket from strut tower.
  26.  
  27. Remove upper radiator closure panel.
  28.  
  29. Remove power steering pump and bracket. Set pump aside. Do not disconnect lines from pump.
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  31. With engine properly supported, remove right engine mount through bolt.
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  33. Raise engine with jack until engine support bracket bolts are accessible.
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  35. Remove engine support bracket.
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  37. Remove timing belt cover fasteners and remove cover.
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To install:

  1. Install lower timing belt cover and tighten fasteners to 50 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install right engine support bracket. Ensure the power steering pump is properly located in mounting location on bracket. Tighten mount bracket bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Lower engine into mounting position and install right engine mount through bolt. Tighten bolt to 87 ft. lbs. (118 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install power steering pump and bracket.
  8.  
  9. Install upper radiator closure panel.
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  11. Install torque strut bracket to strut tower.
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  13. Connect ground strap to bracket.
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  15. Install upper torque strut.
  16.  
  17. Connect A/C lines and charge A/C system.
  18.  
  19. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. Connect exhaust system to manifold.
  22.  
  23. Connect A/C pressure switch connector.
  24.  
  25. Install crankshaft damper.
  26.  
  27. Install accessory drive belts.
  28.  
  29. Install lower torque strut.
  30.  
  31. Perform torque strut adjustment procedure.
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  33. Install right splash shield.
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  35. Install right front wheel.
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  37. Connect negative cable to battery.
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Upper Front Cover
  1. Remove upper torque strut attaching bolts and set strut aside.
  2.  
  3. Turbocharger equipped vehicles:
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  5. Discharge and evacuate the A/C system. Refer to the Heating & Air Conditioning Section.
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  7. Disconnect air conditioning lines at junction block near upper timing belt cover.
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  9. Remove upper timing belt cover fasteners and remove cover.

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    Fig. Front timing belt covers

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To install:

  1. Install timing belt cover and tighten fasteners to 50 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install upper torque strut.
  4.  
  5. Turbocharger equipped vehicles:

    Connect air conditioning lines at junction block near upper timing belt cover.
     
    Recharge the A/C as outlined in the Heating & Air Conditioning Section.
     

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  7. Perform torque strut adjustment procedure.
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