Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
Use care when servicing a timing belt. Valve timing is absolutely critical to engine performance. If the valve timing marks on all drive sprockets are not properly aligned, engine damage will result. If only the belt and tensioner are being serviced, do not loosen the camshaft drive sprockets unless they are to be replaced. The sprockets have oversized openings and can be rotated several degrees in each direction on their shafts. This means the sprockets must be re-timed, requiring some special tools.
- Loosen the valve train rocker assemblies before servicing the timing components.
- Release the fuel system pressure using the recommended procedure.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cable
Support the engine with a floor jack.
Air cleaner assembly
If the timing belt is to be reused, mark the timing belt with the running direction for installation.
WARNINGAlways align the timing marks always use the crankshaft to rotate the engine. Failure to do this will result in severe engine damage.
- Rotate the engine clockw