Tracker 2000-2004

Timing Chain Cover

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Removal & Installation



2.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Drain the engine oil.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Intake manifold
     
    Ignition coils
     
    Valve covers
     
    Accessory drive belts
     
    Cooling fan and shroud
     
    Water pump pulley
     
    Radiator
     
    Power steering pump and brackets
     
    Oil pan and pickup tube
     
    Crankshaft pulley
     
    Front crankshaft seal
     
    Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor
     
    Front cover
     

  8.  
  9. Rotate the crankshaft so that the timing marks are aligned as shown.
    WARNING
    Do not allow the crankshaft or camshafts to rotate once the timing chains have been removed. Valve or piston damage could result.



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    Fig. Timing chain alignment marks-2.5L engine

  10.  
  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Left bank No. 2 timing chain tensioner
     
    Left bank intake and exhaust camshaft sprockets with the No. 2 timing chain
     
    No. 1 timing chain guides
     
    No. 1 timing chain tensioner
     
    Center idler sprocket and the No. 1 timing chain
     
    Right bank No. 1 timing chain sprocket
     

  12.  
  13. The right bank No. 2 timing chain is removed with the intake and exhaust camshafts.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Prepare the timing chain tensioners for installation by releasing the latches, compressing the tensioner piston fully into the bore and installing retaining pins.
  2.  
  3. Align the timing chain sprocket matchmarks and colored chain links as shown during assembly.

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    Fig. Right bank camshaft timing marks-2.5L engine



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    Fig. No. 1 timing chain alignment-2.5L engine



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    Fig. Left bank camshaft alignment-2.5L engine



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    Fig. Align the left bank No. 2 chain silver links-2.5L engine

  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Right bank intake and exhaust camshafts with the No. 2 timing chain
     
    Right bank No. 1 timing chain sprocket. Tighten the bolt to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     
    Center idler sprocket and the No. 1 timing chain. Tighten the fastener to 32 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    No. 1 timing chain tensioner and guides. Tighten the bolts to 97 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
     
    Left bank intake and exhaust camshaft sprockets with the No. 2 timing chain. Tighten the bolts to 57 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     
    Left bank No. 2 timing chain tensioner. Tighten the bolts to 97 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the retaining pins from the timing chain tensioners.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the crankshaft two complete turns and check that the timing marks align.
  10.  
  11. Install or connect the following:

    Front cover. Tighten the bolts to 97 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
     
    CKP sensor
     
    Front crankshaft seal
     
    Crankshaft pulley. Tighten the bolt to 109 ft. lbs. (148 Nm).
     
    Oil pan and pickup tube
     
    Power steering pump and brackets
     
    Radiator
     
    Water pump pulley
     
    Cooling fan and shroud
     
    Accessory drive belts
     
    Valve covers
     
    Ignition coils
     
    Intake manifold
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  12.  
  13. Fill the crankcase to the correct level.
  14.  
  15. Fill the cooling system.
  16.  
  17. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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