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    Default Need info on timing belt adjustment-1996 LHS

    My car is a 1996 Chrysler LHS, 3.5, V6, DOHC.

    I replaced my water pump, but what I thought were full instructions on placing the timing belt were obviously lacking because now my car won't start, and I can tell it's missing when it's turning over).

    With any luck, the belt is off by a tooth, or I just have to line up the crankshaft (I lined up the cams before removing the belt initially ).

    So what I need to know is, does the belt need to be placed in a specific way so that the teeth line up? What if things being placed incorrectly initially really threw things out of wack once I attempted to start the vehicle? I'm guessing things will be positioned exactly the same as when I put it together, so maybe all I need to do is rotate the crankshaft and get the belt to the right tightness before I replace the tensioner.

    I would take this into a shop, but, for one, I feel capable of doing this myself...for 2, I am unemployed right now and cannot afford to have it fixed...and last, if I have someone else fix it for me i'll never learn to do it on my own.

    Please give detailed instructions if you can. I am supposed to be starting a job as a driver next week and I ready need to get this done.

    Thank you

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    These are the steps :
    Pop the latch and open your hood. Secure it in place using the locking rod.
    Disconnect your car's battery.
    Locate the timing belt and related apparatus. You may need to consult your vehicle's manual to find where the timing belt is located within your engine.
    Remove the timing cover.
    Relax the timing belt's tensioner. To do this, you'll need to loosen the bolts that hold it in place. Allow the tensioner to release so that it comes into easy contact with the timing belt.
    Adjust the timing belt as necessary. If its course has been disturbed, locate the problem and correct it. To complete this step, you'll need to consult your car's service manual or ask for some assistance from a pro.
    Compare the timing marks to make sure that the timing belt is on the right course. Look for timing marks on the crank, the cam and the sprockets. Make sure that they are all aligned evenly.
    Turn your engine manually by using a wrench to manipulate the crankshaft pulley. You should complete a couple of engine revolutions to make sure that the timing belt is properly seated in relation to the sprockets. Make sure you're not experiencing any resistance as the belt turns, and check to make sure that the pistons and valves do not touch each other as the timing belt completes its cycle.
    Tighten any of the bolts you've loosened along the belt's tensioner. Make sure that they fit snugly, but don't over-tighten them. That will make it more difficult to remove them the next time you need to adjust your timing belt.
    Reconnect your car's battery. Slam the hood and make sure it locks into the closed position
    Turn your car's engine on and check to make sure that everything is running smoothly.


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    The best way to do it, would be to soak the bolt areas with a lot of rust penetrant or WD-40 before attempting to remove the bolts. What tends to happen most of the time, is the headlight assemblies break during removal so be careful. Hope this helps.

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    I would recommend letting that be done by professionals..
    Action is eloquence.

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