Question about 1995 Dodge Dakota
Just replaced the head gasket on my 1995 Dodge Dakota (manual trans).
after putting everything back together, and replacing (and properly gaping)
the spark plugs my truck seems to be having trouble getting up and going. it's a bit sluggish. I checked all vacuum hoses and PCV connections and everything was fine. It could be the timing but I can't find a way to adjust the timing without tearing it down, taking the belts off, then having to put it all back together just to see if it's in time.
It is a 2.5 4cyl engine OHC (overhead cam)
If there is a way to time it correctly without all that hassle I would love to know.
Thanks in advance for any solutions.
Unfortunately you do have to tear it all down, but it's not as bad as it sounds. the 4cyl is easy to work on. you don't have to put it all back together to find out if timing is correct. if you have a good fully charged battery just run the engine with only the timing belt attached. (of course be absolutley sure to keep tools, engine pars, and hands clear!)
put on the parking break and the trans in neutral
tear down to the timing belt
adjust to tdc (there is a hash mark on the cam gear)
remove or losen the idler pully
allign the timing gear and crank gear. there are marks on these from the factory install.
tighten idler pulley
run engine. it should be fairly obvious if it's too advanced or lagged when you give it some gas.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
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