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1992 dodge 3.0 Caravan head/timingchain removal procedures

I am a registered user. I am replacing the head gaskets and the car isstripped down to the timing chain and heads. All items around and theemotor mount is removed and engine supported. I am a good mechanic and i am trying to be careful so i do not messing up the timing.

I want to remove the head but I am not certain how to remove the head with the timing sprocket.
1. do i have to remove the distributor and if both cam timing marks are ok, where does the distributor have to be (do i have to mark it?)
2. the key questions are - Please explain in detail, how do i remove the heads?

Do i have to remove the timing sprockets and the shaft? Can i remove the heads another simple way. The service manual is not clear. Once the sprockets are marked can I remove the timing belt? Do you have any photos of the process?

These are all pertinent questions that any knowledgeable person can explain well.

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  • Eric  Kirkhuff
    Eric Kirkhuff Mar 01, 2009

    Hello i paid for chat but they could not answer my specific. Can you apply what i paid to a person who can answer my specific questions and not send me a service manual or a generic non-specific set of questions.
    I am looking for like an expert or experienced mechanic or retired person that knows this engine well that can guide me through the LAST steps of getting the heads off.
    Respectifully, thank you Eric Kirkhuff

  • Eric  Kirkhuff
    Eric Kirkhuff Mar 02, 2009

    I went there but it does not exactly explain the comment about the belt and sprocket. See what i copied from the autozone. How can you relieve the tension and remove the sprocket without having the belt slip at the same time. If the timing gears are marked, can't you remove the belt or just let it hang?

    Loosen the timing belt tensioner and remove the timing belt.When
    removing the timing belt from the camshaft sprocket, make sure the belt
    does not slip off of the other camshaft sprocket. Support extension.

  • Eric  Kirkhuff
    Eric Kirkhuff Mar 02, 2009

    Hopefully there is someone out there with real life experience.

  • Eric  Kirkhuff
    Eric Kirkhuff Mar 22, 2009

    Thank you I figured it out with my father and it was pretty tricky.


  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    this will kinda show a little better just pay attention to your engine 3.0

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    ok here is what you can do in this detail it states this so if you dont want to change the belt The camshaft sprocket can be suspended to keep the timing intact

    you will have to mark the belt with a paint pen and then also the sprocket to the matching teeth. this way you can put it on exactly the way it came off. Just make sure it doesnt slip off the crankshaft. jsut when you put it all together always turn a few times by hand and double check the alignment marks.

    1. Rotate the engine by hand, until the timing marks align (No. 1 piston at TDC). Lower the vehicle.
    2. With the timing marks aligned, remove the camshaft sprocket. The camshaft sprocket can be suspended to keep the timing intact. Remove the spark plug wires from the spark plugs.
    3. Remove the valve cover and curtain, if equipped. Remove the cylinder head bolts and washers, starting from the middle and working outward.
    4. Remove the cylinder head from the engine.

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    it is ok you should replace th etiming belt anyhow. when you put it all together then we will worry bout that. Once you put it all back together there are stamps on the cam sprockets which tell you there at top dead center. Now you must put your crankshaft at top dead center. now what you could do is before you remove the distributor is mark the body and the block so it goes back to the original position. Just do this when your at tdc on when you install the timing belt just start at the crankshaft and work counterclockwise keeping the belt as tight as possible makins sure that the marks on cam sprocket are still aligned. Now go around tensioner and tighten it up. Now turn a few times by hand and double check the marks on crank and on cam sprockets and make sure they line up. also if you have your distributor off you can see cylinder one should be lined up ready to fire with the distr. cap

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    did you try the link?

    it has in depth pictures and is pretty good.



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Sorry for the severe delay.
I am personally going back to answer your unanswered question.
I do not know if you still need the answer, but I am going to answer it in case you still do.

Click on the following direct Link. It has the Timing Belt Diagrams with Marks for the Camshaft and Crankshaft that you will need. It also has numerous other helpful diagrams for use.

Again my apologies...
Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information or questions. Feel Free to contact me at!

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