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I have a 1982 toyota pickup with the 22r. My dist. is not turnning.Does it have a chain or a belt?,and what kind of tensioner?

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The 22R engine has a timing chain. The tensioner is like a small plastic block that pushes the chain to the side between the crankshaft and the camshaft.
Best way to find the problem with the distributor, is to take the valve cover off and see if the timing chain is broken or the gear running off the camshaft is broken.

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How to fix a timing chain rattle on a 85-94 Toyota 22R engine

Toyota 22R 1985-94 85- Celica, P.U., Four runner.

There are two basic different 20-21-22r engines, and three different timing chain setups. The early tall block 20-22r block used a dual row chain with steel backed rubber faced guides, the 83-84 22r used a single row chain with plastic guides and short step bolts, then came the final setup, a shorter block, thinner head, combustion chamber with a large squish area, nearly flat pistons, and pear shaped exhaust ports. It has a single row chain, with plastic guides with long step bolts on the left (drivers side) and short step bolts on the right holding the guides on. On this last 22R there is high incidence of guide failure, usually starting with the long straighter left guide breaking, allowing the chain to rattle against the timing cover in the area where the coolant passes through to the water pump, eventually wearing through and letting coolant into the crankcase. Upon inspection we find the chain is loose when installed, the tensioner is close to half way out on a new engine.

If we use a right side, curved guide and
short step bolts from an 83-84 and a prestretched timing chain, it goes together tight, the tensioner is fully retracted making the whole setup have less play, and less chance to rattle and break the left guide. I've never seen this setup fail, oil leaks from using sealant around the oil ports on the right side have been tough, but using the factory gasket on this side seems to work, also the felpro with printed seal in this area seem to work well.

This is critical if the block and head have been surfaced, making the chain even looser.

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Belt pattern.3 belts .taken off to replace water pump forgot how they went.

Search online for R&R belts for the year and make and model of vehicle and engine type you're working on. Example : R&R belts for a 1982 Toyota pickup 22r engine.

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Show me a picture of the 22r timing chain tencher

If the tensioner is broken, then best to do a whole new timing chain replacement as have to pull everything off anyway. Install h new chain, gears, and use steel tensioners this time and not the normal plastic ones.

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Hi, it appears there are other belts in front of the alternator belt. In this case, the other belts have to come off first. There are adjusting mechanisms on each the air pump, compressor, and alternator to loosen and tighten the belts. The power steering belt is adjusted by sliding the idler pulley. Please follow the instructions below and let me know if you have any questions.


See Figures 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11


Fig. Fig. 6: Loosen the pivot bolt ...


Fig. Fig. 7: ... push the component inwards ...


Fig. Fig. 8: ... slip the old belt off and install a new one


Fig. Fig. 9: Pull outwards to tension the belt


Fig. Fig. 10: Belt routing on the 20R, 22R and 22R-EC engines


Fig. Fig. 11: Belt routing on the 4ME, 5ME and 5MG-E engines


To adjust the tension of the alternator drive belt on all models, loosen the pivot and mounting bolts on the alternator. Using a wooden hammer handle, a broomstick or your hand, move the alternator one way or the other until the proper tension is achieved.

WARNING Do not use a screwdriver or any other metal device (such as a prybar) as a lever.
Tighten the mounting bolts securely. If a new belt has been installed, recheck the tension after about 200 miles (480 km) of driving.

Air Conditioning Compressor

A/C compressor belt tension can be adjusted by turning the tension adjusting bolt which is located on the compressor tensioner bracket. Turn the bolt clockwise to tighten the belt and counterclockwise to loosen it.

Air Pump

See Figures 12
To adjust the tension of the air pump drive belt, loosen the adjusting lever bolt and the pivot bolt. Move the pump in or out until the desired tension is felt.
The tension should be checked between the air pump and the crankshaft pulley on cars without air conditioning. On cars with A/C, the tension should be checked between the A/C compressor and the crankshaft pulley.


Fig. Fig. 12: Moving the air pump to tension the drive belt

Power Steering Pump

Tension on the power steering belt is adjusted by means of an idler pulley. Turn the adjusting bolt on the idler pulley until the desired tension is felt and then retighten the lockbolt.

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Timing belt/chain

take a peek in your timing chain, if its still there and tensioned, if it is,then that shouldnt be it, look for some other posible cause. i havent had any situation that a timing chain jumped into the next teeth. I assume that you got a 4 cyl 22r engine.

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