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My engine is . 3.0 Vulcan single overhead cam. How do I remove the timing belt cover?

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To replace the timing cover on the 3rd Generation is an a time consuming job, but can be done home with the proper tools. First thing to do is unhook the battery. Once that is done you can now begin.

Started with trying to drop the Y-pipe, it wasn't happening in my case and for other this will more then likely be the case. The flange stud on the rear were so rusted, there was no nut or threads.

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I hope it helps

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You don't mention replacing any tensioner bearing which if worn could be causing the belt to drift.
I would probably remove any covers and physically watch the belt to try to determine which of the surfaces on which the belt runs is at fault. I think the belt is probably not that cheap so I hope you cure this soon.   

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Never turn the crankshaft of any of the overhead cam engines in the opposite direction of normal rotation. Backward rotation of the crankshaft may cause the timing belt to slip and alter the timing.

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Timing belt cover on the 2.3L and 2.5L engine

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Fig. Fig. 2: Timing belt assembly on the 2.3L and 2.5L engine

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Fig. Fig. 3: Releasing the timing belt tensioner using a special tool

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