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How to synchronize and replace the timming chain?

Grand Cherokee 2002 4x4 V8 4.7
Need to know how to disasemble it and how to put it back all together
Can anyone help me, please?

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  • pacovelazque Jul 21, 2009

    First of all, thank you very much for your time and help.
    Ok i'am replacing the timing chains, i can do that, no problem, but i rather have the information to put everything back in place and set the right timming, on the engine, where can i find that information? Can i buy a manual at Pep boys? and what kind of manual do i need?
    I hope i made myself clear this time.
    Thanks a lot emissionwiz

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u need to buy a used FACTORY manual, try ebay, THAT MEANS A MANUAL WRITTEN BY CHRYSLER CORP, NO THAT CRAPOLA HAYNES OR CHILTON JUNK.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u need to buy a used factory manual, try ebay.

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Get a manual if you plan on a teardown, or rebuild of the 4.7. Tough motor to work on. Timing is a nightmare, and if you don't know what you are doing, you will bend and break alot of stuff. Get a manual.

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