Question about Chrysler Sebring
TDC can be found by re-installing the cover and referencing the "0" mark on the timing scale with the hash mark on the pulley. If there isn't one, your other option is to make a reference mark on the pulley and a reference mark in the same place on a fixed immovable part of the block with the #1 piston near the top of it's bore. Place a long bolt of the exact thread size as the sparkplug into the plug hole, 'till it touches the piston, then back it off a few turns. Then turn the engine by hand in one direction, till it stops. Make a mark at the block reference position on the pulley. Then again by hand, turn backwards till it agian stops. Make another mark. Exactly half way between the two marks you made on the pulley is absolute TDC.Turn the crank so that the halfway mark on the pulley is aligned with your block reference. The very first mark you made on the pulley is just so you can return to that position if necessary. Once TDC has been established Do not turn the engine at all. Don't forget to remove bolt in plug hole. Use your manual to find correct index mark for camshaft gear(s) and any other pulleys.
Not sure what is meant by "holes aligning" on tensioner. Once "free" retainer holes cant remain aligned. Most important is that the tensioner is firmly against the belt and doing it's job. I always turn the engine twice, sometimes four times, back to tdc and re-check cam position.and to verify that valves are not hitting pistons. (turn by hand only with no plugs in the engine) After position is verified as correct, put it together.
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
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