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Reinstalling 04 dodge stratus 2.4 timing belt. don't want to mess up anything. need complete details. already have old one off

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  • ronpc Sep 13, 2009

    are u suggesting that I purchase a new tensioner for installation? And when aligning the camshaft sprockets, do I turn them counterclockwise or clockwise or does it matter

  • ronpc Sep 14, 2009

    This is my first time using fixya. I ran across it on the internet. So glad I did. I wasn't going to put that belt on until I received an expert solution. I'll b using fixya from now on. Thanks



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Thanks for using FixYa. Please follow this procedure for installation of timing belt on your 2.4 L Dodge Strartus(2004 model)--

  1. Set crankshaft sprocket to TDC by aligning the sprocket with the arrow on the oil pump housing.
  2. Set camshafts timing marks so that the exhaust camshaft sprocket is a 1/2 notch below the intake camshaft sprocket Camshaft Sprocket Alignment For Timing Belt Installation.
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CAUTION: Ensure that the arrows on both camshaft sprockets are facing up.
  1. Install timing belt. Starting at the crankshaft, go around the water pump sprocket, idler pulley, camshaft sprockets and then around the tensioner
  1. Move the exhaust camshaft sprocket counterclockwise Timing Belt - Installation to align marks and take up belt slack
NOTE: A new tensioner is held in the wound position by a pull pin.
  1. Remove the pull pin or Allen wrench from the belt tensioner.
  2. Once the timing belt has been installed and tensioner released, rotate the crankshaft two (2) complete revolutions. Verify that the TDC marks on crankshaft and timing marks on the camshafts are aligned as shown in Crankshaft and Camshaft Timing.
  1. Install right engine mount and support bracket. Refer to Removal and Installation procedure in this section.
  2. Install upper timing belt cover bolts 4.5 N·m (40 in. lbs.)
  3. Install the lower timing belt cover bolts 4.5 N·m (40 in. lbs.)
  4. Install generator belt idler pulley and tighten bolt to 54 N·m (40 ft. lbs.)
  5. Install crankshaft damper. Refer to procedure in this section.
  6. Install accessory drive belts. Refer toCooling System.
  7. Install right inner splash shield.
This will also help--


Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


Posted on Sep 13, 2009

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Sep 13, 2009


    You'll need to turn the camshaft sprocket counterclockwise. If the old tensioner is not worn and the condition looks good then don't use a new one.

    Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.




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