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I have a 1990 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder, Model xlt. I need to set the timing on the engine and I need some specific instruction on how to go ahead and do that. Thank you for your help!

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 2.0L and 2.3L Engines Fig. 1: Exploded view of the timing belt cover on the 2.0L and 2.3L engineI have a 1990 Ford - 8a29f2c.gif

Fig. 2: Exploded view of the timing belt assembly on the 2.0L and 2.3L engine


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


1. Rotate the engine so that No. 1 cylinder is at TDC on the compression stroke. Check that the timing marks are aligned on the camshaft and crankshaft pulleys. An access plug is provided in the cam belt cover so that the camshaft timing can be checked without removal of the cover or any other parts. Set the crankshaft to TDC by aligning the timing mark on the crank pulley with the TDC mark on the belt cover. Look through the access hole in the belt cover to make sure that the timing mark on the cam drive sprocket is lined up with the pointer on the inner belt cover. To remove the timing belt, first rotate the engine and align the timing marks to TDC

Remove the camshaft gear alignment inspecI have a 1990 Ford - cb9bebf.jpg . .

NOTE: Always turn the engine in the normal direction of rotation. Backward rotation may cause the timing belt to jump time, due to the arrangement of the belt tensioner.

Drain cooling system. Remove the upper radiator hose as necessary. Remove the fan blade and water pump pulley bolts. . . . and ensure that the marks are aligned. If not, rotatI have a 1990 Ford - 9ade07c.jpge one complete turn


I have a 1990 Ford - 3e17ca2.jpgengine cooling fan attaching bolts . . .


When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are quite likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.

Loosen the alternator retaining bolts and remove the drive belt from the pulleys. I have a 1990 Ford - 7e8ce3b.jpg water pump pulley. . . . then remove the fan from the vehicle

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Loosen the accessory drive belt tensioner bolts . . .

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. . . then remove the belt (or belts if equipped with air conditioning)


Once the belts are out of the way, remove the water pump pulley . . .


4.Loosen and position the power steering pump mounting bracket and position it aside.

5. Remove the four timing belt outer cover retaining I have a 1990 Ford - 2c7dc24.jpgemove the cover. Remove the crankshaft pulley and belt guide. . . . as well as the tensioner pulley which may be in the way of the front cover


Remove the upper belt cover retaining screw - 1989 shown, earlier models use two screws

Remove the lower belt cover retaining screw - 1989 shown, earlier models use two screws


6. Loosen the belt tensioner pulley assembly, then position a camshaft belt adjuster tool (T74P-6254-A or equivalent) on the tensiI have a 1990 Ford - dfa9cca.jpgollpin and retract the belt tensioner away from the timing belt. Tighten the adjustment bolt to lock the tensioner in the retracted pI have a 1990 Ford - 66791f2.jpgosen and remove the crankshaft pulley retaining bolts . . .


Disengage the plastic lock tabs on the outer timing belt cover . . .

. . . and remove the cover from the engine


Mark the direction of rotation on the old belt, in case you need to reinstall it

7. Remove the timing belt. Loosen the tensioner pulley adjusting bolt . . .

. . . then loosen the pivot bolt. Rotate the tensioner to relieve the pressure . . .


. . . and tighten the adjuster bolt then remove the belt from the cam and crankshaft pulleys


  1. To install:
  2. Install the new belt over the crankshaft sprocket and then counterclockwise over the auxiliary and camshaft sprockets, making sure the lugs on the belt properly engage the sprocket teeth on the pulleys. Be careful not to rotate the pulleys when installing the belt.
  3. Release the timing belt tensioner pulley, allowing the tensioner to take up the belt slack. If the spring does not have enough tension to move the roller against the belt (belt hangs loose), it might be necessary to manually push the roller against the belt and tighten the bolt. NOTE: The spring cannot be used to set belt tension; a wrench must be used on the tensioner assembly.

  4. Rotate the crankshaft two complete turns by hand (in the normal direction of rotation) to remove the slack from the belt, then tighten the tensioner adjustment and pivot bolts to specifications. Refer to the necessary illustrations. Make sure the belt is seated properly on the pulleys and that the timing marks are still in alignment when No. 1 cylinder is again at TDC/compression.
  5. Install the crankshaft pulley and belt guide.
  6. Install the timing belt cover.
  7. Install the water pump pulley and fan blades. Install upper radiator hose if necessary. Refill the cooling system.
  8. Position the alternator and drive belts, then adjust and tighten it to specifications.
  9. Start the engine and check the ignition timing. Adjust the timing, if necessary.
Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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