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What is the time belt ? why is it important to monitor it especially in used cars?

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If thi plymouth voyager as a 3.3l eng it does not have a timing belt it as a timing chain does not require any maintenace as all like the good ol days ..if it as a 3.0l eng then it as a rubber timing belt that control the valve timing that reqires replacing every 80 to 100, 000 miles make sure you know what engine this van as if its a 3,3l it wi say it on top of intake or 3.5l is the same they both have chain ...3.0l does have a timing BELT

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How to install timing belt

One way to do it, is to make a mark on the tooth wheels the timing belts is running over, and a correspondig mark on somewhere on the engine.
Another way is to turn the tooth wheels around, until the factory made position marks on the tooth wheels correspond with the factory made position marks on the engine (normally upper part).
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I don't know the distance intervals to change timing belt and Differencial system oil.

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Try this procedure.

To replace a worn belt, locate the idler or generator pulley.


Loosen the hold-down fastener for the idler or generator pulley.


Pry the idler or generator pulley inward to release the belt tension and remove the belt.


Match the old belt up for size with the new replacement belt.


Observe the belt routing diagram in the engine compartment.


Install the new belt over each of the drive pulleys. Often the manufacturer recommends a sequence for feeding the belt around the pulleys.


Art courtesy of Delmar - Thomson Learning.
Pry out the idler or generator pulley to put tension on the belt.
Pry out the idler or generator pulley to put tension on the belt.


Install the belt squarely in the grooves of each pulley.


Before adjusting belt tension, check for proper pulley alignment. This is especially critical with serpentine belts. Measure the belt deflection in its longest span. If a belt tension gauge is available, use it and compare the tension to specifications.
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Pry the idler or generator pulley to adjust the belt to specifications.


Tighten the idler or generator pulley fastener.


Start the engine and check the belt for proper operation.

Any more questions please ask. Good luck.

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