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How do i reset the timing belt on a 2002 dodge interpid 3.5 v6

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  1. Remove the passenger headlight and disconnect the negative terminal of the battery
  2. Drain the radiator.
  3. Remove the driver’s side headlight
  4. Remove the upper radiator cowl. (That’s the big metal piece running across the front of the car. don't forget the hood latch.)
  5. Disconnect the small hose on the driver's side, top of the radiator. 
  6. Remove the four bolts holding the fans to the radiator.
  7. The fans can be removed by pushing them towards the passenger side, raising the driver’s side above the lower radiator hose, then coming back towards the drivers side.
  8. Loosen both belt tensioners and remove the belts. The bolt going through the pulley locks the tensioner in place.  Loosen it and then back off the tensioner bolt.
  9. Using the Chrysler Harmonic Balancer Removal Tool (Available at AutoZone), remove the harmonic balancer.
  10. Remove the serpentine belt tensioner completely.
  11. Remove the bolts on the aluminum timing belt cover on the driver's side.
  12. Remove the bolts on the stamped steel timing belt cover.  (Do not scrape the gasket material off, it is reusable.)
  13. Using the crank bolt and an 18mm socket, rotate the crank to TDC.  There’s an arrow on the pulley and TDC marked on the block.
  14. If the car is in time, the slot in each cam should line up between the two dots on the block at 12 o'clock.  If not, rotate the crank once and check again.
  15. If the marks do not line up, some adjustment of the cams will be needed before placing the new belt on.
  16. Loosen the timing belt tensioner out slowly.  Complete removal is not necessary.
  17. Pull the old belt off.  If the crank are in time, they will not rotate.  TDC (and 6-7 o'clock) is a natural resting place.  If they are out of time, have someone hold the cams with a breaker bar (not a ratchet) and socket before removing the timing belt, then SLOWLY rotate them to TDC.
  18. The passenger’s side cam should be set a little to the right of the two dots.  This allows the cam to time properly when tightening the tensioner.
  19. Install the new timing belt by starting at the crank, then up over the driver’s side cam, under the water pump, and over the passenger’s side cam.  
  20. Slowly tighten the tensioner back up and watch the timing of the passenger's side cam.  You may have to back it off and adjust the cam to allow for the rotation while tightening the tensioner.
  21. Reinstall the covers, then the crank pulley. The crank pulley bolt can be used to draw the crank pulley back onto the crank shaft.
  22. The rest is putting everything back on in the reverse order.
 
NOTE: Depending on mileage, I suggest replacing the water pump while you're in there.  It's fairly cheap and will save you a lot of time and trouble if it were to go out later; cause you'd get to do this all again!
 

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

Well the dodge intrepid 3.5 liter has a timing belt and a harmonic balancer the time belt is on the front of the engine and to get to it the radiator must be removed also the accessory belt needs to come of it should have two one for power steering and one for alternator the need to be removed then you need to get a three pulley puller it has three masts instead of two if you dont use this tool your pulley will vibrate when you put it back on then remove the bolts holding the cover behind the accessory pulley and there is the timing belt and then there should be two identical marks on the two shafts the both need to be in a perfect 90 degree angle to one another and you may have to rotate them be hand to tell whether when it goes around a few times it messes the timing up .

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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