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I want to replace the timing belt bearing on my Pt what is involved

Replacement of the timing belt bearing

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This job is very time consuming.

Since the water pump is driven off the timing belt, it isn't much harder then doing a timing belt.

When I changed the pump on my 2.4 neon, I learned a few lessons.

One disconnect the passenger and front motor mounts. It will help create space to remove the passenger motor mount bracket.

Have a good crank pulley puller and a source of heat. A crank puller wasn't strong enough to pull my pulley off. Add heat and it came off with ease.

Those were my two biggest wastes of time when I changed my pump. I think your biggest headache will be the A/C lines. I don't have A/C in my neon, but I've pulled some parts from cars with it. It is a pain to work around.

The rest is pretty easy. If you are doing a water pump, think about a new timing belt tensioner . You can download a PDF file of the Neon/SRT4 manual there. It will tell you how to do a waterpump on the 2.4

http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/neon2...

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