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How to replace timing chain?

What parts do you have to remove to replace timing chain?

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  • letsgorace48 Aug 18, 2008

    i also need to know what parts need to be taken off to get to the timing chain

  • Jaime lee cleary Jun 17, 2013

    I'm not not what you mean..

  • Jaime lee cleary Jun 17, 2013

    I don't know what parts need to be taken off, that's why I was asking how to do it



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How do I put a water pump on 2.4 grand am

There are a lot of steps, and you need to take your time. You will need access to a lift or jack stand, and make sure you keep the work area clean and organised, taking photos of the timing system will make your life easier when it comes to re-timing the engine.

Water Pump Replacement (2.4L)
Removal Procedure
  1. Drain the coolant. Recover the coolant. Refer to Cooling System Draining and Filling.
  2. Remove the exhaust manifold. Refer to Exhaust Manifold Replacement in Engine Exhaust.
  3. Remove the coolant intake pipe. Refer to Engine Coolant Inlet Pipe Replacement in Engine Cooling.
  4. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Disconnect the heater hose quick connect from the heater outlet pipe.
  6. Remove the timing chain and tensioner. Refer to Camshaft Timing Chain, Sprocket, and Tensioner Replacement in Engine Mechanical - 2.4L. (see below procedure)
  7. Remove the water pump cover-to-cylinder block bolts.
  8. Remove water pump pipe to cylinder block bolt.
  9. Remove the 3?water pump-to-timing chain housing nuts.
  10. Remove the water pump and cover assembly.
  11. Remove the water pump cover-to-coolant pump assembly bolts.
  12. Clean all sealing surfaces.
Installation Procedure
    Important: Before you install the coolant pump, read the entire procedure. Follow the tightening sequences in order to avoid part damage and to provide proper sealing.

  1. Install the pump cover bolts. Hand tighten the bolts.
  2. Install water pump cover assembly.
  3. Install the cover-to-block bolts. Hand tighten the bolts.
  4. Install the coolant pump-to-timing chain housing nuts. Hand tighten the nuts.
  5. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Cautions and Notices.
  6. Torque in sequence as follows:
    1. Tighten the water pump-to-timing chain housing nuts.
      Tighten water pump to timing chain housing nuts to 26?Y (19?lb?ft).
    2. Tighten the pump cover-to-pump assembly bolts.
      Tighten the water pump cove to water pump bolts to 14?Y (124?lb?in).
    3. Tighten the coolant pump cover-to-engine block bolts. Tighten the bottom bolt first.
      Tighten water pump to engine block bolts to 26?Y (19?lb?ft).
  7. Install heater hose to pipe on water pump.
  8. Install the exhaust manifold and install new gaskets. Refer to Exhaust Manifold Replacement in Engine Exhaust.
  9. Install oil level indicator tube and indicator. Refer to Oil Level Indicator Tube Replacement in Engine Mechanical-2.4L.
  10. Connect the brake vacuum pipe to the cam housing.
  11. Raise the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  12. Install catalytic converter to to manifold. Refer to Catalytic Converter Replacement in Engine Exhaust.
  13. Install the coolant inlet pipe. Refer to Engine Coolant Inlet Pipe Replacement.
  14. Install the timing chain and tensioner. Refer to Camshaft Timing Chain, Sprocket, and Tensioner Replacement in Engine Mechanical - 2.4L.
  15. Lower the vehicle.
  16. Connect the oxygen sensor connector.
  17. Fill cooling system. Refer to Cooling System Draining and Filling in Engine Cooling.
  18. Inspect the system for leaks.
Camshaft Timing Chain, Sprocket, and Tensioner Replacement
Removal Procedure
    Caution: Refer to Battery Disconnect Caution in Cautions and Notices.
    Notice: The timing chain on the LD9 (VIN T) Twin Cam Engine is not to be replaced with the timing chain from any other model year. The timing sprockets are different on the Twin Cam engine and the shape of the links matches the sprockets. Engine damage may result if the wrong timing chain is used. The timing chain and the crankshaft sprocket must be marked so that they are reinstalled in the same side facing out at the time of reassembly.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the engine front cover. Refer to Engine Front Cover Replacement.
  3. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise (as viewed from the front of the engine, normal rotation) until the camshaft sprocket timing dowel pin holes align with the holes in the timing chain housing.
  4. Set the crankshaft sprocket keyway pointing upwards. Align with the centerline of the cylinder bores. This is the timed position.
  5. Remove the timing chain guides.
  6. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  7. Ensure that all of the slack in the timing chain is above the tensioner assembly.
  8. Remove the timing chain tensioner bolts and the tensioner.
  9. Remove the tensioner shoe. Use a small locking ring plier in order to engage the hole in the locking tab and remove the shoe from the stud.
  10. Notice: Do not attempt to pry the sprocket off the camshaft or damage to the sprocket or chain housing could occur.
    Important: Mark the timing chain and the crankshaft sprocket prior to removal. If the chain or the crankshaft sprocket is installed with the wear pattern in the opposite direction, noise and increased wear may occur.
  11. Mark the crankshaft sprocket and the timing chain outer surface.
  12. Remove the timing chain.
  13. Lower the vehicle.
  14. Holding the intake camshaft sprocket with J 39579, remove the sprocket bolt and washer.
  15. Remove the washer from the bolt and rethread the bolt back into the camshaft.
  16. Using a 3-jaw puller and the relief holes in the sprocket, remove the intake camshaft sprocket.
  17. Repeat this procedure for the exhaust camshaft sprocket.
  18. Clean the old sealant from the bolt with a wire brush.
  19. Clean the threaded hole in the camshaft with a round nylon bristle brush.
  20. Inspect the parts for wear. Replace the parts as necessary.Some scoring of the timing chain shoe and the guides is normal.
  21. Replace the timing chain shoe or guides if the scoring exceeds 1.12?mm (45?in).
Installation Procedure

  1. Use Adhesive/Sealant Compound GM?P/N?12345493 or equivalent on the camshaft sprocket bolt. Install the intake and exhaust camshaft sprockets onto the camshafts with the marked surface showing.Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Cautions and Notices.
  2. Install the retaining bolts and washers to the intake and exhaust camshaft sprockets.
  3. Tighten
    Tighten the bolts to 70?Y (52?lb?ft) while holding the sprockets with the J 39579.
  4. Install the J 36800 through the holes in the camshaft sprockets into the holes in the timing chain housing. This will position the camshaft for correct timing.
  5. If the camshafts are out of position (you must rotate the camshaft more than 1/8?turn in order to install the alignment dowel pins), use the following procedure:
    1. Rotate the crankshaft 90?degrees clockwise off of the TDC in order to give the valves adequate clearance to open.
    2. Once the camshafts are in position and the dowels installed, rotate the crankshaft counter clockwise back to the top dead center.

  6. Notice: Do not rotate the crankshaft clockwise to TDC. Valve or piston damage could occur.
    Important: The side of the timing chain that was marked during removal must be showing when the chain is installed.
  7. Install the timing chain over the exhaust camshaft sprocket, around the coolant pump, and around the crankshaft sprocket.
    1. Remove the alignment dowel pin from the intake camshaft.
    2. Using the J 39579, rotate the intake camshaft sprocket counterclockwise enough in order to slide the timing chain over the intake camshaft sprocket.
    3. Release the J 39579. The length of the chain between the 2?camshaft sprockets will tighten.
    4. If properly timed the intake camshaft alignment dowel pin should slide in easily. If the dowel pin does not fully index, the camshafts are not timed correctly and the procedure must be repeated.
  8. Leave the alignment dowel pins installed.
  9. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  10. The timing marks on the crankshaft and on the cylinder block should be aligned when the slack is removed from the chain linking the intake camshaft sprocket and the crankshaft sprocket. If the marks are not aligned, move the chain one tooth forward or rearward, remove the slack and re-examine the marks.

  11. Important: Use the following steps in order to reset the timing chain tensioner assembly to the zero position.
  12. Reset the timing chain tensioner assembly.
    1. Insert the tensioner plunger assembly into the tensioner housing.
    2. With the tensioner plunger fully extended, turn the complete assembly upside down on a bench or other flat surface.
    3. With the plunger face against the workbench, press firmly on the bottom of the tensioner housing.
    4. Compress the plunger until the plunger is seated flush in the tensioner.

  13. Check the plunger to make sure the plunger is out of the cylinder at the correct dimension. The correct dimension for the plunger to extend out of the cylinder is 1.7?mm (0.07?in) maximum.

  14. Loosely install the tensioner assembly and bolts to the timing chain housing.
  15. Install the timing chain tensioner shoe on the stud.
  16. Apply hand pressure to the timing chain tensioner shoe until the locking tab seats in the groove in the stud.
  17. Tighten the timing chain tensioner bolts. Do Not overtighten.
    Tighten the bolts to 10?Y (89?lb?in).

  18. Important: If the timing chain tensioner is not released from the installation position, engine damage will occur when the engine is started.
  19. Release the timing chain tensioner plunger.
    1. Using a flat blade screwdriver, cotter pin remover, or similar tool, press firmly against the face of the timing chain tensioner plunger.
    2. Important: If the timing chain tensioner cannot be depressed, the plunger is not properly reset and the procedure for resetting the timing chain tensioner should be repeated.
    3. Depress the timing chain tensioner plunger until the plunger is bottomed out in the bore of the timing chain tensioner.
    4. Release the tensioner plunger. the plunger should press firmly against the back of the timing chain tensioner shoe.
  20. Remove J 36800 from the camshaft sprockets.
  21. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise 2?full rotations. Align the crankshaft keyway with the mark on the cylinder block, and reinstall the alignment dowel pins. The pins should slide in easily if the engine is timed correctly.

  22. Install the timing chain guides.
  23. Install the engine front cover. Refer to Engine Front Cover Replacement.
  24. Connect the negative battery cable.
    Tighten the bolt to 16?Y (12?lb?ft).

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03 Suzuki aerio need a step by step how to: replace the timing chain! Please help

WOW you work on engines not knowing what is there?
the engines are: 7 engines.!!!
1.3 L I4; 1.5 L I4; 1.6 L I4; 1.8 L I4; 2.0 L I4; 2.3 L I4; 1.4 L Diesel I4 ill guess, ( (die roll)
2.3 L below.

all answers, USA cars, this a USA forum. so.....
ever heard of the FSM the oem factory service manual?

is the chain making noises? if yes, the guide is bad, most chains fail due to that (as a true cause)
the FSM is here , just $4 to look , so ????

the clone is DIY, log in and read like we do.
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now the 2.3L (just the first half, ill let you pay $4 like we do)
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Remove engine assembly from vehicle.
  3. Remove oil pan.
  4. Remove cylinder head cover.
  5. Remove timing chain cover as follows:
    • Remove crankshaft pulley bolt. To lock crankshaft pulley, use special tool 09917-68221 (camshaft pulley holder).
    • Remove crankshaft pulley. To remove crankshaft pulley, use special tools 09944-36011 and 09926-58010 (steering wheel remover and bearing puller attachment).
    • Remove A/C compressor bracket.
    • Remove alternator belt idler pulley, water pump pulley and alternator belt tensioner.
    • Remove timing chain cover bolts and nut.
    • For reinstallation of timing chain, turn crankshaft so that timing marks on cylinder head and lower crankcase match with those on sprockets as shown in figure.
    • Remove second timing chain as follows:
      • Turn crankshaft to meet following conditions.
        • Key (I) on crankshaft is positioned as shown.
        • Arrow mark on idler sprocket (II) points upward.
        • Marks on sprockets (III) match with marks on cylinder head. Note that this step must be followed for reinstallation of timing chain.
      • Remove timing chain tensioner adjuster No.2 and gasket. To remove them, slacken second timing chain by turning intake camshaft counterclockwise a little while pushing back pad.
      • Remove intake and exhaust camshaft timing sprocket bolts. To remove them, fit a spanner to hexagonal part at the center of camshaft to hold it stationary.
      • Remove camshaft timing sprockets and second timing chain.
      • warning
      • After second timing chain is removed, never turn intake camshaft, exhaust camshaft and crankshaft independently more than such an extent as shown. If turned, interference may occur between piston and valves and valves themselves, and parts related to piston and valves may be damaged.
      • Remove timing chain guide No.1.
      • Remove timing chain tensioner adjuster No.1.
      • Remove timing chain tensioner.
      • Remove idler sprocket and first timing chain.
      • Remove crankshaft timing sprocket.
      • end.
    im not doing INSTALL, sorry.

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Noise in the timing chain

May be its problem with timing chain and it has to be inspected and replaced.Or its possible that timing chain is got misaligned.

There are few help,links provided related to timing chain assembly and dis-assembly. Go through it and confirm proper inspecting of timing chain.

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What is the cost to replace timing chain for 2003 nissan sentra gxe? When i should change it. It completed 95000 miles. What other things i should replace or inspect when go for service?

Probably pretty expensive considering all the parts that have to be removed to do the job. You really should not need to replace the timing chain unless you have a problem with it. I am assuming this car has a ka24 engine and to replace the timing chain the valve cover timing covers and oil pan need to be removed. If you have never replaced your spark plugs its probably time to do so. check the belts and filters and you should be good.

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What is the right way to time a 4cyl Chevy S-10 timing chain

1998-2003 To Remove:
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Crankshaft pulley and hub
    • Drive belt tensioner gm_truck_s10_tcbolts.gif

    • Timing chain cover bolts gm_truck_s10_tc.gif

    • Timing chain cover and gasket
  2. Install a bolt in the end of the crankshaft CAUTION
    Do not install the crankshaft balancer bolt or a bolt longer than 1 inch or damage to the crankshaft threaded hole will result.
  3. Rotate crankshaft until the number 1 piston is at Top Dead Center of compression stroke.
  4. Make sure that the alignment marks are aligned with the tabs on the timing chain tensioner. gm-03-22-611.gif

  5. Measure distance between hole in bracket and unworn surface of timing chain tensioner shoe. NOTE: If distance between the hole and unworn surface of timing chain tensioner is greater than 0.314 in (8 mm), replace tensioner, timing chain and sprockets.
  6. Remove timing chain tensioner bolts.
  7. Remove the timing chain, timing chain tensioner and camshaft sprocket at the same time.
  8. Remove the crankshaft sprocket using special tool J 22888-20A or equivalent.
  9. Remove crankshaft sprocket alignment key.

NOTE: If any camshaft components are being replaced to correct a noise problem, all camshaft drive components must be replaced.
To Install:
  1. Install the crankshaft sprocket alignment key.
  2. Install the crankshaft sprocket using special tool J 5590 or equivalent. gm-03-22-613.gif

  3. Compress the timing chain tensioner spring and insert a pin into the tensioner hole to retain the tensioner shoe.
  4. Install timing chain and timing chain tensioner (do not tighten tension bolts).
  5. Align the crankshaft and camshaft timing marks with the tab on the timing chain tensioner.
  6. Tighten the timing chain tensioner bolts.
    • Torque to: 18 ft lbs (24 Nm)
  7. Tighten the camshaft sprocket bolt.
    • Torque to: 96 ft lbs (130 Nm)
  8. Remove pin from timing chain tensioner hole.
  9. Remove bolt from end of crankshaft. CAUTION
    Inspect the timing chain cover for warping or damage. Replace if needed.
  10. Clean all timing chain cover mating surfaces.
  11. Install or connect the following:
    • Timing chain cover to the engine block
      1. Ensure that the gasket is installed properly in the groove in the timing chain cover
    • Timing chain cover and make sure it fully seated on the alignment dowel pins
    • Timing chain cover bolts
      1. Torque to: 97 inch lbs (11 Nm)
    • Drive belt tensioner
    • Crankshaft damper hub and the crankshaft pulley

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I have a Ford Explorer 1999. I have been told timing chain gards need replacing which are plastic. The motor need to come out to do front and back at $7,000 AUS.

Yes Ford Explorers are like that, The timing chain tensioners are plastic and need replaced with the chains. The engine has to be removed, please replace all chains and related parts at this time. This will save you money and downtime later. There are multiple chains on these Fords.

Mar 14, 2010 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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How to replace a timing chain 2000 chevy cavalier

I am familiar with that vehicle but generally with timing chain replacement, the engine needs full access for pulley and cover removal and in some cases the cylinder head requires removal.
Generally timing chains last so that they only need replacement at engine overhaul and it is not an economic proposition to have to replace a chain unless some relative degree of engine work is also required at that time. 

Engine timing chains generally have a tensioner on them which maintains tension, but some chains can wear significantly and cause timing cover to be "ground away" because of "slop".

If the engine is making the noisy rattle of the timing chain against the cover etc, I would schedule a top overhaul (head, machine, test and valve grind) with the chain replacement dependent on mileage with the degree of action.

Some simple simplex timing chains (type of chain similar to motor bike chain) may be replaced without dismantling the engines but I would expect your chain would be a "duplex" dual sprocket type, these are most common. 
These chains are not generally expensive but replacing them can involve a fair amount of work. 

Good Luck and hope this helps, Others will have different ideas.

May 04, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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