The Main Bearing Cap TorqueTo install:
- When reassembling, clean the bearing caps and journals in the block thoroughly. Coat the bearings with a liberal application of clean motor oil.
Fig. Fig. 3: Always torque the bearing caps to specification
Fig. Fig. 4: Main bearing cap bolt tightening sequence on 3E and 3E-E engines
- Fit the upper bearings halves into the block and position the lower bearing halves in the bearing caps.
- Place the crankshaft into the engine block, making sure it fits exactly into its mounts.
- Install the upper thrust washers on the center main bearing with the oil grooves facing outward.
- Install the main bearing caps and the lower thrust washers in the proper sequence. Make sure the arrows on the caps point towards the front (pulley end) of the motor.
- Tighten the cap bolts to specification in three passes. On 3E and 3E-E engines, use the correct sequence.
- Double check the end-play of the crankshaft by repeating the procedure described earlier.
- Turn the crankshaft through one or two full clockwise rotations, making sure that it turns smoothly and evenly with no binding.
- Attach the piston rods, following procedures given earlier in this section. Remember that the rod caps must be reinstalled in their original positions.
- Install a new rear main oil seal into the retainer and install the retainer onto the block. Tighten the bolts to specification.
- Install the rear end plate on the engine.
- Install either the driveplate (automatic) or the flywheel (manual), observing the matchmarks made during removal.
- If equipped with a manual transaxle, reinstall the clutch disc and pressure plate.
- Install the oil pump.
- Install the oil strainer and oil pan, using new gaskets.
- Rotate the engine into its upright position and continue reassembly of the timing belt, idler pulley and covers.
- Reinstall the engine in the car, following procedures outlined earlier in this section.
42 Foot pounds (Final torque)