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Front and rear wheel removal and belt alignment

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To remove the wheels, you remove the axles. Make sure you mark or make a drawing of where the spacers go.

On the front wheel, it is advisable to remove brake calipers by removing the two bolts that hold each one on the lower fork slider. This makes it easier to get the wheel back on but it's not absolutely necessary.

On the rear wheel, you may have to remove part of the exhaust system to get the axle out. Once you have the axle out, you cal lower the wheel move it slightly forward. Take the belt guards off and you can work the belt from around the pulley. Do not bend the belt into a radius of less than 4" or you'll damage the inner strands of the belt and cause premature breakage.

To adjust the belt tension, you need to have the belt adjusted so there there is 1/2" of up and down play when you apply 10 pounds of pressure to the bottom of the belt. Harley sells and inexpensive gauge for doing this job. The rear wheel must be in alignment with the swingarm. I'm not sure if the road king has the dimple in the side of the swingarm or not like the Wide Glide does. Harley is so bad about changing this type of thing that it's almost impossible to keep up with. Just make sure the adjuster bolts on the end of the swingarm are the same length when you get the belt tension correct. Tighten the axle nuts when finished.

Front axle torque - 50-60 ft. lbs.
Rear axle torque - 60-70 ft. lbs.

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Posted on Oct 03, 2010


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Loosen the automatic tensioner bolt. Use an Allen wrench to rotate tensioner and relieve tension on timing belt. Remove timing belt.
Fig. 4: Aligning Crankshaft Sprocket Timing Mark
Fig. 5: Aligning Camshaft Sprocket Timing Marks
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Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Disconnect the Manifold Air Temperature (MAT) sensor connector.
  4. Disconnect the air cleaner outlet hose from the throttle body.
  5. Disconnect the breather tube from the camshaft cover.
  6. Remove the air cleaner housing bolts.
  7. Remove the air cleaner housing.
  8. Remove the right front wheel.
  9. Remove the right front wheel well splash shield.
  10. Remove the serpentine drive belt.
  11. Remove the crankshaft pulley bolts and the crankshaft pulley.
  12. Remove the right engine mount bracket.
  13. Remove the front timing belt cover bolts.
  14. Remove the front timing belt cover.
  15. Using the crankshaft gear bolt, rotate the crankshaft clockwise until the timing mark on the crankshaft gear is aligned with the notch at the bottom of the rear timing belt cover.


Fig. Aligning the timing mark on the crankshaft gear with the notch at the bottom of the rear timing belt cover.


  1. Fig. Aligning the camshaft gears with the notches on the camshaft cover.
  2. Align the camshaft gears with the notch on the camshaft cover.
  3. Remove the timing belt.
  4. Loosen the automatic tensioner bolt. Turn the hex-key tab to relieve belt tension.

To install:
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  2. Align the timing marks on the camshaft gears, using the intake gear mark for the intake gear and the exhaust gear mark for the exhaust gear.
  3. Install the timing belt.
  4. Turn the hex-key tab in a clockwise direction to tension the belt. Turn until the pointer aligns with the notch.
  5. Install the automatic tensioner bolt and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  6. Rotate the crankshaft two full turns clockwise using the crankshaft pulley bolt.
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  13. Install the right front wheel well splash shield.
  14. Install the right front wheel.
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  2. Detach the coolant expansion tank.
  3. Remove the bolt and position the expansion tank to one side. Detach the power steering reservoir and position to one side.
  4. Remove the right-hand front wheel and tire.
  5. Remove the crankshaft pulley/vibration damper.
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  1. Check the alignment of the timing mark on the crankshaft timing belt pulley.
  2. Check the alignment of the timing mark on the camshaft timing belt pulley.
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  10. Push on the spark plug connector until it engages.
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Needing schematics for timing belt on a 2000 se

Removal & Installation

2.0L Engine
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable Spark plugs Catalytic converter Right front wheel Right inner splash shield Accessory drive belt and idler pulley
  2. Rotate the crankshaft to Top Dead Center (TDC) and install Crankshaft TDC Timing Peg T97P-6000-A.
  3. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise against the peg.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Water pump pulley Valve cover Crankshaft pulley Timing belt covers
  5. Install Camshaft Alignment Timing Tool T94P-6256-CH into theslots of both camshafts at the rear of the cylinder head to lock thecamshafts into position.
  6. Loosen the timing belt tensioner bolt and relieve the tension onthe timing belt by disconnecting the tensioner tab from the timingcover back plate.
  7. Remove the timing belt.

    0900c152801e2a75.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Crankshaft alignment position-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

    0900c152801e2a76.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Placement of Camshaft Alignment Timing Tool T94P-6256-CH-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

    0900c152801e2a77.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Timing belt tensioner index marks-Ford 2.0L (VIN 3) engines

To install:

NOTE Always replace the timing belt after loosening or removing it.
  1. Install the timing belt.
  2. Engage the timing belt tensioner tab into the timing cover back plate.
  3. Adjust the timing belt tensioner until the index marks are aligned. Tighten the tensioner bolt to 17-20 ft. lbs. (22-28 Nm).
  4. Remove the camshaft alignment tool and the crankshaft TDC peg.
  5. Install or connect the following:

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  6. Start the engine and check for proper operation.

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