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1992 Plymouth Neon Timing Belt Installation Manual


Neon was first introduced in North America in the early 90’s. It is a front-wheel drive compact car that was manufactured by Chrysler Corporation’s Plymouth and Dodge Brands. It was powered by an inline 4 cylinder 2.0L engine that had an output of 132 horsepower and 130 foot-pounds of torque. It is a small and reliable engine, but it still need periodic service if parts like the timing belt fail.

Tools Used: Tools, Safety glasses, Automotive wrenches and screwdrivers, Socket set

Timing Belt Installation

Disconnect the negative cable of your battery before performing any maintenance work on your engine, to prevent electrical shock or accidental starting. Remove the nut from the negative post with a box-end wrench. Lift the cable from your battery, move it outside of the battery box and close the lid of the battery box. Align the sprocket with the arrow on the oil pump housing and then set the crankshaft sprocket to the top dead center (TDC) position. Using a suitable wrench, move crankshaft to 1/2 notch before top dead center. Place the camshaft timing marks by aligning the notches on sprockets.

Install timing belt, starting at crankshaft, around water pump sprocket, idler pulley, camshaft pulleys and tensioner pulley. Move the crankshaft sprocket to TDC to take up belt slack. Install belt tensioner to engine block but do not tighten fasteners. Using a suitable torque wrench on the tensioner pulley, torque the pulley to 28 foot-pounds. With torque being applied to the tensioner pulley, move the tensioner up against the tensioner pulley bracket and torque fasteners to 23 foot-pounds. Pull the tensioner plunger pin. Pretension is proper when pin can be easily removed or installed. Rotate crankshaft two revolutions and inspect the alignment of the timing marks. If the alignment is improper, repeat the operation.