Home Tips & Tricks 1998 Dodge Stratus TIMING BELT Removal (Avenger & Sebring Coupe)

1998 Dodge Stratus TIMING BELT Removal (Avenger & Sebring Coupe)

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Download 1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove coolant reservoir bottle. On models with cruise control, remove cruise control actuator and set aside. 2. On all models, raise and support vehicle. Remove right front wheel. Remove side panel from right wheelwell. 3. Remove accessory drive belts. Remove generator and bracket from engine block, and set aside. Remove crankshaft vibration damper. 4. Lower vehicle. Place floor jack under vehicle to support weight of engine and transaxle assembly. Remove engine mount-to-frame through-bolt. Remove engine mount-to-engine bracket nuts and bolt. Remove engine mount. 5. Remove 3 bolts attaching engine support bracket to engine block. Top reamer bolt may be heat seized on engine support bracket. Spray lubricant on bolt while removing. NOTE: 6. Remove power steering pump (hoses attached) and bracket from engine block, and set aside. Remove timing belt covers. 7. Rotate crankshaft to align camshaft and crankshaft timing marks. See Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 . 8. If reusing old timing belt, mark timing belt direction of rotation for installation reference. Loosen timing belt tensioner pulley bolt. Remove timing belt. Remove automatic tensioner. CAUTION: DO NOT rotate crankshaft or camshaft with timing belt removed. Reamer bolt head will have a “R” marking for identification. NOTE: