|Step 1 - Getting down to the timing chains first requires removal of
everything in the way of the timing chain cover. This includes but is not
limited to radiators, air conditioning compressors, and alternators. Set the
engine to top dead center and use an impact wrench to remove the crankshaft
pulley bolt and pulley remover to remove the pulley itself.
|Step 2 - Remove all the bolts holding on the timing cover. Removal of
the oil pan may be required. If the cover remains stubborn use a rubber mallet
to tap loose the gasket's grip on the engine block. Tip: Timing cover bolts
are of specific lengths. Keep them in their respective holes for easy
|Step 3 - Here the engine is at top dead center. Note bright links on
the timing chain. The bright links line up with corresponding marks on the
crankshaft and camshaft gears when the engine is at top dead center. Keep the
engine at top dead center while removing and installing timing chains.
|Step 4 - Remove the camshaft bolt making sure not to move the camshaft
or engine from top dead center. Impact wrenches work very well for removing
bolts. Remove the timing chain set as a unit. Be careful not to lose the
|Step 5 - This timing chain uses a tensioner and guide. Tensioners often
operate via oil pressure and may require pre-oiling. Use a bit of bailing wire
to hold the tensioner in place while installing the chain. Note the guide pin
position on the camshaft and crankshaft key position at 12 o'clock.
|Step 6 - Align the gear timing marks and bright links on the new timing
set before installation. Install the new timing set and button everything back
up. Use a new crankshaft seal and new gaskets. Install all bolts to correct
torque values. Model specific information and torque values are in the vehicle