Mechanics

RAIDER TIMING CHAIN REINSTALLATION

1988 Dodge Other

I have a 1988 Dodge Raider with a 2.6L that I pulled the head and had it checked out and reworked. I made sure the timing chain did not come off the top sprocket I removed to get the head off. On reinstalling the head, I now can not get the timing chain top sprocket to reach the end of the cam. It is about 1/2 inch too tight. The service manual has no information on this step, it simply says to reinstall the sprocket. I can see from other images there is a timing chain tensioner spring device. What is the trick to " stretch" the chain and get it reinstalled on the end of the cam? The car particulars are a 1988 Dodge Raider (2 door Mitsubishi Montero) with a 2.6L 4 cyc and 175,000 miles.
Thanks very much for the help!
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MorganReed
April 11, 2007.



Grab your flashlight and look down the front of the engine along the chain. You will see the tensioner " shoe" popped out of the tensioner. Use a long thin screwdriver and alot of patience and push the shoe back in the tensioner while gently pulling up on the chain/top gear. When the needed length is gotten, pop the top gear back on. Be sure to verify timing marks so as not to damage the engine

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Jack42
Apr 12, 2007.
Thanks for the advice. I have tried and tried and have not yet been successful. I have not taken the top sproket off the chain yet. If I mark the sprocket and chain, will removing the top sproket give me more room to get the tensioner back in its hole? Is this a good idea and will it help?
Thanks again,
Morgan

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MorganReed
Apr 17, 2007.