1988 Plymouth Reliant

1988 Plymouth Reliant 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 40,000 miles

what is the proceedure in changing the timing belt on my plymouth reliant 2.5 engine? Do you have any pictures of the proceedure? Please advise? Thank you
July 28, 2010.

Service and Repair

Disconnect the battery ground cable, then raise and support the vehicle with jackstands.
Remove the right-hand inner splash shield.
Loosen the crankshaft pulley and water pump pulley retaining bolts.
Remove the accessory drive belts, then the crankshaft and water pump pulleys.

Fig. 13 Timing belt cover removal.

Remove the nuts securing the timing belt cover to the cylinder head and the cylinder block, then the timing belt cover halves.
Support the engine with a suitable jack, then remove the right-hand engine mount bolt and raise the engine slightly.

Cam Belt Routing

Loosen the timing belt tensioner, then remove the timing belt.


Fig. 1 Crankshaft And Intermediate Sprocket Timing Marks

Rotate the crankshaft and the intermediate shaft until the markings on the sprockets are aligned as shown.

Fig. 2 Camshaft Sprocket

Rotate the camshaft until the arrows on the hub are aligned with the No.1 camshaft cap to cylinder head line. The small hole must be located along the vertical center line.
Be certain that all timing marks are still aligned.

Cam Belt Routing

Install the timing belt. Recheck all alignment marks.

Fig. 21 Adjusting drive belt tension

Set the belt tension, so that the Chrysler belt tension tool's (#C- 4703) axis is within 15 of horizontal.
Rotate the crankshaft two revolutions in the clockwise direction, then position at TDC. Tighten the tensioner locknut.
Reverse steps #1 through #6 to complete installation.

Jul 28, 2010.