1996 Dodge Avenger timing belt

Tiny
SUNFLOWERJ78
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  • 1996 DODGE AVENGER
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • MANUAL
  • 13,000 MILES
My car (1996 Dodge Avenger 2.0L) jumped time on me one day (of course so it's now my fault lol) we have the new timing belt and have a book but we have it put away in storage (of course. Again) an we desperately needing a diagram to show where the timing marks should be when he puts the belt on. He tells me that there are 3 important parts that need to be in that one special position sooo. It is late and my husband is just trying to get us mobile again so any help is greatly appreciated
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 AT 11:28 PM

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Tiny
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Most likely you have bigger problems. The 2.0L is an interference engine so there's going to be bent valves. I don't know if any special tools are needed to replace them, but most people take the cylinder head to an engine machine shop, and they will have a diagram for you.

Once it's running again, record the mileage so you know when to replace the belt again. Some cars need it changed a lot sooner than recommended. Hondas, for example, recommend every 75,000 miles, and their belts typically break at 65,000 miles. Chrysler's belts last longer than the recommended intervals, but it's best to not risk going a lot over the recommended mileage, especially when you have an interference engine.
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 AT 11:43 PM
Tiny
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Yes.I am sorry to say that we know a valve could possibly be bent however, he is still going to at least try to get this new one on there because it cranked even with the wrong timing and there didn't seem to be any crazy noises. Just wasn't timed right. Thank you so much for your help. The top two notches should be pointed right at each other and the one on bottom should face upwards? That is about all the info online that even seems correct
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 AT 11:55 PM
Tiny
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Here are some pics of the timing marks, try to set the right mark 1/2 tooth lower than the left mark.I had it both perfectly aligned and the car started fine but was idling rough. And dont worry about bent valves I was running my 96 avenger for about 9 months with a wrong timing I just fixed it yesterday and now is running like new. Remember if after you start the car the car is idling rough check the timing again even if its a litle missfire, believe me it will get worse.
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Monday, July 21st, 2014 AT 8:57 AM
Tiny
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Don't worry about bent valves? Really? You were lucky to have your timing off by one tooth. That's not enough to cause bent valves. To bend them takes at least three teeth. With a broken timing belt, you better worry about the valves.
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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 AT 12:15 AM

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