We dont' know anyone's mechanical capapbility the engine wil have to be jacked up a little and supported as the front motor mount hs to come off. This car has a chain and you shold either rent a book or get one because it is is pretty complicated. I am sending tips that a pro has posted to help with this though. There are picture with this however I can't send all of them. There is a lot left out of this procedure, and some things need clarification or more emphasis.
Some pointers and better pictures.
First, read through all the procedures and note the recommendation for new cam bolts, and crank bolt.
Second, Timing mark information isnt clear, there is no mention of the TDC mark, its there on the damper and timing cover, about 10 O-Clock position. (See pics). The cam marks have no reference other than the colored links on the chain. You could turn the engine over a hundred revolutions and still be trying to find the colored links, if you can still see them at all. The description is that they should be at 10 and 2 O-Clock. Well thats just dandy but.
I found that when correct they were at three full chain links above the head surface each way. (Again, see pics).
Another thing, there is a step recommending disassembly while at about 60 degrees BTDC, with the intake cam mark at about 12 O-Clock. This should be clarified that it is because the valves will hit the pistons at TDC. Be carefull. Also beware that upon disassembly, both cams are likely to jump around with some velocity. This also makes set-up fun. Reassembly instructions show setting it up at TDC, That is risky and doesnt work too well either. I set it up in about the 60 deg BTDC postion, and if I had it to do over I would attempt to immobilize the cams in that position by whatever means I could
Also unclear is the color coding of the chain links and referencing them for set-up. The odd colored link of each chain goes on the timing mark for the intake balance shaft or camshaft respectively.
The pictures should help clarify some things as well. Fair warning, cam chain set up takes patience.
Clearance is a bit tight. I got the serp belt tensioner out by removing the motor mount and dropping the end of the motor down, lowering the right side of the subframe down and prying the engine a little further down for access. Then removal of the motor mount bracket was done by jacking the engine way up on the end for access. Upon reassembly dont forget to put the new timing cover gasket in place before the motor mount bracket.
Replace any worn rubbing blocks and tensioners as well. This is only a partial as a lot was left out. And make sure to replace the bolts that were mentioned good luck
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 AT 6:42 AM