I have a '95 Chrysler New Yorker 140,000 miles. Recently changed the water pump and did not get the tension adjusted correctly. There was a lot of slack on the timing belt. When the engine tried to start I noticed that the crankshaft turned but the cams did not, this was due to the loose timing belt. Does anyone know what the position of the crankshaft and the cams have to be set to before adjusting the tension on the timing belt. I noticed there is a dot indicator on the cam gears and holes on the harmonic balancer.
Please note the * by the 3.5l engine. That means it is an intereference engine. If the engine has rotated once out of time you have bent or broken valves or the camshaft and or cylinder heads. The heads have to come off with out question. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news as it is an expensive repair over $1500. Good luck
May, 31, 2006 AT 4:06 PM
I understand the possible damaged induced, however, do you have the set up for the cams in relation to the crankshaft when installing the timing belt?
May, 31, 2006 AT 5:01 PM
It is a complicated procedure and requires all componenst to be set just right. I suggest you buy a Haynes book as it has some good illustrations of how things are supposed to be.