1997 Dodge Stratus headgasket how to

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE STRATUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 109,000 MILES
Just wondering if the timing belt needs to be pulled in order to remove the heads on this car. If so, can I have a timing diagram so I can see clearly where the timing marks are? Also. Any other information on doing this job will be helpful. Send what u know! Thanks, I appreciate it!
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 AT 2:13 PM

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Tiny
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***I strongly urge that you get either a Chilton or Haynes manual handy to help you through the process. These manuals have more pictures and tips for DIY than the online manual meant for seasoned technicians.***
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Friday, February 20th, 2009 AT 12:35 AM
Tiny
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Whats the deal with the balancer. Do I need a special puller, or will any harmonic balance puller work? Also, do u know what size fuel disconnect tools I need? Thanks
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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 1:02 PM
Tiny
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Also, do I have to replace these bolts. Were they torque to yield bolts?
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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 1:04 PM
Tiny
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Nope. Just jam the biggest screw driver you can find into the one of the pulley slot, and remove the crank nut. Then just pull the pulley out.

I don't remember the fuel size. I do believe it is 5/16".
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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 7:59 PM
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As they are torqued, you should replace them bolts.
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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 8:27 PM

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