I just read through the manual, and it doesn't indicate doing that for removal, but it does for install. However, the pullies need to be in specified positions for removal. So, for installation, align the colored link on the timing chain with the timing mark on the VCT assembly.
I attached the directions for timing chain replacement. It explains the procedures related to removal and replacement. Take a look through it and see if you have questions.
Let me know if that helps or if you have other questions.
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Friday, November 12th, 2021 AT 4:56 PM