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Questions regarding doing timing belt 3.0 v6 plymouth voyager 96
11-10-2011, 03:36 PM
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Questions regarding doing timing belt 3.0 v6 plymouth voyager 96
I have the timing cover off and have two issues having trouble finding the answers to, I am trying to put the engine in TDC using the screw driver trick but can't remove the #1 spark plug, removed the alternator but can't get a socket an extension or ratchet on back one due to clearance issue. I am not sure how to go about getting that spark plug out I haven't tried a flex extension yet.

My other question is what tool do I need to hold the cams in place while pulling the belt off or if that isn't an option where can I buy a tool to turn the cams if it moves when I put tension on the belt as read one of the cams will jump often.

I am replacing the timing belt and waterpump, water pump is leaking, perhaps oring behind the pump not sure yet.

Thank you for your help without air tools this job is a slight pain just wanna say.
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11-10-2011, 10:24 PM
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RE: Questions regarding doing timing belt 3.0 v6 plymouth voyager 96
Been there, done that!

The easiest way to find TDC is to do it with the pulley in place. (it's got a mark) Once the pulley is off there's another mark in the lower belt gog that lines up with a notch in the front engine cover so you can keep it aligned properly during the job. The way I held everything from moving was to turn the cam with a wrench and have someone hold it briefly. Lay the new belt in place and grip both together using a lightly applied vise grips that I slipped a piece of heater hose over so I didn't gouge things. You could also wrap the jaws with tape just to pad it a bit.

At the risk of abusing the competition (other web sites) here's a diagram of what you are using for alignment marks.

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/plymou...er-pump--2

BTW, when that water pump leaks it runs out on the trany end of the engine. The new pump should include the o-ring for the pipe that runs under the manifold.

Oh, one more thing.... try removing the front tire and dropping the plastic splash shield. You can look right at the lower pulley and it's marks from there.

Let us know how you make out. I'm figuring it will take you about 6 - 8 hours with a beer break along the way. You might want to do it in two evenings just to keep your sanity.
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