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2002 chevrolet cavalier: timing chain..a 2200 4 cylinder

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can you change a timing chain tentioner on a 2002 chevrolet cavalier with a 2200 4 cylinder without removing timing chain?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 6 years ago.



  • Remove the drive belt.
  • Remove the drive belt tensioner.
  • Remove the generator.
  • Remove the power steering pump. Position the pump aside. Keep the lines attached.
  • Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
  • Remove the oil pan.
  • Remove the crankshaft pulley and hub.
  • Remove the engine front cover bolts.
  • Remove the engine front cover. If necessary, carefully use a rubber mallet to loosen the cover.
  • Clean the sealing surface on the engine block.
  • Clean the sealing surface on the engine front cover.




    1. Align the crankshaft sprocket and camshaft sprocket timing marks with the alignment tabs on the timing chain tensioner.

    Important: Before removing the timing chain, measure the distance between the hole in the bracket and the unworn surface of the timing chain tensioner shoe. If the distance between the hole and the unworn surface of the timing chain tensioner shoe is more that 8mm (0.314) , replace the tensioner, timing chain, and both sprockets. If the wear does not exceed this specification, you can replace the tensioner without replacing the chain.




    Remove the timing chain tensioner bolts.



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