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NOTE: Always turn the engine in the normal direction of rotation. Backward rotation may cause the timing belt to jump time, due to the arrangement of the belt tensioner.
CAUTION When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.
NOTE: The spring cannot be used to set belt tension; a wrench must be used on the tensioner assembly.
WARNING If any binding is felt when adjusting the timing belt tension by turning the crankshaft,
STOP turning the engine, because the pistons may be hitting the valves.