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Below is diagram and full directions:
Fig. Fig. 1: Timing belt cover on the 2.3L and 2.5L engine
Fig. Fig. 2: Timing belt assembly on the 2.3L and 2.5L engine
Fig. Fig. 3: Releasing the timing belt tensioner using a special tool
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 quite 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.
The spring cannot be used to set belt tension; a wrench must be used on the tensioner assembly.