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the timing marks for the timing belt on a2000 neon 2.0 sohc

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  Rich replied 9 years ago.

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2.0L (VIN C) Engine

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cable
    • Drive belts and accessories
    • Right inner splash-shield
    • Crankshaft damper
    • Right engine mount
  3. Place a support under the engine. NOTE When tensioner is removed from the engine it is necessary to compress the plunger into the tensioner body.
    • Engine mount bracket
    • Timing belt cover
    • Timing belt tensioner bolts
    • Timing belt and the tensioner
  4. Place the tensioner in a soft-jawed vise to compress the tensioner.
  5. After compressing the tensioner place a pin (a 5/64 inch Allen wrench will work) into the plunger side hole to retain the plunger until installation. Click image to see an enlarged viewTDC alignment for timing belt installation-2.0L (VIN C) engine

To install:

  1. Set the crankshaft sprocket to Top Dead Center (TDC) by aligning the notch on the sprocket with the arrow on the oil pump housing, then back off the sprocket three notches before TDC.
  2. Set the camshaft to align the timing marks.
  3. Move the crankshaft to 1/2 notch before TDC.
  4. Install the timing belt starting at the crankshaft, around the water pump, then around the camshaft last.
  5. Move the crankshaft to TDC to take up the belt slack.
  6. Reinstall the tensioner to the block but do not tighten it.
  7. Using a torque wrench apply 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm) of torque to the tensioner pulley.
  8. With torque being applied to the tensioner pulley, move the tensioner up against the tensioner bracket and tighten the fasteners to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
  9. Remove the tensioner plunger pin, the tension is correct when the plunger pin can be removed and replaced easily.
  10. Rotate the crankshaft two revolutions and recheck the timing marks.
  11. Install or connect the following:
    • Timing belt cover
    • Engine mount bracket
    • Right engine mount
  12. Remove the engine support.
    • Crankshaft damper and tighten to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm)
    • Drive belts and accessories
    • Right inner splash-shield
  13. Perform the crankshaft and camshaft relearn alignment procedure using the DRB® scan tool or equivalent.