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Chrysler PT Cruiser: After replacing the water pump, the idler,

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After replacing the water pump, the idler, the tensioner and the belt, the timing belt runs about 3/16" off the outside of the camshaft sprocket and the water pump sprocket. How do I realign the belt centered in the sprockets. This condition was present prior to replacing the above parts.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!
If the belt is walking off the sprockets it has to be an alignment issue. The problem is most likely either the crank sprocket not pressed on to the correct depth or possibly excessive crankshaft end play.
The crank sprocket has been removed? If so what was used to reinstall it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The original belt was running off the sprockets by 3/16", same as the replacement belt. Sprocket is in, towards the engine, as far as it will go. Crankshaft end play meets specifications. Should we replace the timing gears?
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 years ago.
Was the sprocket removed at any time and if so how was it reinstalled?
Please describe exactly how end play was checked and what the measurement was.

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