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1996 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Question: How do I line up timing chain? Won't line up



rcourn57, Port Charlotte, FL, August 19, 2010, 20:16

Truck overheated - wouldn't start. Changed radiator and still wouldn't start. Pulled everything apart thinking maybe the timing was off - chain was loose. Can't get it to line up properly. Can anyone help? Thank you.

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    August 24, 2010, 16:00

    Remove timing chain cover.
    Remove camshaft sprocket attaching bolt and remove timing chain with crankshaft and camshaft sprockets.
    Place both camshaft sprocket and crankshaft sprocket on the bench with timing marks on an exact imaginary center line through both camshaft and crankshaft bores.
    Place timing chain around both sprockets.
    Turn crankshaft and camshaft to line up with keyway location in crankshaft sprocket and in camshaft sprocket.
    Lift sprockets and chain (keep sprockets tight against the chain in position as described)
    Slide both sprockets evenly over their respective shafts and use a straightedge to check alignment of timing marks . They should be facing each other top on crank, bottom on cam
    Install the camshaft bolt. Tighten the bolt to 68 N·m (50 ft. lbs.) torque.

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