Monday, December 12, 2011

Changing Timing belt on a 2002 Dodge Neon?

I am trying to find some info on changing a timing belt on a 2002 dodge Neon 4 cylinder. Any info would help a lot. If you could give me a website on how to change it your self. (I don't have the money to take it to the shop).

Thanks . Also any websites with any info would help...Changing Timing belt on a 2002 Dodge Neon?
you need a good repair manual on it they only cost about 25 bucks and it will have illustrations and instructions of how to do this one,i agree with the above answer that's a lot to try and type out and if we miss one detail it will cause you to mess up,its not an easy job and if you don't get it back in time right you can damage the engine in it,that's why you need a repair manual on it,good luck.Changing Timing belt on a 2002 Dodge Neon?
Forget the websites invest in a good workshop manual and read first and then follow the instructions

The job is not too difficult but has dire consequenses if you get it wrong. You also need a decent set of tools including a torque wrench.

You need to get the timing exact or you can damage the pistons and valves should they come into contact. Even a bit out will drastically affect the performance.
There are plenty of tips out there if you search. Somewhat of a pita car to work on.
Too much information to type out...

As suggested by the first response, invest in a shop manual. It will give you the step-by-step instructions you will need as well as the torque specifications (very important) and the tools required for the job. Replacing the timing belt is a job that needs to be correct the first time you do it as the Neon 2.0L engine is an interference engine. Screw up the timing and the pistons will dry-hump the valves. That is a very expensive mistake to make. Hit the search and you can find it. Timing belts are easy on these, but you will have to remove the passenger side engine mount, the harmonic balancer, alt, and p/s belts. You would need a good 3 jaw puller to remove the balancer, plus a floor jack and jack stands. You will also need to remove the right front wheel to access the timing belt area. Or you can go to to do some research

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