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This question is for another car ( A 1994 Dodge Intrepid). I'm having a really big problem trying to remove the water pump. I have the front cover off and can see the pump itself, only problem is that I have to remove the timing belt to get to it. The timing belt has a tension bar that pushes up against a roller which in turn keeps the belt from slipping. I can't seem to be able to figure out how to get this thing (tension bar)off for the life of me. Anybody out there have any experience with these. This is for a 3.5 liter engine....Thanks :(
 

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Garfield,

Take a look at the center of the tension roller on that arm. See if it has a 3/8" square hole in the center of it. If it does, just put a 3/8" ratchet in there and pull it away from the belt. The roller may have a 1/2" hole, so just put a 1/2" ratchet in it and pull just like you're loosening or tightening a bolt.

You can also use an Allen wrench that fits in the hole. But BE CAREFUL because you can strip that hole if you use one that's too small.

Good luck!
 

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Garfield,
If you have not done this before beforwarned...the 3.5 Chrysler engines are known for being a "bear" to get the timing belt reinstalled properly. If you do not have a factory service manual, get it before you do anything else and follow the directions for removing, reinstalling and tensioning the belt to the "T" You have to have the proper tool to keep the cams from turning while you have the belt off. This engine uses a hydraulic timing belt tensioner. If you do it wrong, and it jumps even one tooth when you start it...its bent valve time. $$$$$$$$ Your machine shop will love you. Speaking of... if your machine shop is an AERA member, have them print you a copy of AERA technical bulletin 1759.
I dont mean to scare you...but I know how many of these heads we have had to "fix" due to shops not getting the timing belt right. Usually about $400 a pair worth of repairs.
Hope this helps,
 

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Thanks guys, I think for my own sake I'm gonna put this thing in the shop and leave this job to the pro's. I try to have enough common sense to know when I'm in over my head.....Thanks for the warning and advice
 
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