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Old 17 Jul 2012, 11:59 pm
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Default Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

I'm replacing the timing belt on my daughter's 04 Cruiser. The service manual says to remove the crankshaft sprocket. The write ups I've read don't mention this. Do I need to remove the sprocket? I'm planning on replacing the tensioner and water pump is there anything else I'll need to remove to replace these?

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Old 18 Jul 2012, 12:34 am
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

I replaced my timing belt a few weeks ago, and I removed the sproket, no big deal really, it came off easy.

The reason I did it was so that I could put in a new crankshaft seal, along with the cam seals. While you have it all exposed, why not spend the extra $10-$15 and replace those seals. FWIW
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 12:54 am
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

You'll need the Chrysler puller to pull the sprocket off. I rented it from an auto parts store.

You cannot get the new belt on with it on there.
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 09:14 am
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

I'm not talking about taking the dampener off, I know I have to do that. I'm talking about the sprocket that the timing belt fits on. I know it needs a special puller, but don't see the reason to take it off. I don't have the timing belt covers off yet, so I'll find out when I get in there tonight.

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Old 18 Jul 2012, 09:29 am
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

Bob,
I just did the timing belt change, you DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT need to take the camshaft sprocket off, I had to take my timing belt off twice, neither times did the sprocket have to come off-
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Not if your not going to replace crank seal. Most do not.
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 03:52 pm
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I'm not talking about taking the dampener off, I know I have to do that. I'm talking about the sprocket that the timing belt fits on. I know it needs a special puller, but don't see the reason to take it off. I don't have the timing belt covers off yet, so I'll find out when I get in there tonight.

Bob
Oops! Sorry Bob, my bad. I was talking about the dampener.
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 04:34 pm
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

How long does this job take, as I need to replace mine as well...its original at 146K, I was thinking to go with the Gates Racing belt as I heard they are better and nearly the same cost. Is it hard to get to, and is there any special procedures for marking the cams or anything? I need to get the book soon...lol
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 04:51 pm
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Book time is 8 hours, IIRC. Hardest part is the center motor mount bracket thing-from-hell.

I don't know the exact time it took me as I had to do the head as well.
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Old 18 Jul 2012, 04:58 pm
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Default Re: Do you need to remove crankshaft sprocket?

Didn't think I did, but I don't have the outside cover off yet. Should get it all done tonight, total time will be about 5 hours.

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