Installation Instructions for 2.5 V6 Sebring, Avenger:
TIMING BELT COVER
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the accessory drive belts.
Remove the crankshaft pulley.
Timing belt covers-2.5L engine
To access the upper right timing belt cover, remove the power steering fluid reservoir mounting bolts ...
... disengage the IAT and MAP sensor wiring connectors ...
... then lift up and position the power steering fluid reservoir out of the way
Remove the power steering pump with the hose attached and position it aside.
Place a floor jack under the engine oil pan, with a block of wood in between, and jack up the engine so that the weight of the engine is no longer being applied to the engine support bracket.
Support the engine under the oil pan using a floor jack and a block of wood before removing the right side engine mount
Remove the right side engine mount lower bolts from below the vehicle (arrows)
Location of the right side engine mount-to-inner fender mounting bolts
Location of the engine mount-to-engine attaching bolts
When removing the right side engine mount assembly to access the timing belt, this mounting bolt is hidden by the lower timing belt cover
Location of the lower timing belt cover's mounting bolts (arrows)
Location of the upper left timing belt cover mounting fasteners
Remove the upper left timing belt cover
Removal of the upper right timing belt cover may be easier from underneath the vehicle
The reamer (alignment) bolt may be heat-seized on the engine support bracket.
Remove the upper engine mount. After spraying penetrating lubricant, slowly remove the reamer (alignment) bolt and remaining bolts, then remove the engine support bracket.
Remove the upper left timing belt cover (closest to the front of the vehicle), followed by the upper right cover and the lower cover.
Although the manufacturer claims that the upper right cover is removable from the top of the engine compartment, it may be easier to remove it from beneath.
Place a large drain pan under the radiator drain plug. Drain and properly contain the engine coolant.
This procedure requires removing the engine timing belt and the auto tensioner. To help assure proper alignment at assembly, it may be helpful to set the engine at TDC on No. 1 compression stroke. This should align all timing marks on the crankshaft sprocket and both camshaft sprockets.
Remove the accessory drive belts and crankshaft damper.
Remove the right engine mount. This requires safely supporting the engine with a floor jack and wood block so the mount can be removed.
Remove the timing belt and tensioner.
Remove the water pump mounting bolts
Pull the water pump assembly off of the engine and inlet pipe
Open the water pump housing and examine for cracks or damage
Replace the water pump housing gasket using a scraper tool
Always keep the water pump's mounting bolts lined up with their correct mounting holes
Remove the water pump mounting bolts.
Separate the water pump from the water inlet pipe and remove the pump.
Thoroughly clean all sealing surfaces. Inspect the pump for damage or cracks, signs of coolant leakage at the vent, and excessive looseness or rough turning bearings. Any problems require a new pump.
Install a new O-ring on the water inlet pipe. Wet the O-ring with water to make installation easier. DO NOT use oil or grease on the O-ring.
Install a new gasket on the water pump and fit the pump inlet opening over the water pipe. Press the assembly together to force the pipe into the water pump.
Install the water pump-to-engine bolts and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
Install the timing belt and timing belt tensioner. Set the timing belt tension.
Install the timing belt covers. Install the right engine mount. Remove the floor jack and engine block from underneath the engine.
Install the crankshaft damper.
Install the accessory drive belts and set to the proper tension.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Fill and bleed the engine cooling system.
Start the engine and verify proper operation, with no leaks.