OK..I`ve found someone to replace the water pump and timing belt in our
1994 Dodge Caravan with the 3.0 engine for a price that makes it worth
doing..BUT before going thru with it I wanted to hear froma reliable
source that it does indeed have a "non-interference" type engine and
that there is little chance the valves were damaged when the timing
belt broke..I know it`s still possible even with this type engine so
here are the circumstances of what was going on when the belt
broke.........The van was going no more than 20-25 mph on a side street
and when the engine cut off it was coasted down a hill and safely off
to the side..After that we cranked the engine for 3-4 seconds maybe a
half dozen times as we tested various ignition components...We found
nothing wrong with all the common ignition problems and determined the
timing belt broke as the distributor wasn`t turning and the water pump
had been leaking prior to that...So..What do you guys think?..If this
vehicle does have a non-interference engine would I be fairly safe
assuming there was no valve damage under those conditions?..Thanks in
It will be safe to replace the timing belt and the water pump, common fix on
a 3.0, they are free spinning engines so it didnt hurt it the timing belt
breaking. I've replaced at least three of those rubber bands.
Just courious, how much are they gonna charge ya?
for my 3.5 the belt and idler pulley came in a "kit" (combined in the same
box obviously and the idler needed replaced too) priced at $110.00. the
water pump was $46.00.
your "mileage" may vary with a 3.0...........
300 dollar is ok for minimum 1 day works. I suggest you to have him
change crankshaft seals when he open that part of the engine:
i open the engine to put a new timing belt.
later 1 year later i open again to put water pump,
and now in the spring i will open the same thing to change crankshaft
seal. It hurts.
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