Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Timing Belts

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The 2.4L and 3.0L engines utilize a timing belt to drive the camshaft from the crankshaft's turning motion and to maintain proper valve timing. Some manufacturers schedule periodic timing belt replacement to assure optimum engine performance, to make sure the motorist is never stranded should the belt break (as the engine will stop instantly) and for some (manufacturers with interference motors), to prevent the possibility of severe internal engine damage should the belt break.

The 2.4L engine is listed as an interference motor (a motor whose valves will contact the pistons if the camshaft was rotated separately from the crankshaft), however, the 3.0L engine is not listed as an interference motor. In any case, the first 2 reasons for periodic replacement still apply. You will have to decide for yourself if the peace of mind offered by a new belt is worth it on higher mileage engines. Chrysler recommends replacing the timing belt on the 2.4L engine at 120,000 miles (192,000 km) and the 3.0L engine at 60,000 miles (96,000 km).

For inspection and/or replacement information of the timing belt, refer to Engine & Engine Overhaul .

Whether or not you decide to replace it, you would be wise to check it periodically to make sure it has not become damaged or worn. Generally speaking, a severely worn belt may cause engine performance to drop dramatically, but a damaged belt (which could give out suddenly) may not give as much warning. In general, any time the engine timing cover(s) is (are) removed you should inspect the belt for premature parting, severe cracks or missing teeth.

 
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