Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Camshaft Bearings


The 3.0L engines in both the Premier and Monaco and the other vehicles do not have replaceable camshaft bearings. The camshafts rest in camshaft journals which are machined in the cylinder head. The 3.0L engines have overhead camshafts which do not exert as much lateral force on the camshaft journals, thus camshaft bearings are not needed. If the camshaft journal surfaces on these heads are damaged in any way, the cylinder heads will either have to be machined by a professional automotive machine shop or will have to be replaced with a new cylinder head.


3.3L and 3.8L Engines

See Figures 1 and 2

This procedure is easiest with the engine removed from the vehicle and completely disassembled before removing the camshaft bearings. If the engine is not completely disassembled, there is a risk of a camshaft bearing falling into the oil pan, necessitating the removal of the oil pan or other related parts. It is possible, however, to remove the camshaft bearings with the piston and crankshaft assemblies still in the engine.

To replace the camshaft bearings with new ones, it will be necessary to have Tool C-3132-A or a similar camshaft bearing removal and installation tool.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the camshaft core plug-3.3L and 3.8L engines

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Fig. Fig. 2: The special tool C-3132-A is a necessity for removal or installation of the camshaft bearings-3.3L and 3.8L engines

  1. The camshaft, cylinder heads, intake manifold, oil pan and exhaust manifolds must be removed before this procedure can be accomplished. It is, however, recommended that the entire engine be removed from the vehicle, then disassembled.
  3. Drive out the rear cam bearing core hole plug as follows:
    1. Using a blunt tool, such as a drift, and a hammer, strike the bottom edge of the cup plug. With the cup plug rotated, grasp firmly with the pliers or other suitable tool and pull the plug out of the hole.