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

Timing Belts


See Figure 1

Of the three V6 engines available for 1988-95 front wheel drive Chrysler cars, only the 3.0L engine is equipped with a timing belt. The 3.3L and the 3.8L engines are equipped with timing chains and generally do not need routine replacement or inspection, unless engine repairs are being done and inspection would be easy to do at the time. The 3.0L engine timing belts do, however, need to be inspected at the 60,000 mile (96,000 km) mark. If the timing chain shows signs of wear or defects, the belt should be replaced at that time. If the belt is checked at the 60,000 mile (96,000 km) point, no wear is found, and, therefore, the belt is not replaced with a new one at that time, the belt MUST be replaced at the 90,000 mile (144,000 km) mark.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Inspect the timing belt for these defects, and replace if any are found

Inspect both sides of the timing belt. Replace the belt with a new one if any of the following conditions exist:

Hardening of black rubber back side is glossy without resilience and leaves no indent when pressed with a fingernail.
Cracks on rubber backing.
Cracks or peeling of the canvas.
Cracks on rib root.
Cracks on belt sides.
Missing teeth.
Abnormal wear of belt sides. The sides are normal if they are sharp as if cut by a knife.

If none of these conditions exist, the belt does not need replacement, unless it is the 90,000 mile (144,000 km) service check. The belt MUST be replaced at this interval.

For removal and installation procedures, refer to Engine & Engine Overhaul .