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    3.3 & 3.8 engines have a timing chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrf View Post
    Timing Belt or Chain? 2000 Dodge Caravan SE Sport V6
    The 2000 year model had the option of four engines. Three of which are V6s and the other is a 2.4L four cylinder.

    Timing Belt Engines: 2.4L Inline 4 cyl and the 3.0L V6 Mitsu engines

    Timing Chain Engines: 3.3L V6 and the 3.8L V6 (Just as Flavife has mentioned)

    Hopefully that helps. Don't be afraid to use the search feature. There is a vast amount of knowledge to be gained from the archives.
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    Welcome to the Forum rrf. As you can see, you are NOW in good hands.
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    Mahalo!

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    If you have a belt........Replace the water pump also at the same time.! I changed the timing belt at 75K and the my water pump started leaking at 125K.........The job was a PITA took me 15hrs todo . But saved myself around a $900
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    PDshooter is correct. If you have a 3.0L with a belt - CHANGE the water pump while you are in there. MURPHY's LAW Applies. The 3.0L Belt/Pump job is not hard, just time consuming. Definitley NOT one of those side of the road jobs, although I have done it on the side of the rode, twice on 2.2L Chrysler 4 Cylinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSMLVR View Post
    PDshooter is correct. If you have a 3.0L with a belt - CHANGE the water pump while you are in there. MURPHY's LAW Applies. The 3.0L Belt/Pump job is not hard, just time consuming. Definitley NOT one of those side of the road jobs, although I have done it on the side of the rode, twice on 2.2L Chrysler 4 Cylinders.
    Just to highlight what DSMLVR has written before: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/sho...n+interference
    It should be stressed, always replace the timing belt at specified service intervals. Some engines like the older Ford 2.3L inline 4 cyl did not mention anything in the owner's manual to replace the timing belt, even though it had one! So much for letting inexperienced owners know the warning when they could be on the side of the road waiting for a tow.

    I have read many owner's manuals before, they range anywhere from 40k (overkill) up to 110k (pushing it) miles before change.

    The other car I drive has a non-interference engine which is a 2.5L V6 in a '93 MX6. The burden of worry can be much less if the belt did break before the scheduled service. It is listed to have timing belt replaced at 60k mile intervals, I hate it when it comes time for that. That engine is not easy to work on.
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