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    timing chain

    i noticed on the 98 caravan's 3.3 engine there is no mention in the manuel about timing chain replacement,where as on the smaller engines they mention replacing the timing belt at certain mileage.On the 3.3 engines,this is not required or what

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankcase View Post
    i noticed on the 98 caravan's 3.3 engine there is no mention in the manuel about timing chain replacement,where as on the smaller engines they mention replacing the timing belt at certain mileage.On the 3.3 engines,this is not required or what
    Nope, no requirement for a change... ever. Same with the 3.8. The only engine now available here in North America in a Dodge or Chrysler minivan that sports a timing belt is the new 4.0 liter unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shipo View Post
    The only engine now available here in North America in a Dodge or Chrysler minivan that sports a timing belt is the new 4.0 liter unit.
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    Any timing chain can require replacement.........Depends on many factors. I believe I read 1 inch of play? For the 3.8 engine.

    I just replaced one on my Dads 2000 GC 3.8 His 1991 GC 3.3 was OK and it had more miles on it.

    I have read many manuals over the years and seen lots of specs. There are always specs for whether the timing chain is OK.

    If this is not the case then explain why the 2000 GC 3.8 with 138K miles was worn past spec and the 1991 GC 3.3 at 200K was not?

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    Most people will never have to change a timing chain on a 3.3/3.8 Liter engine.

    That being said, there is no REQUIRED or SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE or MAINTENANCE INTERVAL listed for the timing chains. That does not mean that they do not stretch or break. It is just that they usually do not require maintenance over a normal lifetime. Towing, hard driving, jack rabbit starts, (eg. HARD USE), can require maintenance but , unlike timing belts, they do not require a SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
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    Does anybody know if chrysler still uses plastic gears? I did a timing chain job on my old '73 cornet years back, and I was surprised to find that the teeth on the gears were plastic. It seemed like a stupid concept to me at the time. (especially considering there was only 7 good teeth between both gears remaining)
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    DSMLVR I agree with what you say. The reason my dad's 2000 needed them replaced is because the previous owner went too long on oil changes.

    The PCV system was clogged up as well. I am rescueing it from the last owner's neglect.

    I believe that the plastic coated metal gears went out in the late 70s. I believe that all vehicles use metal now. The 1991 3.3 and 2000 3.8 were all metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntheman View Post
    DSMLVR .

    I believe that the plastic coated metal gears went out in the late 70s. I believe that all vehicles use metal now. The 1991 3.3 and 2000 3.8 were all metal.
    Thank goodness!!! What were they thinking with that one?!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenmore63 View Post
    Thank goodness!!! What were they thinking with that one?!?!
    Trying to reduce chain noise, go figure.
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    Even worse were the plastic distributor gears on the slant-six which broke and usually stopped the vehicle wherever you were at the moment.

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