2.4 Valve timing

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Bruce Baxter, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Bruce Baxter

    Bruce Baxter Guest

    Can anyone tell me if the 2.4 liter four in my '00 Voyager has a
    timing belt or a timing chain? My last Chrysler product had a Mitsu
    3.0 in it and that was a miserable timing belt that was tough to get
    to. I know a lot of the newer cars have gone back to chains because
    of the difficulty in maintaining belts, and the better reliability of
    a chain.
    Bruce Baxter, Feb 10, 2004
  2. Bruce Baxter

    Neil Nelson Guest

    The bad news... It's a belt

    The good news... labor time is just 2.0 hours to replace it, so
    it can't be all too difficult.
    Neil Nelson, Feb 10, 2004
  3. My 1998 Stratus has the 2.4 which has a belt. The recommend change is
    at 101,000 miles.

    For 2003 the belt tensioner was revised, and replaces the earlier
    part. Using the new tensioner requires revised inner and outer belt
    covers. When I had mine done a few months back, they used the same

    -Kirk Matheson
    Kirk Matheson, Feb 10, 2004
  4. Bruce Baxter

    Mike Behnke Guest

    More good news, it's a non-interference engine.

    Mike Behnke, Feb 10, 2004
  5. Bruce Baxter

    Rich Long Guest


    By now you know it has a belt. And in the manual replacement is
    specified at 120,000 miles. Just had mine replaced at 102,000 due to a
    loud racket at idle. Apparantly the belt tensioner failed, lost the
    grease seal and bearing loose with imminent failure. Had the belt idler
    replaced and also the timing belt covers as it has been updated. If you
    obtain Mopar parts, which is what you need for the update, parts alone
    will cost you nearly $400 at retail prices. I also replaced the water
    pump which is a wise choice as it is easy to do at the time.

    Chysler dealer quoted total repair including upgrade tensioner and
    covers and water pump replacement just over $1,000!

    I had the repair done by an idependent charging me labor with me picking
    up all parts, Idler, Tension Idler Assembly, New Covers, New Water
    Pump, New Timing Belt, Valve Cover Gasket, Spark Plug hole gaskets, and
    new fluids. My total for the repair was just over $740.

    Bruce, listen to the engine at idle, if you hear a racket which sounds
    like valve noises but is not at a even repetitive cycle, your tensioner
    could be failing. Mine had no grease in it as the seal was gone, and
    the idler was not spinning smoothly. You could feel the roughness. The
    belt was relatively fine with no cracks though I found a couple of teeth
    with chunks out of it.

    My 2.4 blew the head gasket at 54,000 miles and after a discussion with
    DM, they reinbursed me for the repair less $100. Have replaced 4 sets
    of front disc brake pads, 1 set of rotors, 1 set of rear drum lining.
    Also had to put in a $2,200 Mopar 3 yr. 36,000 mile warranty
    remanufactured tranny at 80,000. On my 3rd set of tires and just
    replaced the battery.

    Good luck,

    Rich Long, Mar 6, 2004
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