2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3L Engine Timing Chain

Discussion in 'Voyager' started by William R. Walsh, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Hello all...

    Recently, my mother's 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager van (195,575 or so miles
    on the clock) seems to have jumped out of time. It was going down the
    highway at the time, probably about 45-50 miles per hour and it just quit.
    Subsequent examination shows that the engine is very clearly out of time but
    it will try to run, albeit very poorly. This experiment was only attempted
    once, and the engine only ran for about three seconds before stalling. The
    rhythm of the starter motor is also very clearly off.

    I read through some old posts here and it seems like the lifespan of the
    chain should be about 200,000 miles. Okay, fine. I won't argue with it over
    5,000 or so piddly miles. Stuff happens.

    What nobody ever seems to say one way or another is whether or not the 3.3L
    V6 engine is an interference engine design or not. People have asked and the
    answer that comes out is "why does it matter, the chain is good up to
    200,000 miles". Well, that's fine, but if it slips or fails at that magical
    point, one needs to know if the engine can simply be retimed, the chain
    replaced and everything goes on as it did before...or if repairs to bent
    valves and such may be required. That's why it matters!

    The van ran fine before this unfortunate incident.

    I'd also like to know how much of a job it is to change the timing chain. Is
    there anything in particular to watch out for? Things that should be done
    "while we were in there anyway"? Many thanks to anyone who can shed some
    light on this.

    William R. Walsh, Oct 2, 2009
  2. William R. Walsh

    Bill Putney Guest

    I don't know this engine at all, but is the water pump driven by the
    timing chain, or is the w.p. accessory belt-driven?
    Bill Putney, Oct 2, 2009
  3. William R. Walsh

    cavedweller Guest

    Come on, Bill. It's an external w/p driven by the FEAD belt.
    cavedweller, Oct 2, 2009
  4. Hi!
    It's definitely driven by the accessory belt.

    My brother and I were on a pretty good roll replacing the Autozone
    remanufactured water pumps. After the first three (all the same
    failure--each one started weeping water out of the weep hole) went
    bad, we just got a new one and it's been fine ever since.

    William R. Walsh, Oct 2, 2009
  5. William R. Walsh

    Bill Putney Guest

    Yeah - file that under "When is a warranty not worth a darn?". I went
    thru that with an alternator one time at Advance - after the third
    failure, I finally asked for my money back and got one that did cost
    more at NAPA, but it never gave any trouble.
    Bill Putney, Oct 2, 2009
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    Some O Guest

    "William R. Walsh"
    That engine is not of interference design.
    It an old fashioned cam in the block with push rods design; not even
    overhead cam.
    I sure wouldn't run it with the timing off though.


    Some O, Oct 3, 2009
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    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    I can't see where either of those links say whether it's interference or
    not, and I'm not quite sure how OHC vs. OHV enters into it. According
    it is an interference design (though I've got no idea how much credence
    to give that site).
    Joe Pfeiffer, Oct 3, 2009
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    QX Guest

    I went through that with Pep Boys and an A/C compressor for my '84
    Caravan. They went through three of their stock units, each failing
    within 2 weeks of install. I was fed up and complained to corporate.
    They went down to the dealer and got a MOPAR original part. Worked
    fine as long as I owned the car. No cost to me except the original job
    order and the aggravation.
    QX, Oct 4, 2009
  9. William R. Walsh

    Bill Putney Guest

    This is where I think NAPA does an infinitly better job in controlling
    the quality (parts and assembly) that comes out of their suppliers.

    I have developed a philosophy over the years on dealing with this: On
    critical items, I compare NAPA and the others (which all seem to use the
    same rebuilders, except NAPA may or may not use the same rebuilder).
    Where NAPA is clearly using a different supplier (which I now
    automatically assume is for quality reasons), in general it is worth the
    extra price they may charge. On an item for which NAPA is using the
    same rebuilder as the others, that is a sign to me to go with lower
    price - for example, *all* the chains use the same rebuilt brake booster
    part for 2nd gen LH cars. NAPA wants $105, Advance wants $85 for the
    same part, so that part I get at Advance (also, the booster being a
    critical safety/liability item, a rebuilder and re-seller would have to
    be insane to skimp on quality on that type of item).
    Bill Putney, Oct 4, 2009
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    Steve Guest

    You say that as though it has ANYTHING to do with being an interference
    engine. It doesn't. In fact, I can tell you that *many* cam-in-block
    chain-timed engines are interference designs. There's little incentive
    to NOT make them interference engines and take advantage of the
    breathing and compression advantages it allows when the chain generally
    lasts as long as the rest of the engine, unlike a belt. No, it doesn't
    make you feel any better if you have a chain break and break a valve
    (and I've been there/done that), but from a design perspective very,
    very few of any given type of chain-timed engines built will ever jump
    time. Conversely, a huge fraction of belt-timed engines will jump time
    at *some* point in their lifespan because of owner neglect and the
    relatively short life of a timing belt compared to engine internals, so
    there's motivation to make them non-interference designs. Frequently the
    performance advantages win and belt-timed interference engines are
    built. But that, IMO, is still not a very wise choice.
    Steve, Oct 7, 2009
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