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    snow
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    I own a 1992 3.0 liter Caravan, and the timing belt is due for a change. Is
    this an expensive job? As a comparrison, I also own a Subaru Legacy SW and
    it cost me $250 to replace the timing belt. I would think it may be easier
    to do on the Caravan with more room underneath.
    Any information appreciated.

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    clare @ snyder.on .ca
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 09:56:24 -0500, "snow" <dlessard@powerlink.net>
    wrote:

    >I own a 1992 3.0 liter Caravan, and the timing belt is due for a change. Is
    >this an expensive job? As a comparrison, I also own a Subaru Legacy SW and
    >it cost me $250 to replace the timing belt. I would think it may be easier
    >to do on the Caravan with more room underneath.
    >Any information appreciated.
    >

    I changed the belt on my New Yorker on the driveway in less than 4
    hours. 3.0 Mitsu engine, same as the mini-van.

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    Circuit Breaker
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    > On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 09:56:24 -0500, "snow" <dlessard@powerlink.net> may
    > have said:
    >
    >>I own a 1992 3.0 liter Caravan, and the timing belt is due for a change. Is
    >>this an expensive job? As a comparrison, I also own a Subaru Legacy SW and
    >>it cost me $250 to replace the timing belt. I would think it may be easier
    >>to do on the Caravan with more room underneath.
    >>Any information appreciated.

    >
    > The Subaru's an easier job in my opinion.
    >
    > Get the shaft seals and waterpump replaced at the same time. If you
    > don't, you'll end up paying to do the whole job over when they fail.


    Definitely, since you've got the whole passenger side of the engine apart.
    When I rebuilt my 3.0, I didn't get a good enough seal on the water pump,
    so I had to take it all apart again to redo that. It's not so much that
    it's a difficult thing to do, but it isn't an /easy/ thing to do and it
    /IS/ a PITA. If you do it yourself, all you lose is $$$ for tools (which
    you should already own - don't need anything more special than a
    torquewrench, really), and the time it takes to do it. If you do DIY, set
    aside an entire day (won't take that long, but /just in case/). I think
    I'll agree with Werehatrick in it taking about 4 hours... seems about
    right. You'll need to remove the passenger side engine mount (and the
    biga$$ed bracket that it connects to)... easy enough, just about a dozen
    small bolts and two big ones to remove... oh, along with the alternator
    assembly, crankshaft pulleys, harmonic balancer, etc. But yeah, about 4
    hours is about right for someone who's done it before.

    If you let someone else do it, get your checkbook handy. you ask if it's
    expensive. Did you consider the Subaru expensive at $250? 4 hours labor
    at about $20 an hour (I doubt the mechanic/"technician" actually gets
    paid that, but we're being generous), plus a $20 timing belt - even that's
    only $100. If you let the dealer do it, add on a 200% to 400% markup ;-).

    You do the math ;-), that's my $0.02
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    Caravan fan?
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    Did timing belt on 93 Caravan 2.5, had to undo all belts, remove fender
    guard, remove crank pulley., unbolt engine mount, lift engine with jack to
    place new belt on. It was also a pain to get the pulleys aligned perfectly
    (cam moved slightly when I took off old belt) at top dead center. Had to
    re-time the engine also.
    It's a lot of work, need to have good manual and take your time.
    - Rich
    "snow" <dlessard@powerlink.net> wrote in message
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    > I own a 1992 3.0 liter Caravan, and the timing belt is due for a change.

    Is
    > this an expensive job? As a comparrison, I also own a Subaru Legacy SW and
    > it cost me $250 to replace the timing belt. I would think it may be easier
    > to do on the Caravan with more room underneath.
    > Any information appreciated.
    >
    >

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    Gordo
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    Yep, that is about the same procedure for the 3.0 Including the engine
    mount disconnect and engine lift procedure! One other thing...get new crank
    and cam seals while you are in there. They are probably leaking.

    "Caravan fan?" <richardnewton2@ReMoVeThiScox.net> wrote in message
    newsYQwb.12887$_h.7138@lakeread02...
    > Did timing belt on 93 Caravan 2.5, had to undo all belts, remove fender
    > guard, remove crank pulley., unbolt engine mount, lift engine with jack to
    > place new belt on. It was also a pain to get the pulleys aligned

    perfectly
    > (cam moved slightly when I took off old belt) at top dead center. Had to
    > re-time the engine also.
    > It's a lot of work, need to have good manual and take your time.
    > - Rich
    > "snow" <dlessard@powerlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:vqa6pno5982867@corp...........com...
    > > I own a 1992 3.0 liter Caravan, and the timing belt is due for a change.

    > Is
    > > this an expensive job? As a comparrison, I also own a Subaru Legacy SW

    and
    > > it cost me $250 to replace the timing belt. I would think it may be

    easier
    > > to do on the Caravan with more room underneath.
    > > Any information appreciated.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >

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    rlhul
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    iam a ase michanic and book time for timing belt ,water pump seals belts is about 6 hours. in my area labor rate is 89.00 hr

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    rlhul
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    Default Dodge Caravan timing belt change question

    iam a ase michanic and book time for timing belt ,water pump seals belts is about 6 hours. in my area labor rate is 89.00 hr

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