2000 Chrysler Town and Country



January, 22, 2013 AT 1:12 AM

2000 Chrysler town and country v6 3800 is it necessary to remove the air condition compressor to gain access to the oil pump or timing chain and do I need to remove the tent ion brace also.

1 Answer



January, 22, 2013 AT 3:05 AM


Disconnect negative cable from battery.
Drain cooling system.
Support engine and remove right engine mount.
Raise vehicle on hoist.
Drain engine oil.
Remove right wheel and inner splash shield.
Remove transaxle inspection cover.
Remove oil pan and oil pump pick-up tube.
Remove accessory drive belt.
Remove A/C compressor and set aside.

Fig. 67

Remove crankshaft damper (Fig. 67).
Remove lower radiator and heater hoses from chain cover housing.
Remove idler pulley from engine bracket.
Remove coolant by-pass hose from chain cover housing.
Support the engine.
Remove the right side engine mount. Refer to Engine Mounts.

Fig. 68

Remove the engine mount bracket (Fig. 68).

Fig. 69

Remove cam sensor from timing chain cover (Fig. 69).
Remove the water pump pulley.


Be sure mating surfaces of chain case cover and cylinder block are clean and free from burrs. Crankshaft oil seal must be removed to insure correct oil pump engagement.


Fig. 70

Use a new cover gasket, and O-rings (Fig. 70). Adhere new gasket to chain case cover, making sure that the lower edge of the gasket is flush to 0.5 mm (0.020 inch) passed the lower edge of the cover. Refer to Oil Pan.
Rotate crankshaft so that the oil pump drive flats are in the vertical position.
Position oil pump inner rotor so the mating flats are in the same position as the crankshaft drive flats (Fig. 70).

CAUTION: Make sure the oil pump is engaged on the crankshaft correctly or severe damage may result.

Install cover onto crankshaft.
Install timing chain cover screws and torque to 27 Nm (20 ft. Lbs.) (Fig. 69).

Fig. 71

Install crankshaft oil seal (Fig. 71).
Install water pump pulley.

Fig. 72

Install crankshaft damper (Fig. 72).
Install engine bracket (Fig. 68) and torque fasteners to 54 Nm (40 ft. Lbs.).
Install right side engine mount. Refer to Engine Mounts.
Install idler pulley on engine bracket.
Install cam sensor.
Install coolant by-pass, heater, and lower radiator hoses.
Install A/C compressor.
Install accessory drive belt.
Install oil pump pick-up tube with new O-ring. Tighten attaching bolt to 28 Nm (250 in. Lbs.).
Install oil pan and transaxle inspection cover.
Install inner splash shield and wheel.
Fill crankcase with oil to proper level.
Fill cooling system.
Connect negative cable to battery.

Short answer is yes


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