2001 Chrysler Town and Country timing chain

Tiny
EARLEH
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,000 MILES
Have a noise that seem to be coming from the vacinity
of the timing chain. Is this normal? Could it be a problem? Could it be something else? How to check? Earle
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 12:33 PM

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Tiny
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Does the van have a 3.3L V6? If so, with 104K there shouldn't be a problem. Could the noise be coming from something other like the water pump?
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 10:54 PM
Tiny
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I am sorry I should have stated, it has a 3.8 engine which I believe is about the same. Earle
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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THat is a good engine and there shouldn't be a problem with the chain. If you remove the serp belt and start the engine (ONLY FOR A FEW SECONDS) does the sound go away? If so, my guess is there is a water pump or other accessory going bad.

Can you describe the sound?
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 11:29 PM
Tiny
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I gave it a listen. Sounds to me like a dry bearing. Which I guess would narrow it down to the alternator, or tensioner. As far as taking the serpentine belt off! Looks like a mess to get to! Look I am pushing 80 and I will still tackle anything with a carburator on it. So I ask you how do I get to that belt? One of the reasons I bought this van was because it didn't have a timing belt, however, it looks as though the serpentine belt might be just as much of a problem, outside of the fact that if it breaks you won't destroy the engine. Earle
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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There is a belt automatic tensionier. I believe it is located aprox in the center of the pulleys. I I recall, you need to use a 15mm wrench to turn the tensionier and release the pressure from the belt.
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
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But how do you even get to the front of the engine, it is smack up against the fender well? Earle
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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I realize there ins't much room. There are flat tools that are designed to help with that. However, if you are patient and used anything that will help you route the belt, you will get it. The worst part is trying to get the crank pulley on. You can get it from under the van.

As far as the tensionier, you should be able to get to it with a long box end.

Let me know if you run into trouble.
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 12:15 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, However I won't be doing anything on the van today, It is about 100 in the shade. Earle
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 12:23 PM
Tiny
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My god! Where do you live?
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 12:30 PM
Tiny
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Texas, Would rather the northwest, but so-be-iit, Texas.
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
I'm not sure what the post is about. Can you explaine?
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 10:57 PM
Tiny
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Timing Chain Noise. Someone explained how to get to the serpentine belt, and I said not today because it was 100 degrees, and he ask where that was and I said Texas. Earle
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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Now I understand. Take care.
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Friday, June 26th, 2009 AT 1:07 PM

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