2002 Dodge Caravan Possible Timing Belt

Tiny
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  • 2002 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
My wife was driving the van at aroun 70mph and the engine just died. The starter still turns over but you don't really hear the compression so I assume it's a trown timing belt. Is the 4 cylinder a interference engine? If not what should I expect for a repair bill?
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 3:11 PM

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Tiny
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First, check engine compression to see if there is a problem with the timing belt. I don't believe it is an interfearance engine. IF it's only the belt, I would estimate around 400.00 for the repair (based on where you live, that could change)
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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 AT 11:07 PM
Tiny
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Checked compression yesterday evening and sure enough. No compression. Should I also go ahead and get the water pump replaced since I'll be that far into it?
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 AT 7:44 AM
Tiny
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Is the compression actually 0 PSI? Also, with 150K on it, I would replace the pump when you are to that point.
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 AT 1:47 PM
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I didn't have a gauge available but didn't actually feel any compression with my thumb over the #4 spark plug port.
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 AT 1:49 PM
Tiny
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That isn't good. Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 AT 1:52 PM

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