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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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timing belt question

I already posted on someones post and got answered. But have a question on the timing belt.

It's a 01 trep with a 3.2 that has under 40k. Being beyond the seven year limit as I read there was a time limit thats not shown in the manual and now don't want to start it up.

I plan on getting it replaced in january as funding is not to good now, I don't drive it much (as you can see ) as I have a truck and two motorcycles that I drive, tradeing off between the truck and car.

My question is do you think I could use it for very few and short trips until january or am I pushing my luck? Also, with under 40k should I have the waterpump done also?

Its time to trade the truck for the trep but after reading don't want to but need to run it.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 08:32 PM
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It's a gamble of course but you should be okay, no guaranties for sure though. As far as the water pump goes, if yours is in good condition( no signs of leaks) then I would keep it in. Aftermarket waterpumps are garbage for these cars. Even the Mopar pump isn't the greatest since they canceled the factory pump in favor of a V-line model.
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Are you decent with tools and able to follow simple directions? The TB job is not really that hard IMO.

And you can get just a new belt and do it yourself for around $100

I would do the TB, hoses and new coolant at a minimum unless you have serviced the coolant recently
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Considering the limited driving you do on the car and the low miles, I believe you'll be fine until January. Do get it changed.
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My 2000 R/T is on the original timing belt/water pump at just under 90k miles. I don't feel I need to change it anytime soon. But that's just me!
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I saw some drops after a two day set in my driveway last week. Since the usual suspect is the water pump, I took the liberty of buying a new pump and belt and the seals behind the water pump housing for insurance. Raised the car and was ready to crack a hose loose when I noticed the thermostat gasket had been the source all along.

So the point I'm at is you should be OK as long as you don't have a leak showing already.

BTW, mine is a 2001 3.2 as well.
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we have seen numerous 7 year plus cars with less than 100K have their belts shred/let go over on the 300M site over the years

but who am I to talk since I just took my current 300M to 110K/13 years!!

I guess it kinda like this

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we have seen numerous 7 year plus cars with less than 100K have their belts shred/let go over on the 300M site over the years

but who am I to talk since I just took my current 300M to 110K/13 years!!

I guess it kinda like this

Nice express!
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Thank you Ken
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Do I feel lucky???.... no... If it was not for bad luck l have no luck at all, so its going to get done this month. I know it would last but with my luck it would not, so I called the stealer and will be done in a next week. I also have a pass fan thats doa and haveing them replace the unit.

Would have done it myself but my back will not let me bend over for any amount of time, getting old is hell.
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right there with you....I have a black cloud that follows me around...
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