As a note to the Webmasters, this repair and tips should be posted as a "sticky notes" too due to the very common occurence of these problems with the chrysler 3.5 engine. I just finished with the repairs, and diagnosing the problem was so much easier with what I had read in the past on this site. I knew right away what had happened, had it towed to my house and did the repairs myself sucessfully all with tips from this site. New timing belt, water pump, and METAL (not plastic) idler pulley & tensioner and I'm back on the road with my luxurious LHS! There are 3.5L water pumps going bad every day all over the country, lets try and help some of these people out!
I have almost new one w/30,000 miles on her, for sale for cheap!, anyone?. Its in very good working condition still, I just swapped mine out because I had a new one on hand when I was swapping my engine. its up for grabs (Its a MOPAR, O.E.M., not those crappy autozone waterpump!),lol, ;)