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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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First off great site,It gave me way more mod ideas and made me love my new(to me) Intrepid even more.

I have a opportunity to score a 2nd gen(2002) Chrysler Sebring 2.7L in mint condition for < $1000. The blue book value is $7000+

But the problem is the guy said the timing chain broke. Now my question is what are my chances that the valves and pistons survived and I can get away with a new chain and water pump? Or will I be looking at at least new heads?

To the guys that has worked on the 2.7L motors, What are your experiences with broken timing chains?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 05:04 AM
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Unfortunately, the 2.7 is an interference engine, so if the chain broke there is likely severe damage to the valves and cylinder heads.

Those Sebrings are sweet cars, and with its high blue book value I would suggest covering all bases and getting a low mile used 2.7 to put back in. Stick with synthetic oil and good maintenance and it will last a long time.
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Or get it running, and trade it in!

There is enough blown 2.7 around mabe you can score some cheap heads?
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Is there a way to "roll" the motor over by hand to check for damage? It kinda depends at what RPM the timing chain let loose. At low RPM's you might be looking at minimal damage. For $1000 though, you should be able to fix it up and still a) have a good driving car, or b) sell it and make a descent profit.
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Will he 3.5 swap into these cars like ours?
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Will he 3.5 swap into these cars like ours?
Not unless you want to hack the car apart. The 3.2/3.5 was never an available engine in those cars unfortunantly.
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