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2003 Chrysler Voyager LX 4dr

2003 Chrysler Voyager
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Reg WB, 2WD Minivans
21 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
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October 15, 2011, 7:15 am

Mike R
 

Question: Timing Belt Change

I have a 2002 Voyager purchased used with only 64,000 miles on it. I'm only the 2nd owner. I currently have 70,000 miles on it. It's the 4 cylinder 2.4 liter engine, so it has the famous timing belt. Manual says 8 years or 120,000 miles. I am obviously well below 120,000 miles, but I'm over 8 years. Should this be something I rush to have replaced? It's a costly job and I don't really have the money for it, but I was planning on taking it on a trip soon. Don't know what to do. Getting differing opinions from different mechanics. Everything from "change it right away" to "don't worry about it. They hardly ever break below 100,000 miles."


October 18, 2011, 5:35 pm

Ron W
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My opinion is to follow the manual. If it says replace it after 8 years you should probably do it. That is listed because rubber belts break down over time (even if it is not being used). So the rubber in the timing is weaker and could possibly break.


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