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#57 of 64 Re: Concerned [jonm30]
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Oct 11, 2011 (9:59 pm)
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#58 of 64 Re: Concerned [jonm30]
Oct 12, 2011 (7:30 am)
I had taken it in for service under warranty because of the noise. They tried to tell me it was something else at first, "made an adjustment", but afterward the noise was still there. I took it back and had to go to management before I got a transmission specialist from the shop (dealer) to test drive it with me. We reproduced the sound and they subsequently figured it was an air/vacuum issue and isolated it to the evac sensor.
You have to kind but firm in insisting they look at the air/vacuum portion of the system. Good luck.
#59 of 64 2001 Chrysler Sebring sedan 2.7 engine clattering
Dec 04, 2010 (8:01 pm)
I just bought a 2001 Sebring Sedan with the 2.7 engine. I am a home mechanic- only worked on my own cars but have never worked on a 2.7.
I bought it from a small towing company which had picked it up as a "donation vehicle" and sold it instead of scrapping it.
Here's the little history I have of the car from what they told me:
They thought it had sat and not been driven for at least the previous six months.
The engine was no good because it made a lot of clattering noise when it was started. They owned it for about four months and would start it occasionally to move it around in their yard.
They told me the oil pressure light would come on whenever they started it.
The on-site mechanics told me they suspected the cams but hadn't done any work on the engine because the owner felt he would have to replace the engine and didn't want to mess with it so he put it up for sale.
They started it for me but I had them turn it off right away when they said the oil pressure light was on. I did not hear any rod knocking noise or any particular loud clattering, but then the radiator fan was making quite a bit of noise. The guy who started it said he heard it clattering.
It has been delivered to me and I am not sure what to do or where to start so I am looking in forums for suggestions. Got any?
BTW, I have been researching and have familiarized myself with the "sludge" problem found in the 2.7 L engine. I am wondering if I should start with the timing belt based on reports of the tension spring failing due to low oil pressure. Here's my problem; I have never had to replace a timing belt before so this would be my first time. I'm not sure how or where to begin so I need basic and clear directives.
#60 of 64 Re: 2001 Chrysler Sebring sedan 2.7 engine clattering [danwetherbee]
Oct 19, 2012 (7:59 pm)
Almost 2 years later and finally I am getting back to this vehicle. I have started the vehicle a couple of times to move it very short (less than 30 feet) distances. It always started until this time. Won't fire even when I spray starting fluid in the intake. There is water in the oil and it makes a strange "grinding" sound when it is turning over. I tried to check the compression on the front 3 cylinders but it showed 0 for all 3. Perhaps the guage is bad. I haven't got around to checking it on a running vehicle. I pulled the oil pan and there was a plastic part about 3-4" long and about an inch wide laying in the bottom of the pan. There was red antifreeze in the coolant so I don't think the water is from it sitting out through the Colorado winters. I understand the water pump can go bad and leak water into the oil. Could the plastic piece have come from the water pump?
#61 of 64 Re: 2001 Chrysler Sebring sedan 2.7 engine clattering [danwetherbee]
Oct 29, 2012 (6:15 am)
If you see coolant in the oil be prepared for a major job.
The water pump is internal to this engine (behind the timing cover) and it is a maintenance item due at 100K along with a timing chain.
I have a 2.7l on a stand from a '02 Sebring I just replaced the crank in because of failed rod bearings. Yes, they just failed and not because of the lack of oil or coolant in the oil. I have some theories why but I intend to write a blog when the vehicle is back together. I paid $500 for this car because the body and interior was nearly flawless but the engine had a rod knocking. It is well worth fixing.
If I was interested in a quick turnover to resell, I could have just micro polished the rod journals on the crank and replace the bearings. And it probably would have held up. But really I need to put the wife into something more economical without going into debt for another car. This will be a win-win.
The most common failure in these is the water pump leaking. Because it is internal to the engine this means water in the oil, and if not discovered early, this means catastrophic engine failure will happen soon. Usually it is due to the timing chain tensioner failure because it operates on oil pressure. Low or no pressure due to water in the oil, slack tension (on a worn out chain), then the chain jumps; throws out the cam timing and then valve damage. This is an interference engine or non-freewheeling as the factory manual describes it.
The sludge problem I 100% attribute to piss poor maintenance. There is a reality here that nobody wants to address. These small high performance engines are intolerant to poor maintenance and poor quality fuel.
The sludge issue isn't only a problem with Chrysler engine but Toyota, VW and other have run into the same issues.
#62 of 64 replaced the timing chain and water pump on a 2002 sebring 2.7L wont start.
Jun 13, 2011 (10:08 am)
i did everything possible its my wifes and my car shes out of town comes in 2 days i need to use it to pick her up from the airport it turns and sounds like it wants to start but wont. It started for me 2 times but wont no more please help!!!!!
#63 of 64 Re: replaced the timing chain and water pump on a 2002 sebring 2.7L wont start. [luis88787]
May 13, 2012 (11:57 pm)
Well just wondering was the oil light on when it happened? Also does it turn over or do nothing at all?
#64 of 64 Coolant leak no overheating
Apr 21, 2013 (11:46 am)
I have a 1996 Sebring with a 2.6lt engine. The car does not overheat, but starts leaking once it has started to cool off. It appears to be leaking from around the water pump, but I have been unable to verify that. Does this sound like the water pump or head gasket?