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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Engine, Van
#3 of 121 replacing engine..
Jun 12, 2007 (5:24 am)
Hi, I am replacing the engine in my 1999 dodge caravan ( 3.0 l). I believe that the engines from 1997 - 2000 are the same, but I have a buddy that has a 3.0 out of a 1994 or /95 that has very low mileage and works well.. What problems or modifications will have to be made to make it fit, or is this not possible.. Any help appreciated.
#4 of 121 Re: replacing engine.. [theriault]
Jun 12, 2007 (5:40 am)
This most likely will be a huge nose-bleed. Why? The engines from the Gen 2 vans were controlled by the first generation OBD-I firmware whereas the engines for all vans starting with the Gen 3 release were OBD-II compliant. I suspect that the engine itself will fit, but the rewiring job (either of the engine or the van) would make this a virtually impossible conversion.
Jun 30, 2007 (3:34 pm)
I have a 2000 dodge grand-caravan with 101,000 miles on it. A mechanic of mine suggested I use 5-30 weight of oil in the engine. If he is correct than what brand, type (such as conventional, synthetic blend or synthetic) and weight. Anybody out there with any input on this matter I would greatly appreciate it very much.
#7 of 121 Re: Oil [bubbles4]
Jul 02, 2007 (12:56 pm)
Yes, the 5W-30 should do perfectly well in most situations, and 0W-30 would be even a bit better if you live where the snow flies. FWIW, I use Mobil 1 0W-40 in both of our 3.8 liter DGCs (and used Mobil 1 0W-30 before that and 5W-30 before that) with great results (and great UOAs as well).
Regarding the synthetic versus conventional discussion, yeesh, where do I start? Ummm, I'm thinking that you might want to browse the last several months of posts under the Synthetic Oil topic:
ruking1, "Synthetic motor oil" #7000, 27 Jan 2007 10:23 am
That will either answer all your questions or make you more confused than ever.
#8 of 121 Abnormal noise when driving in low gear on my 98 Caravan
Jul 17, 2007 (11:36 am)
I recently noticed an abnormal noise when driving in low gear (L gear) on my 98 Caravan. That noise will disappear after shifted to higher gear (D gear). When I changed to D from Reverse gear, I can hear this noise in very low speed, after it switched to higher gear with higer speed, this noise is gone. This problem come out right after I use my Caravan to pick up the furniture I just purchased last week (about 450 pounds, ofcourse I removed my second and third row seats), and I did not apply the parking brake when loading the furniture, so, the car can move or shake a little during loading and unloading, not sure if this will associate to this issue at all).
Appreciate if somebody can give some advise here.
#9 of 121 2000 voyager possible timing problem
Jul 18, 2007 (1:11 pm)
My 2000 plymouth voyager was leaking and my husband changed the timing and water pump. Now no leak, but my van will not stay running after ignition. I have to constantly push the gas pedal to keep car running. Any suggestions? This was not happening before my husband tried to fix it.
#10 of 121 Re: 2000 voyager possible timing problem [sfunez]
Jul 18, 2007 (2:00 pm)
It sounds very much like he didn't properly line up the timing marks on the cam and crank sprockets before torquing the sprockets (and chain) back in place. Sorry to have to tell you this, but he needs to go back in.
#11 of 121 Re: 2000 voyager possible timing problem [shipo]
Jul 18, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I concur. It is very easy to get the marks off kilter mid-process. I did this on my '96 Subaru once and the only solution was to reset the timing belt. Not fun, but it should fix the problem.
#12 of 121 Is it worth of repairing my 98 Caravan for $2900?
Aug 02, 2007 (4:36 pm)
Noticed something is wrong with my 98 Caravan recently. Have my mechanic shop checked and was informed that the trans is gone and needs a new one with a repairing cost of $2900. Considering this is a 9 years old vehicle and resell price is about $4000, should I go ahead to fix it or simply donate it, get some tax returned and buy a new vehicle?
Your comments will be highly appreciated!