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    greybuck
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    Default Timing belt change for 2003 Dodge Stratus

    We have the following in our family, all with the 2.4L DOHC engine:
    1998 Dodge Stratus
    2000 Chrysler Cirrus
    2003 Dodge Stratus

    In the owner's manuals, the 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus call for the timing belt to be changed at 105,000 miles for *normal* use. The 2003 Stratus specifies the change at 90,000 miles.

    The Gates Timing Belt Guide specifies the exact same information. It also shows that the timing belt change for 2.4L DOHC engine in the 2003 PT Cruiser, and 2003 Chrysler Sebring to be 105,000 miles. It's the exact same engine, as I understand.

    For 2005 and later, the change interval goes back to 105,000 miles for the Stratus.

    Was there a reason for the difference on a 2003 & 2004 Dodge Stratus, or was it just a misprint?

    My 2003 Stratus is overdue for the belt change based on the owner's manual recommendations. I am trying to determine if I should get it done now, or if I can wait until 105,000 miles.

    With our 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus, the water pumps started leaking before the belt change was specified, so the the belts were changed early.

    Thanks,

    Kirk M.



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    Rob
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    Default Re: Timing belt change for 2003 Dodge Stratus

    most likely they started installing an updated belt design in 05. go for
    90,000 anyway regardless.


    "greybuck" <kmath50@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:4f6d0280-6fca-4332-a193-76da40fd3d91@googlegroups.com...
    > We have the following in our family, all with the 2.4L DOHC engine:
    > 1998 Dodge Stratus
    > 2000 Chrysler Cirrus
    > 2003 Dodge Stratus
    >
    > In the owner's manuals, the 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus call for the
    > timing belt to be changed at 105,000 miles for *normal* use. The 2003
    > Stratus specifies the change at 90,000 miles.
    >
    > The Gates Timing Belt Guide specifies the exact same information. It also
    > shows that the timing belt change for 2.4L DOHC engine in the 2003 PT
    > Cruiser, and 2003 Chrysler Sebring to be 105,000 miles. It's the exact
    > same engine, as I understand.
    >
    > For 2005 and later, the change interval goes back to 105,000 miles for the
    > Stratus.
    >
    > Was there a reason for the difference on a 2003 & 2004 Dodge Stratus, or
    > was it just a misprint?
    >
    > My 2003 Stratus is overdue for the belt change based on the owner's manual
    > recommendations. I am trying to determine if I should get it done now, or
    > if I can wait until 105,000 miles.
    >
    > With our 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus, the water pumps started leaking
    > before the belt change was specified, so the the belts were changed early.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kirk M.




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    Percival P. Cassidy
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    Default Re: Timing belt change for 2003 Dodge Stratus

    On 12/06/12 11:25 pm, greybuck wrote:
    > We have the following in our family, all with the 2.4L DOHC engine:
    > 1998 Dodge Stratus
    > 2000 Chrysler Cirrus
    > 2003 Dodge Stratus
    >
    > In the owner's manuals, the 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus call for the timing belt to be changed at 105,000 miles for *normal* use. The 2003 Stratus specifies the change at 90,000 miles.
    >
    > The Gates Timing Belt Guide specifies the exact same information. It also shows that the timing belt change for 2.4L DOHC engine in the 2003 PT Cruiser, and 2003 Chrysler Sebring to be 105,000 miles. It's the exact same engine, as I understand.
    >
    > For 2005 and later, the change interval goes back to 105,000 miles for the Stratus.
    >
    > Was there a reason for the difference on a 2003& 2004 Dodge Stratus, or was it just a misprint?
    >
    > My 2003 Stratus is overdue for the belt change based on the owner's manual recommendations. I am trying to determine if I should get it done now, or if I can wait until 105,000 miles.
    >
    > With our 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus, the water pumps started leaking before the belt change was specified, so the the belts were changed early.


    Our 1996 Stratus ES (V-6) had a water pump leak at about 55,000 miles,
    so we had the timing belt replaced at the same time -- or at least we
    paid for a new timing belt, but the belt broke just short of 90,000
    miles. Either they did not really change the belt, or perhaps they
    replaced the belt but not the pulley, which might have had a bad bearing
    resulting from the coolant leak.

    Perce


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    greybuck
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    Default Re: Timing belt change for 2003 Dodge Stratus

    On Friday, December 7, 2012 6:18:06 PM UTC-7, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
    > On 12/06/12 11:25 pm, greybuck wrote:
    >
    > > We have the following in our family, all with the 2.4L DOHC engine:

    >
    > > 1998 Dodge Stratus

    >
    > > 2000 Chrysler Cirrus

    >
    > > 2003 Dodge Stratus

    >
    > >

    >
    > > In the owner's manuals, the 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus call for the timing belt to be changed at 105,000 miles for *normal* use. The 2003 Stratusspecifies the change at 90,000 miles.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > The Gates Timing Belt Guide specifies the exact same information. It also shows that the timing belt change for 2.4L DOHC engine in the 2003 PT Cruiser, and 2003 Chrysler Sebring to be 105,000 miles. It's the exact same engine, as I understand.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > For 2005 and later, the change interval goes back to 105,000 miles for the Stratus.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > Was there a reason for the difference on a 2003& 2004 Dodge Stratus, or was it just a misprint?

    >
    > >

    >
    > > My 2003 Stratus is overdue for the belt change based on the owner's manual recommendations. I am trying to determine if I should get it done now, or if I can wait until 105,000 miles.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > With our 1998 Status and 2000 Cirrus, the water pumps started leaking before the belt change was specified, so the the belts were changed early.

    >
    >
    >
    > Our 1996 Stratus ES (V-6) had a water pump leak at about 55,000 miles,
    >
    > so we had the timing belt replaced at the same time -- or at least we
    >
    > paid for a new timing belt, but the belt broke just short of 90,000
    >
    > miles. Either they did not really change the belt, or perhaps they
    >
    > replaced the belt but not the pulley, which might have had a bad bearing
    >
    > resulting from the coolant leak.
    >
    >
    >
    > Perce


    I would have expected the belt to have lasted longer, unless something elsecaused it to wear prematurely. Did the belt tensioner get changed along with the water pump? I am not as familiar with the V6. The 2.4 had a new tensioner for the 2003 model year. It went from a *plunger* type, to a *wind up* style.

    KM


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