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2000 Chrysler LHS Question: Can a timing belt "jump time" and still let the car run?

 

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RedlineVue, 3.5L V6, Fayetteville, NC, June 12, 2012, 09:03
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170,000 miles on Chrysler LHS 3.5 liter, very bad acceleration in drive (5-10 mph AT BEST!!), no codes stored in the computer, but hear loud slapping or thumping noise in front of engine while running.

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    PARTS GUY June 12, 2012, 09:40
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    Yes it can. You need to stop driving this vehicle. It is an interference engine. This means if the timing belt jumps more or breaks you will have major engine damage.

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    RedlineVue, June 12, 2012, 09:47
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    Thanks for the quick answer! I have seen this happen on a Nissan Xtera, but it was found when the timing belt and waterpump was replaced ( close call! ). Again, Thanks!

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