Timing Cover Oil/Coolant Leaks are Common on Dodge Grand Caravan

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Timing cover oil and coolant leaks are common, the oil and coolant don't normally mix. Our technicians recommend to replace the timing chain and cam sprocket if the timing cover is removed to reseal - or for any other reason.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 146,801 (17,500–222,333)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.8L V6, V6
7 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000
20 people reported this problem
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Observed coolant next to timing cover. Removed cover and replaced gasket and o rings. O rings were distorted. After fix, I later observed same leak again.
Thought to be a water pump, my mechanic took the front of the engine apart. The culprit turned out to be an inherent problem in these motors, the timing chain cover gaskets. I changed the timing chain and the water pump, as long as he had everything apart.
This went from an estimated $300 water pump job to an $1100 major engine repair. The sad part is that it is a design issue, and Dodge could have done a better job, or made the repair something that would not require 2 days and a major tear-down of the engine.
mechanic says timing chain cover leaking coolant a little
tube broke off while tightening it recall it
not to sure where the leak is coming from my water pump went out causing the timing belt to bust and blew a freeze plug as well, the dealer i bought the van from repaired all the problems but now the engine is leaking oil bad in the last week i have put at least 4qts plus 3 pints of engine oil stop leak in it it still leaks i don't have the money to take it to the shop i can fix it if i knew where to start looking any ideas would be appreciated also on this site is there any free video or pictures of how to find the leaks and step by step how to fix the problem thank you
my car is always overheating. i've noticed that there is
a coolaint leak
leaking from top rear bolt area
oil and coolant seals replaced from leaks