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.
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Average mileage: 146,801 (17,500–222,333)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.8L V6, V6
18 people reported this problem
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.
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