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Old 07-11-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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If anyone offers you the chance...

...to work on a 1994 Dodge Caravan, pass. Seriously.

I have never seen a more senseless design in my life. You have to take apart more or less the entire motor to get to the water pump, and when you finally get to that point, you will find out the the last person in there just put in whatever housing for that water pump they could find. This will mean that the gasket that you got for the pump to the housing will work, but the gasket for the housing to the block will not. It won't be close.


I'm very glad my car has such an easy to work on motor in it and believe that whoever was in charge of putting the Mitsubishi 6G72X in the Caravan needs to be caused an immense amount of pain in their genital region.


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Old 07-11-2011, 09:18 AM   #2
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Ah, the Pentastar V6, with the internal water pump. Glad I paid someone to do that one for me when I had a Dodge Dynasty. And then there is the valve guide design that wears easily, causing it to burn enough oil to make a smoke screen.
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I've never seen a design that requires you to remove EVERY accessory to change a water pump. Power steering pump, gotta come off. Alternator, gotta come off. A/C compressor, gotta come off. A/C compressor bracket, that too. Tensioner one, off. Tensioner two, off. Mounting plate for all of the accesories, you guessed it. Three timing covers, why not take those off too. Timing belt and tensioner, that's got to come off.

This thing has been a nightmare.
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No to mention the excellent fuel economy from vans Up here, about 70% of the vehicles are vans. I swear there's more vans in Ottawa than any other place I been to.
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There is nothing better than standing in a parking lot for a total of 21 hours of the weekend in the blazing sun and 200% humidity to fix a van that not only is not yours, but you are not being paid to do so.

If this guy wasn't my best friend I'd have left him stranded after hour 8. LOL
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I'd say he owes you big time. Is his wife cute? lol
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He gets to help me when it is time for the suspension change and brake conversion. And I'm not letting him use the grinder to cut bolts, he gets the hack saw.
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Good plan. Also, tie one hand behind his back.
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While I sit in a lawn chair drinking a beer. And maybe occasionally throwing rocks.
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I've never seen a design that requires you to remove EVERY accessory to change a water pump. Power steering pump, gotta come off. Alternator, gotta come off. A/C compressor, gotta come off. A/C compressor bracket, that too. Tensioner one, off. Tensioner two, off. Mounting plate for all of the accesories, you guessed it. Three timing covers, why not take those off too. Timing belt and tensioner, that's got to come off.

This thing has been a nightmare.
Tell me about it. I used to work for a few Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealerships. Remember the "Cloud Cars"(Dodge Stratus/Chrysler Cirrus/Plymouth Breeze and the closely related Chrysler Sebring Convertible)? Most people prefer not to,and for good reason.

Who in the hell ever heard of jacking up a car on a lift and removing the driver's side front tire just to get at and remove/replace the battery?!?!

The only Mopars that weren't seriously FUBAR'd at the time(mid to late 1990s)were the Jeeps.
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