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Does the engine have to be pulled on a 1997 Caravan with a 3.0 to change the timing belt and waterpump.

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Listen to motor1258 what he said was true,there is not much room, but i have never heard of pulling the engine to do this, get a second opinion

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Whoever told you that is trying to make some fast money ! It's a fair bit of work on one end, that if I remember, does include removing one mount, but no, the engine doesn't come out. If that was a garage, don't go back there. About $200 labor & $70-$80 parts, for belt & probably another $25-$75 for pump and another hours labor.

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