Question about 2003 Chrysler Town & Country
Are you sure you have a belt, not a metal chain? To my knowledge all the Chrysler V6 engines use a timing chain, which should last the life of the motor. Ask your local auto parts store, they can tell you for sure.
(Don't confuse the timing belt/chain with the serpentine drive belt which runs the air conditioner, water pump, power steering pump, etc. The serpentine belt is always rubber and is visible at the front of the engine (your left as you face the car with the hood open). This should be inspected once a year beginning at 5 years or 60,000 miles, and replaced once it starts showing cracks or wear. If you have never replaced yours, you are due for it now. I just replaced mine on my 2005 T&C with 63,000 miles.)
If you do have a rubber timing belt, I would replace it every 6 years or 60,000 miles (whichever is first) unless the owner's manual calls for a different interval.
Many engines today have "negative valve clearance", which means if the timing belt breaks, the piston will run into the valve, possibly bending the valves. This means a full overhaul of the motor, which is *much* more expensive than replacing the belt.
A metal timing chain is internal to the engine and lubricated by engine oil, and will not break like a rubber belt can. It will last the life of the motor (150,000 miles or more).
Posted on Aug 23, 2010
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