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Picking up an Avenger R/T 3.5

Discussion in '200, Avenger/Sebring, Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze' started by Tomguy, May 4, 2017.

  1. Tomguy

    Tomguy Well-Known Member

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    Anything to be aware of?
    My first plan is to replace the timing belt & water pump unless I have service history showing it was done.
    Second plan is to check the ATF, and do that if/as needed.

    Anything common? Uncommon? Thanks!
     
  2. Merle Kyle

    Merle Kyle New Member

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    I'd run synthetic oil and a high quality oil filter. Also, while replacing the timing belt, replace the hydraulic tensioner, especially if you have a 3.5L V6. That engine is an interference engine. I have 229K on mine and original motor and trans. It's an '08 R/T. Only issue I really have with is the EGR valve needs to be replaced. Stumbles when it's cold. They get carboned up. I flush my power steering, brake and antifreeze fluid every 3/100K. Changed the fuel pump (with another Mopar pump) back in January before I ran from Michigan to Alabama, to NE Virginia and back to Michigan. Didn't miss a beat. Pump was still working within spec, but at 200K or 10 yrs, I ALWAYS change the fuel pump. Don't like to be stranded by such. (The battery is in a bad spot. A real pain to change, but I've done it 3 times so it has gotten much easier, but just not convenient). A good fuel system cleaner is not a bad idea neither. Also, 80K or higher mileage I'd seriously consider a tune up too. You didn't mention if it's a 2.4L; 2.7L or 3.5L engine.
     
  3. Tomguy

    Tomguy Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, the subject was the engine: It's the 3.5L V6, same in my 300M with nearly 210k and I got it for a pretty good price. Mine doesn't stumble cold, even though I know the EGR is very dirty (I've pulled the mani & seen it). I buy the kit with the belt, pump, tensioner & pulley to avoid having to do the job twice. I only use syn oil and ATF +4 :)
     
  4. Merle Kyle

    Merle Kyle New Member

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    I made the decision to buy the hydraulic tensioner, serpentine belt tensioner and timing belt from the dealer. (Good decision). I bought the water pump from a national chain (lifetime warranty you know) and the pump starting leaking 52K after install. I was p.o.'d so had to do it all over again less the hydraulic tensioner and 47K later, thus far, not a bit of trouble. Second pump is a Mopar part. I took the original belt to 130K, second belt replaced at 182K (due to that doggone water pump failure), and put on a new timing belt and another serpentine for good measure. Good engine and good car. Still can dog out from a light, when pushed.
     
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  5. Merle Kyle

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    (See the subject now. Been an Allpar fan a long time, but it's been 15 yrs since I wrote on this forum. Dave's a great guy though, for keeping this going.)
     
  6. Tomguy

    Tomguy Well-Known Member

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    Picked it up today. Battery was not 100% dead but not enough to crank (or even a rapid click - just 1 click). Put my charger on, started it and drove it off the dolly into my driveway. Every light is on and the gear selector was showing I was in every gear. Hoping it's just the low battery. Sounds great though!
     
  7. Tomguy

    Tomguy Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have the Avenger JS service manuals? I found 2007 but it appears to be Sebring exclusive. I don't see bits about the Avenger trims etc. Did they just come with a basic grey key or the integrated key? I just got a basic key.
     
  8. Ian

    Ian Car Freak

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    Avenger came out in 2008. Also, they had the integrated key as far as I know. I have a 2013 and it does have that key.
     

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