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Aerolite01
post Mar 28 2013, 01:13 PM
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Well guys, after owning my 02 r/t for not even 3 days yet, the timing belt chewed off a bunch of the teeth on itself, so I guessing that I should start looking for a motor. But before I do, my question is and i'm more or less looking for an opinion, should I try replacing JUST the timing belt itself and see if it runs just on the off chance it dident bend the valves? I know its very doubtfull but it would save me alot of trouble. Then if everythings okay, ill go ahead and pull it back off and do the water pump and other stuff that goes along with it. Like I said, ive read that almost all of the time that happens the valves are junk or it possibly cracked a piston, but I figured id give it a shot and see what you guys think. Thanks

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post Mar 28 2013, 01:30 PM
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I would start with doing a compression check first. You can rent the tool from autozone or advance auto for a small deposit, and get it returned.

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post Mar 29 2013, 12:56 AM
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Pearl is exactly right. Run a compression check on just the cylinders at the front of the car that are easy to get to. If more than one cylinder is low on compression due to bent valves, then every cylinder is toast and you need to put a new or rebuilt motor init. Much faster and easier to find out what happened quickly than beating your self up with pointless labor and cash spent on the motor in there now.
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post Mar 29 2013, 05:40 AM
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Ill try running a compression test. As of now, its not looking good, so I'm pretty much planning on a new motor. Now, I have another question. From what Ive been reading on here and club 3g, the 6g74 swap is pretty straight forward to do, and beings I can find a 74 easier than a 72 maybe I should consider that? They tell me you need an aftermarket clutch for sure, so that will have to be done also. Still not sure about this though, Because the car probably wont have a very good resale value(in case id have to sell it) with this done, rather than having the motor it should have. Any thoughts on this?
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post Mar 29 2013, 06:25 AM
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QUOTE (Aerolite01 @ Mar 29 2013, 06:40 AM) *
Ill try running a compression test. As of now, its not looking good, so I'm pretty much planning on a new motor. Now, I have another question. From what Ive been reading on here and club 3g, the 6g74 swap is pretty straight forward to do, and beings I can find a 74 easier than a 72 maybe I should consider that? They tell me you need an aftermarket clutch for sure, so that will have to be done also. Still not sure about this though, Because the car probably wont have a very good resale value(in case id have to sell it) with this done, rather than having the motor it should have. Any thoughts on this?


Stratus' dont have crap for resale to begin with, so I wouldn't be too worried about that. As for swapping, if you can do it yourself, go for the 74 swap. Might be a bit more work and have to change/mix&match parts but its worth the smal amount more it will cost you. And you can always sell it here if its in good shape.
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post Mar 29 2013, 06:47 AM
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QUOTE (BRBRT03 @ Mar 29 2013, 09:25 AM) *
Stratus' dont have crap for resale to begin with, so I wouldn't be too worried about that. As for swapping, if you can do it yourself, go for the 74 swap. Might be a bit more work and have to change/mix&match parts but its worth the smal amount more it will cost you. And you can always sell it here if its in good shape.


Well, Ive never done a motor swap before, so I'm a little nervous about doing it. But I do want to try (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) Car is in good shape with the exception of the clear coat burned off the doors. only 114xxx miles and no rust so its a good starting point. Just really wish I dident have to do this so soon (IMG:style_emoticons/default/mad.gif)
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post Mar 29 2013, 01:20 PM
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Motor swaps are not easy on any car.. depends how much into the stratus platform if you like it and want to keep the car go woth the 74 or even go nonmivec 75. Enough people have done it now some research will help lots. If you dont like the car sell it junked and get another car.. its decision time if it were my car
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post Apr 28 2013, 07:04 PM
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Well guys, I still haven't made up my mind. I have the motor almost ready to come out, and have a 6g72 with 80xxx sitting here. But im still not sure I want to go that route. I can return the motor I bought(I have 30 days) but id still have to find a 6g74 somewhere. What do you guys think? I suck at making up my mind (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

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post Apr 28 2013, 07:33 PM
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If the motor is gonna get replaced and your at least a little into performance go at least 6g74 and have fun. If you want a reliable dd and dont want to turn many wrenches then stock replacement best... Its really up to you
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post Apr 28 2013, 07:41 PM
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Well, the fact that I have the sebring that's going to stay stock, and by the looks of it is not going anywhere, leans me torwards the swap. because why have two of the (basicly) same car? Ughh......Decisions.....
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post Apr 28 2013, 07:48 PM
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A motor swap (from what i hear, have not done myself) on this platform is much easier on this platform than many others. Research is your friend im gonna do a 3.8L swap but im doing that under closed doors
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post Apr 28 2013, 08:02 PM
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A 74 should be easy to find and fairly cheap. I've heard people picking them up starting at $500 and up to a grand.
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post Apr 29 2013, 05:51 AM
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The fact that it's a manual makes the job of a swap easier. It's really up to you. The difference isn't all that huge, but there are more options power wise. The 3.8 swap is more complicated because it uses parts from all 3 motors.
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post Apr 29 2013, 06:00 AM
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Liber called, he says go 6g75.
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post Apr 29 2013, 07:47 AM
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QUOTE (Jouw @ Apr 29 2013, 09:00 AM) *
Liber called, he says go 6g75.

But that motor is bigger, therefore heavier. Won't that add more weight to the wheels causing damage???? He he (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)
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