Engine interchangeability on Chrysler van


Asked by Nov 07, 2017 at 09:41 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an opportunity to buy a nice 2005 Chrysler
Town and Country with a bad engine for 4-$500. My
2000 T&C has a good motor but needs too much
work( front lights, a/c, bumper, hood (in an accident
but runs and functions) both are v6 . Are they
interchangeable and how hard? I’ve done swaps in
the old days(chev v8 in 56 Chevy, VW , etc.) does
engine come out the top or eng/trans our bottom?

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there's 2 things you can do. 1 the easy way or 2 the hard way. assuming you want option 1 is to get an engine that is the same as the one you are taking out. but option 2 gets kinda involved and pricey so if your on a budget stick with option 1 trust me.

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Most engines come out bottom, but it could go out top if you manage to separate exhaust flange and transmission, which is not at all easy in the engine bay. Swap engine with one that is identical, you'll still have to deal with re-flashing computer. Mopars also have to check wiring harnesses as they love to switch to different harness connectors every year it seems, meaning you might have sensors on replacement motor that can't plug in without some rewiring. I'm more of a Ford guy, but experience has taught me to verify tranny hookups, over a 5-year spread electronic controls may have changed - meaning you may want to swap over entire drive train not just engine. Check on a dedicated T&C forum, members there will likely be familiar with such swaps.

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Ok thanks guys, the reason is this guys wife ran it when overheat alarm came on a continued driving. Now it runs, he said, but stalls. I did the same years ago but shut it off right away. It also stalled for awhile with Ck engine lites came on. After a couple on off sequences everything straightened out. I’ll have to ck it out. Again thanks all!

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