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Terryserf 11-17-2010 11:16 PM

cracked timing belt cover
The water pump on my 2001 1500 5.9 went out today so I went down got one and proceeded to install. Everything was going great, lining up, bolts were threading by hand.but while I was tightening the bolts the rest of the way I noticed a crack in the timing chain cover:158: anyway, what started as a relatively short project is now a 1 to 2 day project.
My question is now that I have to replace the timing cover, what else should I replace/check while I'm doing this? and is there a previous thread of the process? I could not find anything in the search. I'm thinking... timing chain (duh) the plenum gasket hasn't been replaced yet, the new water pump....... I'd appreciate any tips ,links, etc that would help. Btw I'm no master mechanic but am pretty good with tools...except for cracking timingchain covers:doh: Thanks in advance.... The truck has 92,000 miles on it.

Toms Blue Ram 1500 11-17-2010 11:28 PM

Are you sure it's cracked and just not a casting imperfection ?

Stainless 11-17-2010 11:59 PM

If it is cracked, remove the timing chain cover, its best to do a oil change as well as coolant can get into the oil(left overs) be carefull of the engine oil pan gasket, its easy to damage. Check to see how loose your timing chain is, if lots of play might as well change it while there.

Terryserf 11-18-2010 04:24 PM

Thanks for the replies.... Yeah, its definitely cracked......What needs to be removed to replace the cover and depending on what needs to be removed, I'd like to replace the thermostat as well. I'm driving my wifes jeep now and am flying out of town on sunday for a week so I'm going to try to make a decision if someone else is going to do it while I'm gone..or..... make time when I get back. Should I just remove the Oil pan and clean it and the pick up while this is being done? Thanks, T

hillbillyclay 11-26-2010 12:19 PM

I had the same issue after i had replaced the water pump already the i noticed a small leak from the timing chain cover so i had to under go yet another coolant drip. now after changing the timing chain water pump and cover my rad went.... am i the only one who has coolant problems with mopar? my jeeps all did the same thing and my buds 5.9 dakota did the exact same thing.

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