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How do you replace a water pump on a 2004 Dodge Intrepid 2.7

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How do you replace a water pump on a 2004 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter engine?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.
Hello,a nd thank you for chosing Just Answer!

To change the water pump on this engine requires removing the timing belt, also.. So I have uploaded separate instructions for each. They are in PDF form. The top of the page says 3.5L, but I can assure you, they are for the 2.7L engine.

Timing belt:

Water pump
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

It does NOT seem the same as the 2.7 in the 2004. I had to remove two belts.


Also, I have to remove the timing chain, which is inside the engine. How do you remove the timiing chain? I know NOT to move any parts or I'll throw the timing off...I have the car torn apart and am a little nervous seeing that oil...also, will i need to repace the gasket for the plate which covers the water pump and timing chain?



Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.
OOPS!!... Sorry about that.. Here is the timing chain on the 2.7 engine. It also goes into changing the sprockets, and all, which really isn't necessary, but you can likely get an aftermarket set that will enhance performance, if you wanted to.

And here is the belt routing, in case you need it again:
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Still having problems/nervousness about replacing my water pump.


I received your diagram about how to take off timing chain


However, only the bottom bolts are visible


If i take off two bottom bolts, will this loosen timing chain to take it off enough so i may get at bolts for water pump?


Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.
Hi.. I just got back.. Didn't mean to keep you waiting..

To get to the water pump, you have to remove the entire timing chain, and its tensioners.. So ...might as well replace it while you're there.

Here is the instructions for the water pump though. So you can see how it is bolted up.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This is just it. You gave me instructions on how to remove the timing chain. Yet, I don't see everything. Only part of the guides are visible....the tensioner is NOT visible....Only the bottom bolts on each guide are visible. How do I remove the guides?
Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.
Which are you talking about in the picture?


Or do you not have the timing cover off yet, and you looking at this:

Customer: replied 8 years ago.



I see the bolt on number 9 chain guide, but NOT the tensioner. I see the bolt on the number 7 chain guide.


I only see what is below, the peeked area. Not above. so I don't see numbers 1, 2, 3, and 11 or 10


Is there a second plate i have to take off? Or is there a cover i should remove to make them visible?



Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.
OK, so you only took off this one so far:

Yes, you have to remove the valve covers to get to the cam sprockets. To do this, you have to remove the upper intake manifold.. Do you need those instructions, also?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Thank You!


This is what i was afraid of...I can't believe that it is this much balls to replace a water pump! I've owned 3 taraus's and replace pumps in two of them and I THOUGHT t hat they were tough....the fine engineers at chrysler motors need to pull their heads out of their bottoms...


please send me the directions to do the rest.....

Expert:  ase_master327 replied 8 years ago.

Here is the upper intake manifold.

Here is the valve covers.

Yes, it is QUITE a pain to put a water pump on this engine, definately not one of my favorites ones to do. The job calls for 8.1 hours of labor..
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I do know that you've NOT been paid




I asked How to replace a Water Pump in 2.7 litre Dodge 2004 intrepid




You told me that it was the same as a 3.whatever


It wasn't




All of the things i have asked you are relavant to replacing my water pump!


I shouldn't have had to ask all of these questions, they should have be part of my solution!!!!


I let the original person know that I wanted ALL things relavant to replacing a water pump


I didn't get my original question answered


I rated this information good, but by no means did a get an expert response


Last, sure would have been nice to know from the get go that is would take 8.1 hours of labor


Thank you for your answers i will make a payment once the job is done