Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
So, an engine size and same generation and operating in perfect order doesn't fit in a body in perfect working condition and same generation? What are the options besides throwing the engine (or the body) away? Which one you think is the cheapest option?
you said one engine was from a 2000 the other was from a 2003 those are definitely NOT the same generation computer wise, between 2000 and 2003 the computers changes exponentially, the tone ring on the crank sensor went from 16 teeth to 32 teeth so the newer much faster computers can control the timing (injector and ignition) much more accurately, this means the engine MUST match the computer, and due to the very different design differences in the computers they are NOT interchangeable.
the cheapest option is return the incorrect engine and get the correct one, if your mechanic supplied this engine it's their responsibility to get the correct one, however if you supplied the engine, i would go back to the recycler and say look in your interchange manuals and get me the correct engine, the change in tone ring teeth is a very well known thing and all my recyclers always say to check the tone ring on the dead engine before they even think about quoting one of these engines.
i have heard of some people attempting to swap tone rings BUT it is very difficult and if not done correctly the engine will never run correctly.
sorry about the bad news but this is a very