2001 Dodge Intrepid timing problem


Asked by Feb 11, 2011 at 08:17 AM about the 2001 Dodge Intrepid SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 3.5 Intrepid.  The water pump was replaced.  Now when I start the car it runs
and idles poorly.  I have to reposition the cam sensor slightly and re-tighten it to
make the car run and idle smooth.  I shut the key off and re start and the problem
returns until I reposition the cam sensor again.  Is this thing possessed or what?  WTF
is going on with it?

4 Answers


Sounds like the timing belt is improperly installed over the water pump


I inherited this problem from another mechanic and the owner told me the initial problem was the car overheated. When I got the car it would barely run, so I reset the timing belt. I have the marks on the cam between the two marks on the head. If the belt is installed wrong then why does it run OK when I move the cam sensor slightly? if the belt were installed incorrectly wouldn't the engine run poorly all the time? After I move the cam sensor slightly this thing runs like a top, after shutdown then re start it runs like crap again UNTIL I jiggle the cam sensor. (It's new) Could the programming in the computer be forgetting the timing after shutdown?

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If the removed sensor is reinstalled, completely remove the old spacer from the sensor face. Attach a NEW SPACER to the face of the sensor before installation. If installing a new sensor, confirm that the paper spacer is attached to the face.


Makes sense. I'll give it a go

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