When I installed this water pump on the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 2.7L I ran into a problem installing the timing cover. Problem ended up being that the "tough one" pump from Advance Auto was to thick. At a glance everything looks good but upon inspection the problem was found. Please check your pump before installing it to prevent this mishap.
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40 thoughts on “Chrysler 2.7l water pump installation problems”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bobby Bentley says:

    Another one great video Dr.O🔧🔧

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Letzrockitrite says:

    Yep… I got one in a 2000 intrepid/their stupid money lovin' design…… thanks EO … long time sub……. Jon O @ Idaho … when clickin' around … I see YOU… I stop in.. ty

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carl Williamson says:

    You were handling it very well I would have been super pissed

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joey C says:

    Dam! That sucks!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gabriel Garza says:

    The pulleys are different the gear

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vicente gonzales says:

    I have customer …. that put new water pump and put back everything then crank it up it snap supposedly but it bent the valve and said about timing chains or wanted pump is too small or too big

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ky Storm says:

    You gotta do the Dr O thing again ❤️

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin King says:

    Have you done a water pump in a Ford 3.5/3.7 NA Duratec yet, Eric?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Great job and video

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LSE LLC (Lumanet Solar Energy LLC) says:

    I have that same engine in my Dodge Magnum and had now over 230.000 miles on it when I had to take it apart because of a blown head gasket. I changed out the water pump and working right now towards the oilpump as well. But had zero problems with it. Running it on full synthetic amsoil 0W-20 here in Florida for most of the years and zero problem I have a video series about the head gasket products and put all my work I done to the car online so for who ever is interested can watch it.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars parochial2356 says:

    Eric says: "Repeat after me; Advance Auto and cheap Chinese junk parts."

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonny Mud Mower says:

    What's a job like that cost

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Kwiecinski says:

    I'm a Mopar guy…and the less said about this turd of an engine the better. Where it really gives trouble is in the 98-2001 LH cars. A combination of an even worse pump design and inevitable high RPM operation caused by placing this engine in a huge car leads to some truly spectacular failures.

    The sad thing is that this engine ruined the reputation of what is actually decent car. The Concorde LXi and Intrepid ES from the same year range with the 3.2 (and the LHS, 300M and Intrepid R/T with the nearly identical 3.5L) are nearly bulletproof save for solenoid packs in the transaxle and some weak spots in the cooling system (heater crossover tube corrosion and O-ring failure, coolant bottle cracks, etc). As for the infamous 42LE solenoid pack, replace it with a new Mopar one. It's the only way to ensure that you'll get the redesigned part that doesn't fail often. Oh and the Mopar thermostat on the 3.2/3.5 engines is of a unique design. The aftermarket ones have a smaller orifice which leads to wider temp fluctuations that will crack radiator end tanks in due time.

    I currently have 265K on my 2004 300M Special with the original powertrain. It still passes smog without any funny business too. Besides the aforementioned cooling issues and a solenoid pack, the only other non maintenance items I've done are a new PCM, a new trip computer, a new mirror switch, a new high side line in the A/C and an aftermarket trans cooler to help the trans live longer down here in the Texas heat.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cuba's Automotive says:

    Always hated that engine…. dumb design. I was having to do them before 30k miles…. dumb. Chain driven?? It's a maintenance item.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheCheesenChips says:

    I know that the 3rd party parts can be hit and miss at times, but man Chrysler designed a stupid engine, I mean waterpump driven by a timing chain, when is that ever a good idea,the moment the water pump starts leaking you get water in the oil.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BigNick says:

    All the auto parts stores sell junk Chinese made parts, replace with oem parts

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Reid says:

    Is this when you started trying Dorman?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Mac says:

    I'd have been through the roof with that one! Wow, I guess it pays to measure everything. Thanks for the video.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j. Onofre says:

    Why i don't check this video before, ? Now my timing chain cover is broken..

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fathead Fpv says:

    All that work for a water pump. Good old chrysler junk..

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars François D says:

    I bought the parts for my 2006 sebring sedan and after watching your video i took the new pump and i measured it lucky, 0.482.
    but i know that some water pump for the 2.7l uses different type of gasket like the black one made of gasket paper or the like.
    i wonder if the thickness of this gasket is sufficient to allow the cover to fit or the pump could be too far in and miss aligned with the timing chain.
    It would be nice if you could dig that

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C Pala says:

    Hi Eric.
    As a tech myself why would you install aftermarket junk, esp on a key timing component. not worth the risk esp for 50 dollars more for oem.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 007 says:

    How did you take that cover off?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bradley goode says:

    you have to be careful buying parts at advance auto, i dont buy airtex, or tough one, wearever brakes, exact spark plug wires, the last wearever pads i put on lasted 12000 miles. all these from advance are junk. just make sure you keep your receipt because they only keep record of your purchase at the store where you purchased the item, once the memory is full in there system all the data is dumped and deleted. lifetime warranty parts from advance is a joke. advance auto is 7miles from my house and autozone or oreilys is 16 miles away so its sometimes worth the extra drive to get a good warranty and parts

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Minoso says:


  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Everardo Camacho says:

    thank u for your advise on this car water pump,

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Johnson says:

    i ran into this same problem with an advance auto pump. the old pump has a thick aluminum pump gasket with rubber seals. the new pump comes with a thin paper gasket. use the thin paper gasket with oil resistant rtv to seal it. the new design has a thicker pump body and the thinner gasket compensates.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 73 SUPERGLIDE says:

    ok doctor

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars anon says:

    when it comes to (modern) Chrysler internals, unless it's from well known race engine parts mfg's, I stick with OEM …

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt Bartholomew says:

    You know what coming back here makes me kind of miss the old beat up hat.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Globalists Are Traitor Scum says:

    Advance Auto is now selling Carquest parts because of their buyout. I wonder if they are better.

    I have had various issues with ToughOne alternators and starters. Warranty them off with the Carquest equivalent and all is well…..hmmm……still from CHINA, though.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KenLyns says:

    Leave it to Chrysler to run a water pump off the timing chain. Hopefully the water doesn't mix with oil when the pump leaks.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eddy Arriaga says:

    thanks on the bearing info for the hub tamer works all most effortless

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eddy Arriaga says:

    ho,,man those are time consuming ,, fun to do so ,, good think you have a good eye,,,thanks for the tip,,oem always

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PhattyMo says:

    The 'port' at the bottom is bigger/thicker too.(might not be a major concern)
    I hate dealing with aftermarket parts,for these sorts of reasons. JUNK!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim dandy says:

    Man that sucks, all that work for nothing, hard to believe .080 extra thickness would make that not fit- Since the pump body is 080 thicker does that also mean the chain would be running at a slight angle?

    Maybe you should try to get dealer parts? I know they are much more expensive but maybe worth the extra for a customer

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Krueger says:

    awesome.. thanks for sharing

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Milford Civic says:

    The problem is, Advance Auto Parts. They sell nothing but sub-par junk for parts….too bad you don't have an independent parts distributor nearby.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Pust says:

    Well I did run into this problem today but I didn't know until it was to late. I started all the 10mm's first before I did the 15mm big bolt's after I tightened all the 10mm's it all seemed fine until I did the 15mm's when I zipped them in I heard a loud pope & the cover didn't crack so holly shit right? Now tomorrow I will break it all back down to see what the hell the big pop was !!! Note; The bigger thickness in the pump also throw's off the guides but that was easy to fix with a grinder. If I would off checked it like you did I would of did the same to the stud guard's on the timing cover..  Oh well !!! Wish me luck, Thank's & that's a great video…  By; pust76
    P.S. I used air tool's, nobody need's to do that on this job LoL !!!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick Nicu says:

    Beautiful Dr O! You have to love aftermarket crap! People that make these parts have never held the OEM pump in their hands,not to think they would know what CAD is…

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