2014 Town & Country
Yeah....I had no idea - completely oblivious to there being Atkinson style engines and all of that. Thanks for volunteering that info. My ignorance definitely would’ve made for problematic leak down results wouldn’t it?! Thanks again...you’re a good man!!...Remember that this is an Atkinson cycle engine, so TDC will seem like it has an intake leak. You'll have to go a few degrees beyond TDC to ensure the intake valves are closed.
It’s my wife’s primary driver but we have four cars for three drivers and she usually stays within a small radius of home. It wouldn’t be much of an inconvenience until something goes wrong with one of the other two!!This is not an engine I would recommend to a first-timer for head jobs. It's a full day or two for an experienced mechanic. Given it's not your primary car though, if you did do it, don't freak out if it takes you a whole week. Take your time and double check everything. You have a lot of parts that can be easily misaligned if you rush through it.
Assuming it turns out the head will need removed and I decide to take it on myself, I won’t do it as a time sensitive project. I won’t dive into it until after we’ve replaced her primary driver.
Thanks again guys!! I really appreciate you helping out and talking me through this stuff!